BC Parks hosts Warden’s Meetings
On Dec 7 and 8, 2022 Steven Bercek of BC Parks hosted meetings online with the Kootenay and the Okanagan area’s volunteer wardens. There were also a good number of BC Parks staff in attendance at each meeting. We hope that other areas in the BC parks system may in the future hold similar wardens meetings. It might be further suggested that these meetings may be made open to the public when they are live online. This would help to educate the public about the need for Ecological reserves.
At both of the meetings, Dr. Tse-Lynn Loh of the BC Parks Foundation introduced the 25/25 program of protecting 25 beautiful places in BC. before 2025. She went on to give a presentation on the use of iNaturalist for documentation of biodiversity in Ecological reserves and other locations.
Presentations were made by Ecological reserve wardens, Screenshots
with a few slides of several of the presentations are shown below;
Big White and Browne lake Ecological Reserves .. warden Don Guild: Don outlined the issues of each location
Buck Hills and Lily Pad Lake: Warden– Norbert Maertens and Justin Oblak
Cougar Canyon Ecological reserve #108: Warden– Harold Sellers
Harold referred to the difficult access to this reserve but the relative success had by the BC Parks INaturalist group who were able to add significant amounts of information to the database https://inaturalist.ca/projects/cougar-canyon-ecological-reserve
Fields #33 and Haynes Lease #100 ERs: Warden –Robert Calder
Campbell Browne (Kalamalka Lake) ER#77. Warden– Linda Kennedy
Linda was unable to join but Steven gave her presentation. A concern was mentioned about the increasing numbers of introduced species on this reserve.
Trout Creek ER#7 . Warden Kathryn McCourt
The proximity to the golf course often creates problems