Invasives in the Valley
- "Parks licence plates drive improvements for BC Parks" BC Gov News
At Cultus Lake Provincial Park, BC Parks has partnered with the Fraser Valley Invasive Species Society to control invasive plants and work toward restoring an important conservation area for the Oregon forestsnail, which has a significant impact on the overall health of the forest ecosystem. The Maple Bay camping and day-use area in the park provides valuable habitat for the threatened species, but invasive plants and past recreational activities are affecting that habitat. To restore the area as prime snail habitat, the society plans to remove infestations of invasive plants, replant native species, including stinging nettle, and place woody debris where snails can seek refuge and sleep. Volunteers from the local community have also helped remove invasive plants.
“The Fraser Valley is one of the last remaining areas where Oregon forestsnails exist. Unfortunately, over the years Maple Bay has been a site where garden-waste dumping and recreational activities have negatively impacted the forest understory,” said Kathy Ma Green, executive director, Fraser Valley Invasive Species Society. “The Fraser Valley Invasive Species Society is grateful for funding from the licence plate program, which will help remove the invasive plants and restore this important space for the snails.”
- "B.C. collects thousands of contaminated aquarium moss balls." The Chilliwack Progress
- "Aquarium users in B.C. warned after invasive mussels found at pet store." The Chilliwack Progress
- "B.C. to increase efforts to wipe out invasive Asian giant hornets." CBC News
- "B.C. beekeepers and residents asked to keep lookout after discovery of another Asian giant hornet." CBC News.
- "Residents find queen Asian giant hornet in B.C.'s Fraser Valley as ministry traps sit empty." Penny Daflos, CTV News Vancouver.
- "Beware of the world's deadliest mushroom in the Lower Mainland and southern Vancouver Island this fall." Martin Dunphy, The Georgia Straight.
- "Wet spring allowed invasive weeds to flourish across the FVRD." Jennifer Feinberg, The Chilliwack Progress.
- "American bullfrogs wreaking havoc in Fraser Valley watersheds." Jennifer Feinberg, The Abbotsford News.
- "Do not plant mystery seeds received in mail, warns CFIA." Victoria News Staff, The Abbosford News.
- "Anglers should watch for, remove smallmouth bass from Cultus Lake, researchers say." Adam Louis, Agassiz-Harrison Observer.
- "Pikeminnow still need to be caught despite cancellation of Cultus Lake fishing derby." Jenna Hauck, The Abbotsford News.
- "May is Invasive Species Action Month- Watch What You Mow!" Don Lehn, Fraser Valley News.