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A New Tool in the Bullfrog Battle: Environmental DNA

Early Detection by eDNA Thanks to Research Coordinator Morgan Sternberg, CKISS is utilizing cutting-edge technology for early detection of American Bullfrogs (Lithobates catesbeianus) in the Creston area. Water samples are painstakingly gathered from water bodies considered to be at risk of Bullfrog invasion.  The samples are then filtered and sent to a lab in Victoria for …  

Students from Rossland’s Seven Summits Centre for Learning are doing their part to increase ecosystem health in the Kootenays.

According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, invasive species are the second greatest threat to biodiversity after habitat loss.  Invasive species are introduced plants, animals, and pathogens that reproduce at high rates and lack any natural predators or controls. As a result, invasive species can negatively impact ecosystems by out competing native …  

NEW Play Clean Go signs & Boot Brushes in B.C Parks.

Give invasive species the brush off! Leaves changing colour, crisp air, the harvest moon; these are signs that autumn has arrived. This time of year is an ideal time to go enjoy the great outdoors and go for a hike. Go outside and play, however be sure you are not bringing any unwanted invasive species with …  

BC Watercraft Inspection Stations: stopping the spread of invasive mussels!

Ten boats carrying live invasive mussels have been stopped at BC borders this summer. As of August 10th, stats are as follows: Watercraft inspected: 17,400 Boats with invasive mussels intercepted: 10! Decontamination orders issued: 75 Number of people reached with Clean, Drain, Dry message: 34,800 For more information, click here Golden is the hotspot! All 10 …  

Invasive Plants Increase Wildfire Risk

Did you know that invasive plants such as Scotch Broom and Cheatgrass can increase the risk of wildfires?   How does this happen? Scotch Broom (Cytisus scoparius) creates dense thickets of dry woody material that is extremely flammable.  This escalates the intensity of wildfires,  leading to increased damage and risk to nearby properties.   Cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) is highly …  

Nakusp Heritage Nursery makes history: the first West Kootenay retailer to become a PlantWise partner!

The horticulture industry has been recognized as a key pathway for invasive species introduction and spread. Introduced invasive garden ornamentals have unique characteristics that allow them to outcompete native vegetation causing economic and environmental harm. Knotweed for example was first introduced to North America as a decorative garden shrub and was popular with gardeners as …