Monday, September 26, 2016

For Sale: Washer and Dryer

For sale: Whirlpool washer and dryer.
Top loading, high efficiency, low water use. Excellent shape. White. Asking $500 for pair.

Text or call Francine at 604-785-4352.


Sunday, September 11, 2016

Logan Lake Wetland Restoration Open House

Pacific Water Parsley


Logan Lake Wetland Restoration Open House 

Saturday, September 17th
Noon - 4 pm

Location - Dumois Creek on the Meadow Creek Golf Course upstream of Logan Lake near the maintenance area.

Access via the service road north of the Meadow Creek Golf Course. Please park in the GC parking lot or along the road and walk in along the service road to the maintenance area.

Come and learn all about wetlands, their importance and improving in storing water, influencing climate and how they can be restored.

Wetland tours will be led by students in BCITs Ecological Restoration Program.

Light refreshments available

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Bug collection and dispersion

Knapweed Root Weevil
UPDATE: CANCELLED DUE TO COLD TEMPERATURES

Dr. Catherine Tarasoff, a representative from the TNRD Noxious Weeds Program, will be leading us on a field trip to collect bugs and distribute them to the various knapweed sites we have identified around Lac Le Jeune. This is all part of our Invasive Plants Program for our community.

When: Wednesday, 7 September, 2016 @ 1:00pm
Where: Meet at Corinne Schock's house - 3821 Ridgemont

Please check back for any updates to this schedule; we may need to make adjustments as a result of weather or project priorities.


Friday, August 26, 2016

You are invited...

Leslee Lucy and Jim Adams will be hosting a Meet and Greet BBQ for MLA Jackie Tegart at their home.

3728 Ridgemont Drive
Tuesday Aug 30 from 5:30 - 8:30

This is an opportunity for you to socialize with your Lac Le Jeune community and give Jackie a voice for any concerns you feel you would like to have addressed.

Please call or text 250-574-4730 to RSVP, so they can plan food and drink accordingly.

~ Leslee Lucy~

Thursday, August 11, 2016

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Lac Le Jeune Conservation Association AGM Agenda


LAC LE JEUNE
CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

When: Sunday August 14, 2016, 11:00 – 12:00 
Where: Lac Le Jeune Provincial Park Day Area Shelter

There will be a BBQ lunch to follow for LLJCA families and guests, including fun activities for kids!

AGENDA
11:00 – 11:30
  1. Approval of the AGM minutes of August 30, 2015
  2. Water Monitoring Project
  3. Ajax Mine Community Advisory Group
  4. Citizens on Patrol
  5. Invasive Plants Program
  6. Community Directory
  7. Treasurer's report

    11:30 – 11:55 Guest Speakers 


  8. RCMP
  9. TNRD
  10. BC Parks (see report)
  11. Kamloops Bike Riders Association

    11:55 – 12:00
  12. Elections
  13. Meeting Adjournment 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Report from Michelle Wiebe, BC Parks

Here is an update from Michelle Wiebe on activities related to BC Parks and Lac Le Jeune.


Hi All!

I hope everyone is having a great summer this year despite the weather that seems to be all over the place!

I have spent quite a bit of time in Lac Le Jeune this year - particularly in the last couple of weeks - as you will see in the attachment.

Despite Sylvia Currie inviting me to the 2016 LLJ AGM awhile ago, I am unable to attend - I apologize for missing it again. 

I am including a summary of the highlights of the projects BC Parks has been working on in 2016 - please see attached PDF.

I hope your meeting is productive and fun for all of those attend - I will be there in spirit!


Much appreciated,
Michelle

Area Supervisor                      
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Southern Rivers Area               Thompson-Cariboo Region    
Ministry of Environment           BC Parks & Conservation Officer Service
1259 Dalhousie Drive                Kamloops, BC, V2C 5Z5
Office: 250-371-6286              Cell: 250-319-7267       Fax: 250-828-4000




Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Bear and Cub on Gus Johnson

John Krawchuck reported a sow bear and cub sighting on the Gus Johnson. They were spotted this morning around 8am at 50.47634, -120.48322, near the gate close to Big Bay, known as Pirate Bay to some.

I added a Wildlife Sighting marker to our new Lac Le Jeune Community Map. If you spot wildlife you can add a marker to the map, along with the date and approximate time. No log in required. Adding markers is mostly for fun, but it might also help us to make decisions about where to venture out if there are persistent sightings, and over time we might begin to see patterns. Feel free to add historical data as well!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Lac Le Jeune Conservation Association - Time to Renew Your Membership!

Membership in the Lac Le Jeune Conservation Association is $10 per household, per year. The funds support conservation work and education in our community.

You can pay your annual membership fees

at the Annual General Meeting:

August 14, 2016 at 11:00am 
followed by a BBQ lunch and activities for the kids
Lac Le Jeune Provincial Park Day Area Shelter

or at any time by mailing a cheque to the address on the form.

Invasive Plants Program

Thanks to Corinne Schock, LLJ Conservation Association President, for hosting an information session, and to Dr. Catherine Tarasoff, a representative from the TNRD Noxious Weeds Program, for sharing her expertise and advice, we are on our way to implementing an Invasive Plants Program for our community. 

During our information session on August 4, 2016, Catherine Tarasoff outlined the options for weed control and restoration, responded to our questions, and pointed out what to look for during an informative walkabout.

Options:

1. Goats

  • This option is very effective; there are several success stories in the Kamloops area.
  • Is an expensive option.
  • It is a long-term commitment. For example, you don't just bring in goats for one season. 
  • Goats are fun :)

2. Herbicide

  • Targeted use of herbicides can be effective; it is absorbed into the leaves of only the plants you wish to eradicate. 
  • Herbicides like Round Up remain in the soil, so only careful and selective application is advised.
  • Timing is important -- early in the season is best.
  • Requires knowledge of how to keep yourself safe, and the environmental impact
  • Some funding is available through TNRD to share costs of hiring a company with a commercial herbicide applicators license. 
  • Certification is available through the Ministry of Agriculture.

3. Bio-control

  • Bio-control insects are collected then released in target areas.
  • These insects are host-specific, so would eat roots, stems, and seeds in selected plants such as knapweed, and leave other vegetation alone.
  • We need to identify areas that have large infestations of specific species. Knapweed is an obvious plant to target.
  • Insects travel slowly to extend the size of the target site.
  • Hand-pulling weeds outside perimeter of bio-controlled areas will contain the activity.
  • As with the Goat program, bio-control is a long term commitment. We won't see results immediately, but with coordinated effort we will eliminate undesirable plants in our area.
  • This program is free through TNRD. Lac Le Jeune is officially on the list for introducing insects later in August!

Main considerations for our community plan

  • Our goal is to reduce the unwanted plants, but it's equally important to focus on plants we want to introduce.
  • Take advantage of resources currently available through TNRD (biocontrol program, free clear plastic bags, free disposal of weeds at transfer stations).
  • Liaise with key organizations: Southern Interior Weed Management Committee oversees all efforts.
  • Continue with education programs about plants, and processes for controlling them.
  • Centralize information about invasive plant sightings and bio-control applications (LLJ blog, community map).
  • Coordinate with the company mowing along our roads. If the mowing is scheduled too late in the season it's actually better NOT to mow.
  • Recruit members of the community to "adopt" an area and assist with insect collection (Great activity for kids!)
  • Document our process and share our story!

Photos from our information session

White Clover

Knapweed

Bugs on knapweed head -- seed eaters. That's good!

One of many types of thistles -- Scotch?