Sunday, August 12, 2018

Changes to our mailing addresses

Canada Post is discontinuing the use of postal box numbers. Instead, we will be using our street (aka 911) addresses. Letters were distributed in July outlining the changes.

Remember to pick up your new mailbox keys beginning Monday, August 20th.

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Friday, August 10, 2018

LLJCA AGM + 2018 Info Sheet

This is the updated one-pager to outline what the Lac Le Jeune Conservation Association is all about. Have a look, pass it along to your new neighbours, and be sure to come to the Annual General Meeting!

When: September 9, 2018 @ 11:00
Where: Lac Le Jeune Provincial Park day area shelter


 

Thursday, August 2, 2018

The toads are crossing the road!

The western toad migration has begun! These little guys cross Lac Le Jeune Road every summer around this time in a 1-kilometre stretch of road near the Michell Ranch.

You can help out these little toads by taking the Coquihalla on your trips to Kamloops during these few days of migration. They are so small many people don’t even notice them on the road.


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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Learn to Fish program

Reminder! There are more Learn to Fish opportunities this summer for your kids, age 5 - 15.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Our Lake - Status Report

The following is a status report from Hugh Burton



Andrew Mac Math and I have done the first two lake profiles for May and June. (see attachments) It is my intention to continue doing a profile at least once per month till ice on or it gets too darn cold to continue.
 It is not an onerous or difficult task, so if anyone wants to volunteer an hour or so I would really appreciate it. Give me a call: 250-314-6760 or send an email to this address. It takes two people to do it safely, so if you have someone who you could partner up with I would be happy to provide a demo on the procedure. 
The best results are obtained by ensuring that the profiles are taken within a few days either side of ones done in previous years. This means that the next one is due between the 16th and 20th of July. 
Comments: Refer to the data sheets below for values.
On the whole our lake is doing not too badly for a lake that is in the middle of its life and whose watershed has undergone significant changes over the past 30 to 40 years – expansion of residential and park areas, increase in paved roads with commensurate increase in vehicular traffic and most recently the pine beetle infestation. 
Whether you have been boating or fishing or just using the lake water for the household, you will have noticed that, over the past two years the lake water has become quite brown in colour and the sediment concentration has increased considerably. I know that I have had to change my filters almost twice as often over this time frame.
Both of these conditions reduce the transparency of the water Note the difference in the secchi depth between June 17/17 and June 18/18  - 5.7m vs  3.9m. (Secchi depth is a measure of the transparency of the water).
There are a number of factors that have come together to produce these conditions. 
First: A significant percentage of the watershed is still recovering from the pine beetle infestation. Debris from the logging is now decaying providing an increase in organic material and.
Second: The vegetation replacing the pine forest is predominantly deciduous poplar,aspen, alder and willow, all of which produce leaf litter that as it decays adds to the organic loading in the form of tannins (hence the brown colour).  
Third: The pine tree removal has led to an increase in exposed ground leading to greater than normal erosion, which has been magnified by two years of heavier than normal snow load followed by relatively high runoff. 
Forth: The beaver activity at the outlet is maintaining a high water level throughout the year which causes a reduction in the flow through and resultant slow clearing of the lake. Variation in lake, water level is essential to a healthy aquatic environment. 
Higher than normal water levels cause incorporation of shore areas that at normal levels would be dry. This may also lead to an increase in conductive salts and sediment through erosive wave action and leaching. Note the elevated numbers under specific conductance columns.
Long term high water levels also increase the organic material loading by eventually killing vegetation in the affected areas. This decays over time, which may, if severe enough, lead to an undesirably high organic content and reduced O2 levels during the winter resulting in possible fish kill. (this is not a problem at this point in our lake). 
Ideally, the water levels should vary throughout the year. Temporary high water levels will increase the nutrients essential to the support of the food chain and therefore to a healthier lake. Changes in water level are also necessary for the health of the wet lands that are so important in purifying water and providing bio-habitat.
Obviously there is a delicate balance that must be maintained among these factors if optimal conditions are to prevail.
The changes we are seeing will definitely affect our aquatic environment in the short term but they are probably not so much detrimental as they are annoying. However, they do demonstrate the need for careful monitoring and maintenance of our watershed.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Joey needs a home

UPDATE: Joey has been adopted! 

Joey is a friendly 1 year old short hair brown tabby. He loves to play but is happy to relax on his own as well. He is very smart and was even taught to do cat agility with the students! Joey needs to be in a home with no other cats where he has space to roam and explore. He can be very gentle but also can play quite rough at times so therefore would prefer a home with older children that respect his space. 

If you’re interested in adopting Joey please email Thompson Rivers University Animal Heath Technology: tgeiger@tru.ca or swalczak@tru.ca




Friday, June 29, 2018

Category 2 open fire bans in place -- includes fireworks

From the BC Wildfire Services:

It’s almost the Canada Day long weekend, and we know many people are making plans to celebrate – which may mean using fireworks. But did you know that firework bans have been implemented alongside Category 2 and 3 open fire bans?

Current Category 2 open fire bans are in place in the Cariboo, Kamloops, and Coastal Fire Centres (excluding the Haida Gwaii Natural Resource District and the Fog Zone). The Cariboo, Kamloops, and Southeast Fire Centres additionally have Category 3 open fire bans at this time.

Setting off fireworks is considered to be a high-risk activity, since they can easily ignite forest fuels and start a wildfire.


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Friday, June 1, 2018

Mobile Library Comes to Lac Le Jeune!

The new Mobile Library came to Lac Le Jeune today!

Photo by Corinne Schock

Tracy Upton passed along this message from Jenny Abramzik, TNRD library head of outreach services:
We're a full service library- we offer patrons wifi and use of tablets, and thousands of books, DVDs, magazines, audiobooks and video games for all ages. Patrons can request items from anywhere in the system and we'll put it on the Mobile Library for them. 
We'll be visiting Lac Le Jeune every third Friday from 11:00-noon, starting June 1st. 
Please get in touch if you have any further questions: jabramzik@tnrd.ca 250-376-3526

Also, thanks to Coleen Krawchuk, we have a regular inflow of books donated by the TNRD Library system for placement in our Little Free Libraries.

Further information:


Look for the Mobile Library by the community mailboxes from 11:00 - 12:00  June 1, June 22, July 13, August 3, August 24, September 21, and October 12.

Happy reading!

Monday, May 21, 2018

News Release: Tougher off-road vehicle rules and new fines to reduce wildfire risks

News Release: Tougher off-road vehicle rules and new fines to reduce wildfire risks

https://news.gov.bc.ca/16680

Logan Lake

Effective immediately, the British Columbia government has increased some wildfire-related penalties up to $100,000, to assist with fire prevention and discourage irresponsible off-road vehicle use, Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, announced today.
“These changes reflect the tougher stand that our government is taking to eliminate unnecessary wildfire risks, encourage compliance, protect communities from harm and help keep British Columbians safe,” said Donaldson.
Spark arrestors required for off-road vehicles (ORVs):
  • All off-road vehicles are now required to have a spark arrestor installed to reduce wildfire risks when operating on Crown land. A spark arrestor is a small screen or other device that is installed in an exhaust system to stop sparks or other exhaust residue from exiting the tailpipe.
  • Many new models of ORVs already have a spark arrestor. Owners of older models that do not have spark arrestors will need to get them installed if they wish to operate the ORV on Crown land.
  • A contravention could result in a violation ticket fine of $460 or an administrative monetary penalty of up to $10,000 if an ORV without a spark arrestor is operating at a time or place where there is a risk of a wildfire starting.
  • If a wildfire starts, the operator could receive a violation ticket fine of $575, an administrative monetary penalty of up to $10,000, or a court fine up to $1,000,000 and/or up to three years in jail. The person responsible could also be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.
Increased or additional fines for wildfire-related infractions:
  • The Wildfire Regulation has been amended to add a new administrative monetary penalty up to $100,000 for violations related to utility transmission operations. Examples would be when a wildfire is started by a downed power line, or when vegetation near a utility line has not been adequately maintained and a tree falls on an energized line, starting a fire. Similar provisions are in place for other industrial activities, so this amendment makes the Wildfire Regulation consistent across the sector.
  • The Wildfire Regulation has been amended to add a new administrative monetary penalty up to $10,000 for not complying with a stop-work order. This change will give the Province additional compliance and enforcement options to deal with people who continue to engage in a high-risk activity after a stop-work order has been issued.
  • The Violation Ticket Administration and Fines Regulation has been amended to increase three fines for contraventions of the Wildfire Act. The cost of a contravention will increase from $767 to $1,150 for:
    • failing to comply with restricted area requirements;
    • failing to comply with an order restricting an activity or use; and
    • failing to comply with an order to leave a specified area.
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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Free Disposal Day - April 29th







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April 29th is free disposal day at the Lac Le Jeune transfer station.

Residents may bring ONE FREE LOAD PER HOUSEHOLD to their local Eco-Depot or Transfer Station on event day. One load is defined as a maximum of one 8 foot pick-up truck box OR one 8’ foot trailer. Residents can save money on materials normally charged disposal fees for such as cooling appliances, tires on rim, mattresses, furniture, demolition/construction waste, wood waste, roofing shingles, and household garbage.