NEWS

PLEASE NOTE:  The Administration Office will be

CLOSED: MONDAY, October 12, 2020 


 September 21, 2020

Duck Lake Water Control

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 15, 2020

 

Motorized Vehicle Closure of south dike at Duck Lake - August 15 - Oct 15

Please note the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development has approved the following Motorized Access Restrictions on the CVWMA at the south dike of Duck Lake. The 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.

Duck Lake Dike Closure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Smiles at CVWMA!!

We’re very happy to introduce two additions to our CVWMA staff who came on board in early May. Blaire Smith has been hired as Wildlife Technician and Brody Kunze is our new Operations and Wildlife Technician.  Here’s a little background and a photo of each of them so that when you meet them out on the land you can introduce yourself to them!

BLAIRE SMITH  -  Wildlife Technician 

Blaire is from Nelson, BC and has been living in Cranbrook for the last few years. She is a self-proclaimed bird nerd and can usually be found with binoculars around her neck. In addition to birding, she enjoys learning about the natural world and hiking and exploring in the Kootenays.

 Blaire is a graduate of the Recreation, Fish, and Wildlife Program from Selkirk College and is currently working towards a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries from University of Northern BC. 

 Over the last few years Blaire worked as a field technician with FLNRORD, the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program, and the University of Northern BC. Highlights from these positions included collecting data for a hybridization study of Westslope Cutthroat Trout and Rainbow Trout in the East Kootenays, surveying for Northern Leopard Frog right here in Creston, and monitoring a nest box population of Mountain Chickadees in Kamloops.

 Blaire is excited to be working as a Wildlife Technician for the CVWMA and looks forward to getting to know the Creston area, learning about the many species that call the CVWMA home, and meeting the people that recreate here. Be sure to introduce yourself when you see her!
 

BRODY KUNZE  -  Operations and Wildlife Technician 

I grew up in the Creston Valley and have lived here off and on my whole life. All the amazing outdoor recreational opportunities and natural areas I’ve gotten to experience really inspired me to take an active role in managing and conserving the land base.

 I have a diverse background of work experiences that have led me to this point. In the past I have worked as a carpenter, a stone carver and even as a prop builder in a local fabrication shop. Before attending college, I traveled to the southern reaches of Chilean Patagonia and worked at a remote fishing lodge hosting and guiding clients on the fishing trip of a lifetime. This trip really sparking my interest in all things fish and led me to enrolling in a 2-year diploma program in Recreation, Fish and Wildlife at the Selkirk College in Castlegar, BC.  Between these two years of school I got hired on with the BC government as a wildlife and habitat technician. I worked with the Sturgeon and Burbot recovery team monitoring population trends and health factors through a variety of sampling techniques on Kootenay Lake and River. I also worked with the Kootenay Boundary American Bullfrog team to help capture and euthanize the invasive bullfrogs in the Creston Valley.

With the desire to stay in the Valley and continue to work in the environmental field, it seemed like a natural progression to work at the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area. I’ve been hired on as the Operations and Wildlife Habitat Technician, and work on a variety of projects. From maintaining dike roads and operating pumps and water controls, to monitoring and surveying for a variety of wildlife species throughout the wetlands. I’m excited about my new position here and thrilled to be a part of the team!

 

June 18, 2020

The CVWMA COVID-19 Advisory Notice issued on April 17th is rescinded effective Friday, June 19th, 2020.

 PLEASE continue to follow all current Covid-19 federal/provincial government and health and safety prtocols and recommendations.

June 2, 2020

CVWMA Administration Office is NOW OPEN to the public.

Regular hours are Monday to Friday, 9am - 12pm and 1pm - 4pm (closed during lunch hour). Please understand that due to limited staffing it is occasionally necessary to close the office during regular business hours. Please consider calling ahead to verify the office will be open when you visit (250) 402-6900. We ask that you read the notice on the office door before entering and follow the health and safety protocols listed.  Also note that the CVWMA Advisory Notice (see previous post below) issued on April 17, 2020 is still in effect. The CVWMA staff appreciates your understanding and patience while we all work our way through the COVID-19 situation. You can stay informed by checking for updates posted here on Facebook as well as on our website www.crestonwildlife.ca

 

April 17, 2020

The public is asked to refrain from entering Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area

Due to COVID-19 pandemic and the associated risks to human health, the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Authority strongly advises that you refrain from entering onto the CVWMA until further notice.

If, despite this advice, you choose to enter the CVWMA, please ensure that you comply strictly with all applicable physical and social distancing guidelines and other health and safety guidelines issued by relevant governments and governmental departments and agencies.

This advisory is subject to review at any time. 

Please also refer to the following posted notices regarding:

Fishing and Hunting on CVWMA during COVID-19

Physical and Social Distancing Guidelines

April 17, 2020

Fishing and Hunting on CVWMA during COVID-19 Pandemic

 

At all times, individuals are expected to follow the orders and guidance provided by the Provincial Health Officer (PHO).

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/current-health-topics/covid-19-novel-coronavirus

 

Specific guidance for angling and hunting activities, including but not limited to:

 

·      Only fish and hunt with members of your family or others you are living with.

·      Maintain physical distancing (2 metres or 6 feet) from other individuals you come across.

·      Do not share vehicles with individuals outside of your family or others you are living with.

·      Fish and hunt locally.

·      Wash your hands frequently, especially around communal areas such as boat ramps, gates, etc.

·      Adhere to all travel advisories and self-isolation requirements.

·      Adhere to all municipal, First Nation community, provincial and federal closures.

·      Motorized recreation (including the use of off-road vehicles) is prohibited on CVWMA, at all times.

·      Camping in designated areas (Duck Lake primitive site only) is closed until further notice.

·      If you are not confident you can meet all of these conditions, please postpone your tip.


All angling and hunting regulations and licensing requirements are still in effect and the Conservation Officer Service is continuing to operate across BC.

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/natural-resource-stewardship/natural-resource-law-enforcement/conservation-officer-service

 You can purchase your CVWMA hunting and fishing license on-line at:

https://www.crestonwildlife.ca/permits

 April 17, 2020

Guidance for Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area users during Covid-19 pandemic

If you absolutely need to go out:

·      Only go with members of your family or others you are living with

·      Do not share vehicles with individuals outside of your family or others you are living with

·      Maintain physical distancing (2 metres or 6 feet) from other individuals you come across

·      Avoid sitting on benches

·      Do not use observation towers, platforms

·      Avoid touching bridge rails along dikes/trails and gates at entrance points

·      Wash your hands frequently, before and after your walk/hike especially around communal areas (parking areas), gates, etc.

·      Adhere to all travel advisories and self-isolation requirements.

·      Adhere to all municipal, First Nation community, provincial and federal closures.

·      Motorized recreation (including the use of off-road vehicles) is prohibited on CVWMA, at all times.

·      Dogs must be on a leash at all times on CVWMA, no exception and pick up after your pet for the enjoyment of all!

 

If you are not confident you can meet all of these conditions, please stay home.  

Turkey Vulture Distance

 

 

 

 

 

 

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APRIL 9, 2020

  CVWMA Update on “Full Temporary Closure”

9 April 2020

Dear CVWMA Users and Supporters,

 The Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area Authority (Board) recognizes that closing the CVWMA has significantly impacted our visitors and our community. With this update, we hope to address a number of the questions that have been raised by the temporary closure of the CVWMA on 5 April 2020. 

The decision to *temporarily* close the CVWMA was done in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Province of British Columbia declared a provincial State of Emergency on 18 March 2020 (since expanded by two more weeks) and, ever since, provincial and federal health and government officials have provided guidance on how to respond to the crisis.  COVID-19 cases have been reported in all Health Regions of BC and the media has reported cases in the East Kootenays in towns E and W of Creston.  After careful consideration, the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Board has instructed CVWMA staff to close the Wildlife Management Area until further notice to curtail public use and assist with public efforts to control the spread of COVID-19.  

The Board’s decision is grounded on the guidance of Dr. Bonnie Henry, our Provincial Health Officer, of the Government of Canada and in our desire to address current public needs.  Right now, the provincial and federal advice remains to stay home as much possible and “if required to go out for essentials like food or medication, use Social Distancing”.   This advice applies to everyone, everywhere. In her 6 and 7 April COVID-19 BC Updates, Dr. Henry re-iterated:

“we must be steadfast in our commitment to holding the line right now in BC”,

“we must continue to keep doing what we’re doing that is making a difference”

“(we must) continue as well to focus on everything possible to break those chains of transmission in our communities across British Columbia”

“we need to continue to work to stay home and to do our part”

“now is the time to stay home”

We see no ambiguity in the core guidance contained in these messages.  This message is also captured in COVID-19 advisories for the Town of Creston and the City of Nelson.  Past updates from the Prime Minister of Canada were done from a podium that stated “Stay At Home” and the federal government has repeatedly recommended “stay at home as much as possible”.   Prime Minister Trudeau stated a few days ago “what I have heard from medical experts is that the most important thing is for people to stay home”.   The unprecedented situation we are in calls for unprecedented measures to protect our communities, health care workers, vulnerable citizens and our medical system.  Our cities and sidewalks are near-empty because citizens are choosing to follow this guidance.  The CVWMA therefore is not and cannot remain in a “business as usual” scenario where we “invite” people to come to our property.   

 Increased use of recreation and natural areas in response to COVID-19 has been observed elsewhere.  It has led to multiple calls for closures and, in many instances, in actual natural area closures. There are two main views on natural area closures.  Some see it as “frightening” that managers continue to allow and encourage park and natural area visitations given what is being experienced in Canada and world-wide, while others see a greater need for them than ever before to escape or get a relief from COVID-19 restrictions.  Depending on one’s point of view, public use risk is considered high, low/non-existent and/or easily manageable through Social Distancing.  People and agencies have different views on this matter and decisions to remain open or close are made based on different arguments (e.g. support greater public health needs/advice vs. assessment of risk on a case-by-case basis).  Decision-making bodies are constantly reassessing earlier decisions, the latest example being the BC Parks closure announced today to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

It is with concern that we noted an increase in public use of the CVWMA following the declaration of the COVID-19 provincial state of emergency, particularly on weekends.  If not addressed, CVWMA public use is expected to continue to increase in conjunction with the Easter holiday and with people responding to ongoing COVID restrictions by increasing visitations to natural areas such as the CVWMA.  For decades, CVWMA has been branded and recognized as a wetland of international significance and we have invited visitors from all over to come and visit.  These visitors share the CVWMA with local and regional residents. From a community and public health perspective, this is not desirable right now.  The Board’s decision is therefore to adjust our operations to meet what we see as unequivocal demands from our health officials.  Public efforts and sacrifices by all British Columbians are the key tools through which we can collectively beat COVID-19.

 Why are we being asked to ‘stay at home’? Because health officials and organizations such as ours believe we have a responsibility to slow the potential spread of the virus, protect our staff and visitors alike and contribute to the safeguard of our vulnerable citizens and of our communities.  The CVWMA is popular destination well known inside and outside the East Kootenays and visits to our area are high during spring migration, which has our highest bird use.  Visitor use also increases during weekends and holidays. Inviting or accommodating visitors from all over during our peak bird use (spring migration) is not desirable.  Right now, these are not assets in our collective fight against COVID-19.  Our top priority remains the safety of our visitors, staff and of our community.   Because of this, we are *temporarily* curtailing public use for what we see as a greater public and community need and ask that the public refrain from using the Wildlife Area at this time. Public health is the number one priority at the CVWMA right now.  We acknowledge that this decision will be unpopular with some.

 This closure will be revisited on a weekly basis and weekly updates will be posted on our website www.crestonwildlife.ca

 We regret the impact and inconveniences to our supporters, visitors and partners and look forward to being able to return to normal operations.  The faster we beat COVID-19, the sooner can we all return to regular operations.

Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area Authority

 

APRIL 8, 2020

  CVWMA Update on “Full Temporary Closure”

8 April 2020

Dear CVWMA Users and Supporters,

 The Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area Authority (Board) recognizes that closing the CVWMA has significantly impacted our visitors and our community. With this update, we hope to address a number of the questions that have been raised by the temporary closure of the CVWMA on 5 April 2020. 

The decision to *temporarily* close the CVWMA was done in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Province of British Columbia declared a provincial State of Emergency on 18 March 2020 (since expanded by two more weeks) and, ever since, provincial and federal health and government officials have provided guidance on how to respond to the crisis.  COVID-19 cases have been reported in all Health Regions of BC and the media has reported cases in the East Kootenays in towns E and W of Creston.  After careful consideration, the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Board has instructed CVWMA staff to close the Wildlife Management Area until further notice to curtail public use and assist with public efforts to control the spread of COVID-19.  

The Board’s decision is grounded on the guidance of Dr. Bonnie Henry, our Provincial Health Officer, of the Government of Canada and in our desire to address current public needs.  Right now, the provincial and federal advice remains to stay home as much possible and “if required to go out for essentials like food or medication, use Social Distancing”.   This advice applies to everyone, everywhere. In her 6 and 7 April COVID-19 BC Updates, Dr. Henry re-iterated:

“we must be steadfast in our commitment to holding the line right now in BC”,

“we must continue to keep doing what we’re doing that is making a difference”

“(we must) continue as well to focus on everything possible to break those chains of transmission in our communities across British Columbia”

“we need to continue to work to stay home and to do our part”

“now is the time to stay home”

We see no ambiguity in the core guidance contained in these messages.  This message is also captured in COVID-19 advisories for the Town of Creston and the City of Nelson.  Past updates from the Prime Minister of Canada were done from a podium that stated “Stay At Home” and the federal government has repeatedly recommended “stay at home as much as possible”.   Prime Minister Trudeau stated a few days ago “what I have heard from medical experts is that the most important thing is for people to stay home”.   The unprecedented situation we are in calls for unprecedented measures to protect our communities, health care workers, vulnerable citizens and our medical system.  Our cities and sidewalks are near-empty because citizens are choosing to follow this guidance.  The CVWMA therefore is not and cannot remain in a “business as usual” scenario where we “invite” people to come to our property.   

 Increased use of recreation and natural areas in response to COVID-19 has been observed elsewhere.  It has led to multiple calls for closures and, in many instances, in actual natural area closures. There are two main views on natural area closures.  Some see it as “frightening” that managers continue to allow and encourage park and natural area visitations given what is being experienced in Canada and world-wide, while others see a greater need for them than ever before to escape or get a relief from COVID-19 restrictions.  Depending on one’s point of view, public use risk is considered high, low/non-existent and/or easily manageable through Social Distancing.  People and agencies have different views on this matter and decisions to remain open or close are made based on different arguments (e.g. support greater public health needs/advice vs. assessment of risk on a case-by-case basis).  Decision-making bodies are constantly reassessing earlier decisions, the latest example being the BC Parks closure announced today to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

It is with concern that we noted an increase in public use of the CVWMA following the declaration of the COVID-19 provincial state of emergency, particularly on weekends.  If not addressed, CVWMA public use is expected to continue to increase in conjunction with the Easter holiday and with people responding to ongoing COVID restrictions by increasing visitations to natural areas such as the CVWMA.  From a community and public health perspective, this is not desirable right now.  The Board’s decision is therefore to adjust our operations to meet what we see as unequivocal demands from our health officials.  Public efforts and sacrifices by all British Columbians are the key tools through which we can collectively beat COVID-19.

 Why are we being asked to ‘stay at home’? Because health officials and organizations such as ours believe we have a responsibility to slow the potential spread of the virus, protect our staff and visitors alike and contribute to the safeguard of our vulnerable citizens and of our communities.  The CVWMA is popular destination well known inside and outside the East Kootenays and visits to our area are high during spring migration, which has our highest bird use.  Visitor use also increases during weekends and holidays. Inviting or accommodating visitors from all over during our peak bird use (spring migration) is not desirable.  Right now, these are not assets in our collective fight against COVID-19.  Our top priority remains the safety of our visitors, staff and of our community.   Because of this, we are *temporarily* curtailing public use for what we see as a greater public and community need and ask that the public refrain from using the Wildlife Area at this time. Public health is the number one priority at the CVWMA right now.  We acknowledge that this decision will be unpopular with some.

 This closure will be revisited on a weekly basis and weekly updates will be posted on our website www.crestonwildlife.ca

 We regret the impact and inconveniences to our supporters, visitors and partners and look forward to being able to return to normal operations.  The faster we beat COVID-19, the sooner can we all return to regular operations.

Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area Authority

 


 

 

APRIL 8. 2020

Please note the following link regarding BC Open Burning regulations published April 7, 2020, by the Ministry of Forests,Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020FLNR0019-000642

 


APRIL 3. 2020 

PLEASE NOTEthat online issue of access permits for Fishing & Hunting is now suspended for the duration of closure of the CVWMA.  Permits that have already been purchased for the 2020-21 year ARE NOT VALID during the closure. If you have already purchased a permit please contact the CVWMA Administration office when the closure is lifted to discuss the status of those permits.

 

APRIL 3. 2020 

                        Notice to Users

Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area (CVWMA)

 

Temporary area closure effective at midnight on Sunday April 5th, 2020

 

The Creston Valley Wildlife Management Authority is taking proactive measures to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and, as such, is closing the CVWMA to the public until further notice.   We understand that nature is a great place to be, but the safety and health of visitors, staff and our community is our top priority right now.

 

We will be monitoring and re-assessing the situation.  Weekly updates on our operations will be provided on the CVWMA website at www.crestonwildlife.ca

 

We understand the closure will have an impact on our users and we apologize for the inconveniences as we all navigate these uncertain times.

 

Everyone is encouraged to support collective efforts to reduce the risks of COVID-19 infection.  The responsibility is on all of us to do the right thing.

Thank you for your understanding!

Creston Valley Wildlife

Management Authority

 

 

 March 26, 2020

CVWMA Update and Reminder on COVID-19

 

The CVWMA’s number one priority is the health and safety of our staff, partners, volunteers, and visitors. We are following the advice of provincial health medical staff and experts and doing our part to limit the spread of COVID-19.

 

The dikes and trails on CVWMA offer local opportunities for people to get outside. The dikes and trails remain available for use at this time and users are reminded of the directives from the British Columbia Provincial Health Officer to avoid gathering in groups and to keep at least two metres apart from each other when using trails. As always, users are responsible for their own safety and should always exercise caution according to trail conditions, including keeping all dogs on leash at all times.

 

While dikes and trails currently remain open on CVWMA we are mindful that the province advises that people avoid travelling outside of their communities for recreation purposes at this time. Our response to COVID-19 will change based on direction from Provincial Health Officer. We will continue to communicate regularly.

 

 

March 19, 2020

CVWMA Administration Office

                   CLOSED

       UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

 

Due to COVID-19 our office will be closed to the public until further notice.  Employee and customer health is of primary importance to us.

PLEASE call 250-402-6900 for information and/orleave us a message and we will get back to you assoon as we can. You can also visit our website at https://www.crestonwildlife.ca for informationand online permits.

 Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

CVWMA Staff – March 18, 2020

   

DOGS MUST BE LEASHED!

 Out of respect for the many birds (that are currently trying to nest), as well as the wildlife who make this habitat their home, CVWMA users are required to keep dogs on leash so they are under control at all times! Although we all like to see dogs running, playing and having fun, the CVWMA was created for conservation of a wide variety of birds and wildlife. Birds and wildlife, however, don't view the dogs as "playful" - they view them as predators and react to them as such! When domestic dogs are allowed to run at large it disrupts the nesting process as well as causing anxiety for all the wildlife species who dwell here. Every day, these species already deal with natural wild predation. Let's allow them their best chance at procreation and survival by not adding domestic dogs to the mix. Please keep your dogs on leash at all times on the wildlife management area. Also, out of respect for all other users of the area, please pick up after your dog!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 March 15, 2020

Motorized Vehicle Closure of south dike at Duck Lake - August 15 - Oct 15

Please note the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development has approved the following Motorized Access Restrictions on the CVWMA at the south dike of Duck Lake. The 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.

Duck Lake Dike Closure

 

 

 

 

 

 


February 14th, 2020

Please note the CVWMA Administration Office will be closed Friday, February 14th through Tuesday, February 18th. The office will re-open on Wednesday, February 19th for regular business hours


 JANUARY 31, 2020

The removal of the interior components of the old Wildlife Interpretation Centre was completed in December 2019.  The deconstruction and removal of the building exterior and attached boardwalk and other structures has now begun.  Please NOTE:  There will be NO pedestrian access to that building area as the work proceeds.  Due to safety concerns we ask the public to respect these restrictions. Pedestrian access will be available from the access points north and south of the Centre along West Creston Road. NO entry or exit will be allowed to the building area from Beaver Blvd, the parking lot boardwalk/trail, or Boardwalk Loop/Songbird Stroll. Please keep this in mind when planning your hikes and allow time, if necessary, to make your return back along your inbound route, or to make the longer hikes to the north or south access points.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 JANUARY 27, 2020

NOTICE TO DUCK LAKE USERS - CROSS DYKE TEMPORARILY CLOSED

 The Duck Lake cross dyke off Channel Road is temporarily CLOSED to vehicle traffic, Monday, January 27, 2020.

Due to the recent snowfall and rain, the cross dyke is becoming 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


DEC 20 2019

CVWMA Administration Office will be closed Monday, December 23rd through Friday, December 27th, 2019. The office will reopen on Monday, December 30th for regular business hours.

Phone messages will be responded to as soon as possible. Information and permits can be obtained online at our website www.crestonwildlife.ca

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

 

 December 20, 2019

JOB POSTING:   WILDLIFE TECHNICIAN 

CVWMA is looking for a driven and passionate Wildlife Technician  to conduct wildlife monitoring and surveys for a variety of wildlife species.  This position will offer the successful candidate the chance to apply and grow his or her knowledge and skills directly in the field.

Working closely with the Conservation Programs Assistant, the Wildlife Technician will have responsibilities around all aspects of field surveys including data collection and management, equipment use and maintenance, scheduling or time management and safety.will be to assist with wildlife surveys on a variety of projects.

Full job description can be viewed at: Wildlife Technician Job Description

Closing deadline:  Friday January 31, 2020 - 16:30 (4:30 pm) MST

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

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

Mare-André Beaucher, Head of Conservation Programs
Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area
Email: [email protected]

 

OCTOBER 16, 2019

The south dike of Duck Lake is now open for motorized vehicle access (NO ATV access is permitted on the CVWMA).


 

NEWS RELEASE October 1, 2019

SCHEDULED DEMOLITION OF WILDLIFE INTERPRETIVE CENTRE

The Creston Valley Wildlife Management Authority has arranged for the demolition of the Wildlife Interpretive Centre to begin shortly after the Thanksgiving Day weekend.  The 5,700-square foot Centre came into operations in the mid-1970’s and for more than 40 years the building was the scene of hundreds of community activities and environmental education and awareness programs, exhibits and displays.  Thousands of school students and adults participated in the activities and the building drew thousands of visitors to the valley every year.

The Centre, which no longer met public use standards, was closed in the fall of 2017 and plans for a new Centre have been underway thanks to the efforts of the Kootenay-Columbia Discovery Centre Society, a charitable non-profit society.  The Society stepped in to continue the educational programs and activities and, with funding provided by the Columbia Basin Trust, established a small building to serve as a visitors’ centre and facilitate small class activities until a new “Discovery Centre” is constructed. The Wildlife Area continues to attract thousands of visitors and the educational programs and activities continue to serve and inspire people of all ages.

The Creston Valley Wildlife Area is an internationally recognized wetland under the Ramsar Wetlands Convention, an intergovernmental treaty that provides a framework for the conservation and wise use of wetlands.   A pre-design study funded by the B.C. Rural Development Fund resulted in the KCDC Society choosing a site that is consistent with the principles established by the RAMSAR Secretariat’s Handbook on the Best Practices for Planning, Design and Operation of Wetland Education Centres (2014).  Once the demolition is complete, the Society will begin the complex work involved in moving the project forward.  Progress can be followed on the Discovery Centre website:  www.discovery-centre.ca

The Society intends to preserve and incorporate some of the exhibits and displays from the previous Centre into the Discovery Centre. 

 PLEASE NOTE! Pedestrian access from the parking lot to the trails will be closed during the demolition period.  People should use the Balancing Rock Trail parking lot and access the trails from the north or south of the visitor centre. Access will re-open in spring. A bridge will need to be put in place to re-connect the parking lot trail to the boardwalk and bird tower trails.

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Motorized Vehicle Closure of south dike at Duck Lake - August 15 - Oct 15

Please note the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development has approved the following Motorized Access Restrictions on the CVWMA at the south dike of Duck Lake. 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.

Duck Lake Dike Closure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


WATCH FOR GRIZZLY SOW WITH TWO CUBS ON LEACH LAKE DIKE!

Please be aware that there have been two sightings of a grizzly sow with two cubs on the Leach Lake dike in the last week. Both these sightings took place on the dike past the Summit Creek bridge approximately where the dike turns north. The bear reportedly "bluff" charged bicycle riders on two occasions. BE VIGILANT, PREPARED, KEEP CHILDREN CLOSE AND DOGS ON LEASH if choosing to hike or bike in the area.

  Grizzly Cub

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADMIN OFFICE CLOSED 12:00 Noon, Friday July 26th thru and including Monday, August 5th 2019

 

Please note that the CVWMA Administration Office will be closing 12:00 Noon  Friday, July 26th thru and including Monday August 5th (BC Day).  The office will reopen on Tuesday, August 6th for regular business hours, which are normally Monday - Friday, from 9am-12pm and 1pm to 4pm (Closed for lunch hour).

Information and permits may be acquired online through our website at www.crestonwildlife.ca.

For other inquiries you can phone 250-402-6900 and choose the extension of the person you wish to speak to. Voice mails will be responded to as soon as possible.

Thank you for your consideration and we apologize for any inconvenience.

 

Friday, April 12, 2019

GRIZZLY ALERT!

GRIZZLY SIGHTING ! PLEASE BE BEAR AWARE! Just received a report of a grizzly sighting. A couple of folks were walking back from Leach Lake area toward the gate at the Summit Creek entrance on Hwy 3 last night (Thursday, Apr 11) around 7 pm and spotted a young grizzly between the bridge and the gate. They immediately started making noise and the bear moved off toward the creek and headed upstream. Be Alert!


DOGS MUST BE LEASHED

Out of respect for the many birds (that are currently trying to nest), as well as the wildlife who make this habitat their home, CVWMA users are required to keep dogs on leash so they are under control at all times! Although we all like to see dogs running, playing and having fun, the CVWMA was created for conservation of a wide variety of birds and wildlife. Birds and wildlife, however, don't view the dogs as "playful" - they view them as predators and react to them as such! When domestic dogs are allowed to run at large it disrupts the nesting process as well as causing anxiety for all the wildlife species who dwell here. Every day, these species already deal with natural wild predation. Let's allow them their best chance at procreation and survival by not adding domestic dogs to the mix. Please keep your dogs on leash at all times on the wildlife management area. Also, out of respect for all other users of the area, please pick up after your dog!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


MARCH 12, 2019

  NOTICE TO DUCK LAKE USERS - CROSS DYKE TEMPORARILY CLOSED

 The Duck Lake cross dyke off Channel Road will be temporarily closed to vehicle traffic as of Thursday, March 14th, 2019.

Due to the recent snowfall and rain, the cross dyke is becoming 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


 FEBRUARY 12, 2019

JOB POSTING:   WILDLIFE TECHNICIAN

The Creston Valley Wildlife Management Authority is looking for a dedicated and passionate candidate to fill a Wildlife Technician position for a six-month period.

Responsibilities will be to assist with wildlife surveys on a variety of projects.

Full job description can be viewed at: Wildlife Technician Job Description

Closing deadline:  Friday, March 8th, 2019  -  4:30 p.m. MST

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

Mare-André Beaucher, Head of Conservation Programs
Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area
Email: [email protected]

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October 15, 2018

Please note that the gate closure term restricting motorized vehicles to the south of Duck Lake has ended and the gate is NOW OPEN.

Thank you for respecting the closure and we appreciate your continued care in the use of the wetland dikes.

 

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

 

 

 

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

[email protected]

 

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: [email protected] 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 [email protected]Quotes 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 [email protected]. 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: [email protected]

 

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.