NEWS 

August 15, 2018

 

A gate has been installed as per Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development approval of the Motorized Access Restrictions on the CVWMA at the south dike of Duck Lake. This closure will be in place from today, August 15th thru October 15, and again in the spring from March 15 to April 30th. The new regulation can be viewed in the 2018-2020 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis, MU 4-6, page 48. Please contact your regional office with any questions.
Cranbrook: 250-489-8540
Nelson: 250-354-6333

Pedestrian and bicycle traffic is still welcome on the dyke during the motorized vehicle restriction, however, please be alert and careful to allow Northern Leopard Frogs to migrate safely across the dike.

 

 

 

July 30, 2018

The CVWMA administration office will be closed Tuesday, July 31, 2018 thru Monday, August 6th for staff holidays and the BC Day long weekend.  Permits and information can be obtained on this website.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

July 23 , 2018

CVWMA USED AS DUMP SITE

Unfortunately, CVWMA land was used as a dump site for a delapidated older travel trailer. The trailer in the photos was abandoned at the trestle parking area near the north end of Duck Lake, just off Hwy 3A.

Anyone having information regarding this trailer and/or who may have left it there, is asked to inform the Creston RCMP at 250-428-9313, referencing file #2018-2044

We greatly appreciate Earl Betker at Earl's Towing who has offered to haul the trailer away at no cost to CVWMA, other than the dump fees.

 

 

 

July 18, 2018

ATTENTION CVWMA USERS!

The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development has approved a Motorized Vehicle Access Restriction at the south dike of Duck Lake. Access to the dike beyond the north end of Channel Road (49⚬ 12' 21" N and 116⚬ 35' 41" W) will be restricted annually from March 15 - April 30th and August 15 - October 15.  Only non-motorized access will be allowed during those periods.

The new regulation can be viewed in the 2018-2020 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis, MU 4-6, page 48.

Please direct any inquiries to your regional MFLNRO & RD office.

Cranbrook:  250-489-8540     Nelson:  250-354-6333

 

JULY 9, 2018

For those walking or biking through Summit Creek and Leach Lake areas, we just received a report of a cougar sightingBe aware of your surroundings and PLEASE keep dogs leached at all times!  Thank you!

 

May 28, 2018

NEW JOB POSTING

 

Conservation Programs Assistant

 

Organization: Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area

Location: Creston, British Columbia

Duration: 1-year contract with probability of permanent full-time.

Posted: 28 May 2018

Closing Date: 3 July 2018, 4:00 pm Pacific Time

Tentative Start Date: 4 September 2018

 About the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area

The Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area (CVWMA) is a 7,000-ha internationally recognized wetland under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, providing habitat for a wide variety of birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, plants, and invertebrates. CVWMA is a governmental non-profit organization that was established in 1968 to conserve and manage the wetland, in particular waterfowl. The CVWMA is also an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area and an Important Amphibian and Reptile Area, in Canada.

CVWMA is looking for a driven and passionate Conservation Programs Assistant to support the Head of Conservation Programs in the delivery of projects, and operations and maintenance activities. This new and exciting position will offer the successful candidate the opportunity to apply his or her skills to frequently changing and challenging environments. As well, the position will provide valuable learning and professional development opportunities within a small organizational structure.

Working closely with the Head of Conservation Programs, the Conservation Programs Assistant will have broad-ranging responsibilities involving all aspects of wetland management, including access management, infrastructure operations and maintenance, public and community relations, project management, communications, and general administration.

TO VIEW FULL JOB POSTING DETAILS, PLEASE click here.

 

 

 

 

April 13, 2018

 

 

NOTICE TO DUCK LAKE USERS - CROSS DYKE OPEN

The Duck Lake dyke is now open to vehicle traffic. We appreciate your patience during the closure and wish to remind motorists to drive with caution and be respectful to all users. Thank you!

 

 

 

March 21, 2018

 

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS AT CRESTON VALLEY WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA TO RESUME THIS SPRING

Columbia Basin Trust provides $295,000 toward facilities and programming

 (Columbia Basin) – Environmental education and awareness programs at the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area are going to continue under new management. Since 1974, these programs were provided by the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Authority, but this ended with the permanent closure of the interpretive centre in October 2017. Now the programs will continue thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Authority and the Kootenay-Columbia Discovery Centre Society (KCDCS), with funding from Columbia Basin Trust.    

The informative and fun programs engaged with thousands of visitors each year, teaching them about wetland ecosystems and wildlife. Now, with $295,000 in support from the Trust over five years, this valuable service will continue to welcome students, residents and tourists of all ages.

“The community showed great support for these programs, and residents moved quickly to make sure they wouldn’t lose this educational, economic and cultural resource,” said Kindy Gosal Columbia Basin Trust, Director Special Initiatives. “We’re pleased to help this community act on such a widely held priority and give the society a sense of financial stability while it works toward its future.”

KCDCS will use $95,000 this year to cover transition costs; install a portable classroom, office and washrooms; and deliver a variety of programming for adults and children, such as canoe tours, family fun days and special events. For the subsequent four years, the Trust will provide $50,000 per year to continue to support the programs.

 Jim Posynick is Chair of the KCDCS. “The Wetland Education and Awareness Program creates an understanding and appreciation for the natural world so participants can make informed decisions and actions related to the environment. It also gives volunteers, community members and other organizations opportunities to help promote wetland conservation, stewardship and research. Having a safe, functional and appealing temporary home and the funding to think long-term will provide us with the foundation we need while making plans for a permanent location.”

This project is one example of how the Trust helps communities and residents achieve their collective priorities and take action on issues and opportunities. Learn more at ourtrust.org/community.

Columbia Basin Trust supports the ideas and efforts of the people in the Columbia Basin. To learn more about the Trust’s programs and initiatives, and how it helps deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the Basin, visit ourtrust.org or call 1.800.505.8998.

 MEDIA CONTACT

Emily Gilmar

Columbia Basin Trust

1.800.505.8998

egilmar@cbt.org

 

March 15, 2018

Upcoming Workshop

The Columbia Mountain Institute of Applied Ecology is delivering a workshop on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Managing Health of Fish and Wildlife in Kimberley, BC from May 1-2, 2018.

If interested in more information, click here.

 

JANUARY 17, 2018

Attention Birders! There has been a sighting in the Creston area of a goldfinch showing signs of a disease. It is possible that it could be Mycoplasma gallisepticum infection. It is a condition of the finch. It has been recorded in BC but not much evidence of it lately.

IF YOU SEE A BIRD THAT MIGHT HAVE THIS CONDITION, PLEASE REPORT IT THROUGH THE FOLLOWING LINK.

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/…/wildli…/report-sick-or-dead-animals

Here is what the bird might look like:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DECEMBER 21, 2017

Duck Lake Dike Temporarily Closed Due to Snow

As of 11:30am on Thursday, December 21...

Due to the heavy snowfall in the past days and for public safety, CVWMA has temporarily closed the dikes around Duck Lake to motorized vehicles. People are welcome to walk, ski, or snowshoe on the dikes.  Please remember that snowmobiles, ATV or any other types of motorized vehicles are strictly prohibited.

Thank you for your cooperation.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (250) 402 6900.  The dikes will reopen when it is safe to do so.

 

 

 

December 20, 2017

Chance for Public Comments on Proposed Seasonal Road Closure

The Northern Leopard Frog Recovery Team (NLFRT) is concerned with road mortality rates of Northern Leopard Frogs at Duck Lake - an average of 23% over the last 8 years.  They have enacted voluntary road closures over the past few years but their research indicates that the closures have been ineffective at reducing mortality rates by vehicles.

The NLFRT has submitted a proposal for a legal regulation change under the Wildlife Act to institute a seasonal motorized use closure during the spring (March 15-April 30) and fall (August 15-October 15) migration periods for the Northern Leopard Frog.

There is an opportunity for public comments through an online portal on the Ministry of Forest, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development website.  The comment period closes on January 19, 2018.

To access the online portal, please click here.

If for some reason comments cannot be provided through the portal, please send comments to: fishandwildlife@gov.bc.ca and reference the following: Creston Valley Motor Vehicle Prohibition, Regulation Number: 2018-4-11.

 

October 12, 2017

Request for Quotes: CVWMA Office Siding Replacement

The CVWMA Office, located at 1874 Wildlife Road, is in need of new siding.  

Interested contractors may submit a quote to biology@crestonwildlife.caQuotes must be received before 4:00 PM PDT on Friday, November 3rd, 2017.

Click here to view the detailed quote package

 

AUGUST 31, 2017

REDUCE VEHICLE TRAVEL AT DUCK LAKE AND HELP THE NORTHERN LEOPARD FROG MIGRATION THIS FALL

The Provincial Northern Leopard Frog Recovery Team (NLFRT), comprised of members from the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations, the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area, and private consultants, is soliciting Duck Lake users' help to protect and recover the northern leopard frog by avoiding driving motorized vehicles on the dikes around Duck Lake from September 1st to October 15th, between 6:00 PM and 6:00 AM.

The Creston Valley is home to the last population of leopard frogs in British Columbia and is one of the most endangered species of wildlife in the province. In the fall, the leopard frog moves from its breeding and summer grounds to overwintering habitat and requires crossing the dikes south of Duck Lake. The frog migration is highly dependent on weather conditions and can occur from late August to late October but generally peaks during the month of September, and mostly takes place between dusk and dawn. The frogs not only cross the dikes to get to the overwintering habitat, but they also use the warm gravelly surface to forage around; this makes them extremely vulnerable to being run over by motorized vehicles.

The NLFRT has been collecting mortality data over several years and feels it is critical to get the public's cooperation, drivers in particular, to provide the leopard frogs with a safe migration during this critical period. The NLFRT is calling for a "voluntary" vehicle road closure between 6:00 PM and 6:00 AM from September 1st to October 15th along the dikes (highlighted in red on the attached map.)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 28, 2017

Request for Quotes: CVWMA Office Roof Replacement

The CVWMA Office, located at 1874 Wildlife Road, is in need of a new roof. CVWMA is looking for a Contractor that will remove the old metal roof and replace with new roofing material. 

Interested Contractors may submit a quote to biology@crestonwildlife.ca. Quotes must be received before 4:00 PM Pacific Time on August 1st, 2017.

Click here to view the document

May 31, 2017 

Due to rising water levels caused by the combination of late snow melt, high water levels in the Kootenay River, and recent precipitation, access to some areas in the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area may be closed to users in the coming days and weeks.

Areas of concerns at this time are the Leach Lake Unit and the Corn Creek Unit north of Highway 3.

For the safety of all, we are asking the public to stay away from fast flowing streams and respect all signage and closure notices. Stay tuned to our website for updates. 

 

APRIL 28, 2017

NOTICE TO DUCK LAKE USERS - CROSS DYKE OPEN

The Duck Lake dyke is now open to vehicle traffic. We appreciate your patience during the closure and wish to remind motorists to drive with caution and be respectful to all users. Thank you! 

 

February 27, 2017

NOTICE TO DUCK LAKE USERS - CROSS DYKE TEMPORARILY CLOSED

The Duck Lake cross dyke off Channel Road is now temporarily closed to vehicle traffic. Due to the excessive snowfall and recent mild weather, the cross dyke has become extremely soft, muddy, and unsafe to drive on. To limit the negative impacts that vehicles will have to the dyke surface at this time, the dyke will remain closed to vehicle traffic until conditions improve. Pedestrian traffic is welcome.  

We appreciate your understanding. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (250) 402 6900.


JANUARY 27, 2017

JOB POSTING - FIELD OPERATIONS TECHNICIAN

The Creston Valley Wildlife Management Authority is looking for an adaptable, autonomous, and creative individual to fill the role of Field Operations Technician.

As a member of the CVWMA team, you will be responsible for the management and maintenance of wetland compartments, associated infrastructure and equipment. To view the complete job posting, please click here

Closing deadline: February 23, 2017 - 4:30 p.m. PDT

 

January 24, 2017

JOB POSTING - SEASONAL WETLAND NATURALISTS

We are currently hiring Wetland Naturalists for the 2017 season at the Wildlife Interpretation Centre! To view the full job description and application instructions, please click here.

Closing deadline: March 3, 2017 - 4:30 p.m. PDT

 

AUGUST 12, 2016

REDUCE VEHICLE TRAVEL AT DUCK LAKE AND HELP THE NORTHERN LEOPARD FROG MIGRATION THIS SEPTEMBER

The Provincial Northern Leopard Frog Recovery Team (NLFRT), comprised of members from the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations, the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area, and private consultants, is soliciting Duck Lake users' help to protect and recover the northern leopard frog by avoiding driving motorized vehicles on the dikes around Duck Lake during the month of September, between sunset and sunrise.

The Creston Valley is home to the last population of leopard frogs in British Columbia and is one of the most endangered species of wildlife in the province. In the fall, the leopard frog moves from its breeding and summer grounds to overwintering habitat and requires crossing the dikes south of Duck Lake. The frog migration is highly dependent on weather conditions and can occur from late August to late October but generally peaks during the month of September, and mostly takes place between dusk and dawn. The frogs not only cross the dikes to get to the overwintering habitat, but they also use the warm gravelly surface to forage around; this makes them extremely vulnerable to being run over by motorized vehicles.

The NLFRT has been collecting mortality data over several years and feels it is critical to get the public's cooperation, drivers in particular, to provide the leopard frogs with a safe migration during the month of September.  The NLFRT is calling for a "voluntary" vehicle road closure between sunset and sunrise during that period along the dikes highlighted (red) on the attached map. Anyone with comments or suggestions is welcomed to contact Mike Knapik, Habitat Management Section Head, in Nelson at 250-354-6354.  Your cooperation in this important conservation initiative is greatly appreciated.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 18, 2016

JOB POSTING - EDUCATION AND COMMUNICATION COORDINATOR POSITION (MATERNITY LEAVE)

The Creston Valley Wildlife Management Authority is looking for an energetic and dedicated individual to fill the Education and Communication Coordinator position for one year (maternity leave).

As a member of the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area (CVWMA) Team, you will be responsible for the operation of the Wildlife Interpretation Centre, the delivery of communications, and the promoting the CVWMA.

A full job description can be found here.

Closing deadline: August 10th, 2016 - 4:30 p.m. PDT

If you're interested in this opportunity, please submit your cover letter and résumé for confidential consideration to the attention of:

Marc-André Beaucher, Head of Operations

Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area

Email: resumes@crestonwildlife.ca

 

MARCH 30, 2016

DUCK LAKE DYKE OPEN TO VEHICLE TRAFFIC

The Duck Lake dyke is now open to vehicle traffic. Please use caution when driving, drive slow and be respectful to all users. We appreciate everyones patience and understanding during the closure weeks. Thank you!


MARCH 8, 2016

DOGS ON LEASH AND PICK UP AFTER YOUR PET PLEASE

Dogs are allowed on the trails at the CVWMA but they must be on leash.  Also, please pick up after your pet.  We are concerned with the amount of dog poop being seen on the trails and boardwalks and the number of dogs who are not on leashes.  Please respect these rules for the safety of wildlife and for the comfort of other users of the CVWMA.  Thank you!


March 4, 2016

 

RENEWAL NOTICE - BOAT STORAGE PERMIT

If you have a boat stored at Duck Lake – Sirdar, you need to renew your permit

Current boat permits expire on March 31st, 2016.  A new decal for the 2016/17 season can now be purchased.

How to purchase a permit:

  1.  At the CVWMA Administration Office, 1874 Wildlife Road, West Creston.  Office hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm
  2. Online

A decal can either be picked up at the Admin building or mailed to you

Cost: $25 (including GST)

Valid: April 1st, 2016 to March 31st, 2017

Please call us at (250) 402 6900 if you have any questions.

If you do not have your boat stored at Duck Lake – Sirdar and would like to, please purchase a permit.

 

February 9, 2016

NOTICE TO DUCK LAKE USERS - CROSS DYKE TEMPORARILY CLOSED

The Duck Lake cross dyke off Channel Rd is now temporarily closed to vehicle traffic due to bad weather and dyke conditions.  The cross dyke is thawing due to mild weather and has become extremely soft and muddy.  To limit the negative impacts that vehicles will have to the dyke surface at this time, the dyke will remain closed to vehicle traffic until conditions improve.  Pedestrian traffic is welcome.  

We appreciate your understanding.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (250) 402 6900.

 

February 5, 2016

NOTICE TO DUCK LAKE USERS

Due to the mild conditions we are experiencing, the cross dyke at the south end of Duck Lake is thawing and becoming extremely soft and muddy.  We are anticipating that the dyke will be closed early next week (~February 9th) to limit the amount of damage that vehicles will cause to the dyke surface at this time.  Pedestrian traffic will be welcome.

We appreciate your understanding,  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (250) 402 6900.

 

JANUARY 20, 2016

JOB POSTING FOR SEASONAL WETLAND NATURALISTS

We are currently hiring Wetland Naturalists for the 2016 season at the Wildlife Interpretation Centre.  To view job posting details, please click here.