Diane Story (left)

Diane Story (left)

Friends fight park invaders

The Friends of Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park Society holds its annual general meeting April 24

Efforts are underway to slow down the invasion of Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park.

The Friends of Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park Society holds its annual general meeting April 24 and the discussion will revolve around invasive species.

The guest speaker will be Lisa Scott, with the Okanagan-Similkameen Invasive Species Society.

“She will focus on mussels and other threats to Kal Lake and other Okanagan lakes,” said Harold Sellers, a Friends of Kal Park director.

Zebra and quagga mussels deplete food sources for fish, produce toxins that contaminate drinking water and razor-sharp shells spread across beaches.

Other non-native species are also creating challenges in the park.

“We are formalizing plans to further the successful invasive plant program from 2013,” said Kevin Wilson, B.C. Parks area supervisor.

“With Friends’ assistance, great strides were made in reducing Scotch thistle around the red gate area and we hope to jump on any stray plants quickly in 2014.”

The goal of the Friends of Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park Society is to enhance the environment and encourage responsible use of the park.

“We all love Kal park, let’s all help look after it,” said Val Buchanan, society president.

“It’s our park, a park for all users.”

An ongoing issue is ensuring hikers keep their dogs on leashes.

“This is important for the protection of a multitude of wildlife, including some species at risk, especially in the spring when wildlife is more vulnerable while they are nesting or caring for their young,” said Buchanan.

Leashes also reduce conflicts with other dogs, people and horses.

B.C. Parks, Friends of Kal Park and B.C. Hydro are taking some steps this year to update trail signs.

“You’ll soon see more sturdy and compact signage with distances to further trails and points of interest and more prominent regulatory information,” said Wilson.

The Friends of Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park Society’s annual general meeting will be held April 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Coldstream Women’s Institute Hall on Kalamalka Road.

 

For more information, go to www.kalamalkapark.ca.