Invasive Species Society, land managers meeting Thurs. March 5, 2020

Dear Land Managers,

The Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society (CKISS) would like to invite
you to the annual land managers meeting in Nelson on *Thursday March 5,
2020 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.*

The purposes of this meeting are to:

1.    Share updates and plans for invasive plant management activities by
each organization, including highlights of CKISS activities in 2019 and
plans for 2020.

2.    Discuss updates to priority lists and containment maps of invasive
plant species within each of our Invasive Plant Management Areas (IPMA’s);

3.    Open discussion of how invasive plant management could be improved in
our region.

*Please RSVP by replying to this email before February 28th*. We will send
out meeting materials and location details prior to the meeting.  If you
are unable to attend, we welcome your thoughts and input via email.

If this meeting is not relevant to you, please let us know and/or pass
along this invitation to the appropriate person in your organization.

We look forward to seeing you there and collaborating with all of you to
improve our region’s invasive plant management strategies and priorities.


*Erin Bates, *B.Sc, A.Ag
Executive Director

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*Work Days: Mon-Fri 8:30-4:30*   Email:
Mailing address: Suite 19-622 Front Street, Nelson, BC V1L 4B7

Michelle Mungals’ letter of gratitude to all the people involved in keeping JUMBO WILD

We did it!!

This past weekend I had the honour of participating in the Ktunaxa Nation Council’s Qat ‘muk announcement in Cranbrook. After thirty years of resistance to development in the Purcell mountains, I am so very happy to say, JUMBO IS WILD!

This is an amazing milestone for the Kootenays and I wanted to share with you some of my favourite moments from this wonderful celebration.

Thanks to a collaboration between Ktunaxa Nation Council (KNC), the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia and the Nature Conservancy of Canada, development rights in the Jumbo Valley have been fully and permanently extinguished. Public and private funding has enabled the buyout of all tenures and interests held by Glacier Resorts Ltd. The KNC is working towards the creation of an Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area (IPCA). It will serve to protect both cultural values and biological diversity in part of the Central Purcell Mountains for all time.

More information on this historic announcement HERE (

I want to extend heartfelt gratitude to the Kootenay people who, over the last three decades, have contributed their strength, courage, and tenacity to keep Jumbo wild. Congratulations to all. We did it!


Michelle Mungall,
MLA Nelson-Creston

Hospice Society offers death and dying thoughtful, creative response series. Starts Feb. 22

The Hospice Society of North Kootenay Lake is offering a series called “IT’S DEAD EASY!” on thoughtful and creative responses to death and dying.

The first will be on Green Burials onSaturday February 22, 1-3 pm at the Kaslo Senior’s HallWe invite you to join this conversation about ways of burial that are possible, legal, and desirable, and to hear what different people in our area have experienced.

Green Burial takes into account our need for meaning, human connection, sustainable ways, and healing practices that make sense to us now. All are welcome.

Emergency Contacts

Argenta Emergency Preparedness Group- contact Deb Borsos, 250 366 4325

LV Emergency Preparedness Committee- contact

BC Search and Rescue-

Fire Police or Ambulance- 911

RCMP in Kaslo non-emergency 250353 2225

BC Ambulance Services non-emergency Kaslo & Area D- 1 800 461 9911

Provincial Emergency reporting in BC- 1 800 663 3456

Avalanche update, Jan 19th

Good morning everyone.

Weather forecasts are calling for warming temperatures with valley bottom maximums rising to above zero over the next few days.  Our weather stations to the south in the Kootenay Boundary area are showing the warming trend has already started. Warming temperatures will increase the avalanche hazard at the Lardeau and Coffee Creek bluffs.

No closures or delays planned at this time.  However there has been a lot of new snow on the upper half of the Lardeau slopes since the beginning of January.  Weather permitting, we will likely do some avalanche control at Lardeau over the next few days.

We are monitoring conditions closely and will keep you updated.


Kevin Maloney
Kootenay Avalanche Program Supervisor
250 354 8882
[email sig]

RDCK, Jan. 2020 Agenda, thanks to Aimee Watson

Here are this months agenda’s.

Rural Affairs:…/Gover…/Documents/2020-01-15-RAC_Agenda.pdf

Joint Resource Recovery:
Items 6 and 7 review our transition to Recycle BC and where we are at with the Organics Waste Diversion project.…/Gover…/Documents/2020-01-15-RAC_Agenda.pdf

Board Highlights:
6.3 A new report on economic development in rural back country exploring how resource extraction, recreational use and ecological needs can be best managed. Not an RDCK report but an interesting read. 
7.2 minutes from the recently formed Kootenay Timber Supply coalition, the RDCK has three members on this committee
7.9 Response from Minister Heyman regarding a joint letter from several Regional Districts seeking inclusion of commercial recycling in rural areas into the Recycle BC program- these changes are coming!

Find all the exciting details on our business at the RDCK this month here:…/Go…/Documents/2020-01-16-BRD_Agenda-lr.pdf