While the East Kootenay Invasive Species Council operates a number of different initiatives, its Crown Land Invasive Plant Management program is our core program.
EKISC receives funding on an annual basis from the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, the BC Ministry of Environment, the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, BC Hydro, Fortis BC and TransCanada Pipelines for invasive plant treatments on Highways, BC Parks, Forest Service Roads, Rangeland and Utility Corridors and Right of Ways.
EKISC is responsible for the planning, coordination and monitoring of all Crown land invasive plant treatments on the behalf of each of these organizations. EKISC also hires and supervises contractors who carry out the treatments on Crown land. Most treatments that occur on Crown Land are done using either mechanical or chemical treatment methods. The use of herbicides is the most effective and commonly used tool by EKISC.
To improve delivery of the program, the region is divided up into several, more workable, Invasive Plant Management Areas (IPMAs). Priority invasive plant lists and sites are developed for each IPMA and annual work plans direct contractor’s energies within the areas. Because EKISC has limited resources, it cannot treat every species and every infestation in each IPMA. For this reason, detailed work plans with very clear priorities are developed. The annual work plans are all developed in accordance with EKISC’s Strategic Guidance Document which serves as the blueprint for all ground treatments over the next five years.
To learn more about this large and important EKISC program, please contact us.