Managing invasive species is a BIG JOB, but thanks to the Invasive Species Council of BC StrongerBC program we got a helping hand this year. The goal of the program is to train and employ people who have lost their jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The action teams are trained in all aspects of on the ground invasive species management including surveying, data collection, reporting, treatments and proper disposal. There were 11 crews employed throughout the province and one of them was based in Nelson! The action team wrapped up on October 31,2021 and we want to thank them for their hard work and dedication in invasive species management in our area. Check out some of their work in the slide show below.
“This season’s ISCBC Stronger BC Action Team enjoyed a successful, productive, and enjoyable season in the beautiful West Kootenays. Based out of Nelson, the crew ranged near and far, working in areas such as the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area, local municipalities and Provincial Parks, and remote FSR’s and trails, on the lands of the Syilx, Sinixt, and Ktunaxa people. We were able to learn hands-on about invasive species identification, treatment, and surveying, with every day involving some combination of those three basic skills. The universal highlight among crew members has been interacting with community members, many of whom were eager to learn from us or teach us. Through teaching and listening, we developed a deeper understanding of the natural systems in the area, as well as how invasives can disrupt these systems. Despite being held back by the extreme heat and smoke of the summer, our action team remained highly productive, removing over 4000kg of invasive plants from our many sites throughout the season, as well as surveying other sites. Throughout, we have shared many laughs and jokes, making our work all the easier and more enjoyable. Thanks to CKISS for developing an amazing work plan for us to meander through, and supporting us along the way. We really appreciate it!” – Harry Tudor, ISCBC Action Team Supervisor, Nelson