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Invasive Species Management in the East & West Kootenays

June 29, 2021 - 11:30am(PDT/PST)
Location: 
BCIA webinar
Kootenay Boundary (District 1)
PD hours: 
1

 

Join the Kootenay Boundary Branch on June 29th to learn about invasive species management and projects in the East and West Kootenays. This webinar will feature three speakers who are working towards reducing the occurrence and impacts of invasive species to improve ecosystem health and function.

Date: Tues. June 29 @ 11:30 am -12:30pm PST

Please use the following link to sign in to the webinar on June 29th. https://bcia.adobeconnect.com/webinars/  Sign in with your first and last name

Robyn Hooper, PAg, is the Executive Director of the Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society and a Professional Agrologist (BCIA).  Robyn has been working with CSISS since April 2014 overseeing fund development, administration, Board governance, staff management, invasive species outreach programs, field mapping and monitoring programs, and partnership engagement. Robyn has a Dual Masters degree (Masters of Science, SLU and Masters of Forestry, UBC) and has worked throughout BC and Sweden engaging local communities and key stakeholders in climate change adaptation issues. Robyn is the Vice President of the Kootenay Branch of the BC Institute of Agrology, a member of the Columbia Basin AIS Steering Committee, the National Clean Drain Dry Committee, and East Kootenay Stewardship Committee (Kootenay Conservation Program).

Robyn will present on the role of the Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society and other regional invasive species groups in the Kootenay-Boundary BCIA region, as well as couple key invasive species to watch for and a neat reporting APP (ReportInvasives) that can be used to ID and report invasive species.

Myra Juckers is an MSc student, Department of Soil Science at the University of Saskatchewan. She grew up in southern Ontario where she developed an interest in the natural environment, its conservation and management. Myra graduated in 2013 with a BSc in Environmental and Resource Science from Trent University. In August 2014, she moved to Cranbrook, BC to work at Keefer Ecological Services Ltd (KES). While working at KES she conducted invasive plant management with Tobacco Plains Indian Band on their reserve. These efforts inspired her MSc project examining sulphur cinquefoil (Potentilla recta) invasion in rangelands in southeastern BC.

Myra’s presentation will focus on her research examining management practices to control the invasion of sulphur cinquefoil (Potentilla recta) within rangelands in southeastern British Columbia. Specifically, she will be discussing her results on the efficacy of goat grazing and herbicide (Milestone®) application to control sulphur cinquefoil. As well, the effectiveness of a native plant community in suppressing sulphur cinquefoil growth.

Hanna McIntyre, PAg, is a Range Agrologist with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRO & RD) and a Professional Agrologist with the BCIA. Hanna grew up in the South Country area of the East Kootenays and  has always had a passion for grasslands, ecosystems and agriculture. Hanna graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a B.Sc. in Environmental Science in 2017 and then returned to the Cranbrook area to work for FLNRO & RD in the Range Program. Hanna is also a Professional Development coordinator for the Kootenays Branch of the BC Institute of Agrologists.

Hanna will present on the Peckham’s Ecosystem Restoration and Seeding Refurbishment project that is being completed near Horseshoe Lake south of Fort Steele. The Peckham’s Lake Range Unit is an area with a variety of overlapping and diverse land use values that has had large domestic seedings installed across the landscape during the 1970s/ 1980s.  With little to no inputs over time, invasive plants spread across the project area (mainly yellow hawkweed, sulphur cinquefoil, saint john’s wort). The Peckham’s Ecosystem Restoration and Seeding Refurbishment project aims to improve ecosystem health by reducing invasive plants and restoring/ refurbishing domestic seedings to benefit all resource users, including wildlife and livestock who depend upon the forage resource. Hanna will provide a brief history of the area, an overview of the current project treatments, discuss previous treatments in 2019, and outline successes, challenges and future site goals.