We’re taking this opportunity to share what Columbia Basin Trust and other organizations are doing in the fight against invasive species. We also hope you’ll take advantage of events and information to learn how to take positive actions to combat the spread of invasive species.
Invasive species are plants, animals, fungi and microorganisms from other areas that don’t naturally occur here. They threaten the biodiversity of natural habitats which impacts the environment, the economy and society more broadly.
Combating the spread of invasive mussels
The Trust has partnered with the BC Government, Columbia Power Corporation, BC Hydro and FortisBC to support the Invasive Mussel Defence Program. Since 2015, we have committed $1.06 million to this program, which aims to prevent zebra and quagga mussels from entering the province. There will be 12 boat inspection stations, six of which are in the Basin. This year the province announced dedicated annual funding to the Invasive Mussel Defence Program. Learn more about this program here.
Reducing the spread of aquatic invasive species
For years, the Trust has supported efforts to prevent and reduce invasive species in our environment, and has made this an objective in its Environment Strategic Plan. We have given grants to various groups, for example, for projects that focus on invasive species. In 2014 we began a $936,000, six-year partnership with invasive species organizations in the Basin to address aquatic invasive species in our region. We’re also supporting the suppression of the invasion of northern pike in the Columbia River, a species that threatens native fish populations and the recovery of species at risk.
Check out your local invasive species organizations to learn more about events happening in our region, including a photo contest!
- Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society
- Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society
- East Kootenay Invasive Species Council
- Northwest Invasive Plant Council
- Invasive Species Council of BC
Learn more about how the Trust supports a healthy environment here.