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Giant Hogweed vs Cow Parsnip: What is the difference?

We have been receiving many reports of giant hogweed in the area. Thanks very much folks for your reports. To date, all reports have been identified as cow parsnip (Heracleum maximum), a common native plant species. Here is some information to assist you in accurately identifying cow parsnip and giant hogweed. Cow Parsnip (native) Height …  

To date B.C. is still mussel free!

If invasive zebra and quagga mussels ended up in B.C lakes and rivers they would pose significant harm to our economy, the environment and society. Mussels can clog pipes, damage property and equipment, displace native aquatic plants and wildlife, limit recreation opportunities, and affect drinking water quality. Luckily B.C to date is still mussel free thanks …  

Bullfrog Open House in Creston

CKISS and the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area (CVWMA) hosted an open house in Creston earlier this week to educate residents about the threat of invasive American Bullfrogs. Creston residents learned: Why Bullfrogs are a threat to the Creston area ecosystem, and their current known locations How to identify and report Bullfrogs Details of what …  

Invasive Plant Causes Trail Closure

Ever wondered how invasive weeds might impact you? The lower section of the Green Door Trail near Warfield, BC is closing on June 13, 2016 due to an infestation of Wild Chervil. We are coordinating efforts with the landowners (Teck), and the Kootenay Columbia Trails Society (KCTS) to eradicate the infestation.  An alternate trail has been …  

Rossland Students Take Action on Invasive Species

To celebrate Invasive Species Action month CKISS visited the multi-age class students from the Rossland Summit School on Wednesday May 18th. The students utilized the outdoor classroom and surrounding trails to learn about invasive species, the impacts they have and what can be done to keep such invaders from disturbing the ecology. “The Kootenay region …  

Invasive Species Action Month Photo Contest

Now’s your chance to show us your best photo of taking action on invasive plants or animals, or highlighting a key invasive species in your community, and win some great prizes, including a Go Pro camera! Photos could show people participating in weed pulls, cleaning hiking boots, pets, bike tires or work equipment of burrs …  

CKISS is Hiring!! Get your application in by April 15th

Are you curious as to the issue and impacts of invasive species in the Central Kootenay region? Do you want to minimize the impacts of invasive species on the ecosystems, communities, and economy of the Central Kootenay region? If you do, then there are exciting opportunities for you to join the team at CKISS! We are looking for …