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2 weeks ago

Pearson Ecological

This is what the breeding habitat of endangered Oregon spotted frogs looks like lit on fire. Taken tonight from Cameron Road in Agassiz - in the middle of breeding season.

The ditch banks being burned are identified in the federal Recovery Strategy as Crticial habitat necessary for the survival of the species.

Bet you a beer nothing is done about it.

The frog is not considered an 'aquatic species' under the species at risk act, so its Critical habitat is only protected on federal land, not private farmland. I know that frogs have bred in this spot in past years, I am no longer allowed on the property and cannot say for sure that they were present tonight, so no Wildlife Act charges are possible.
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This is what the breeding habitat of endangered Oregon spotted frogs looks like lit on fire. Taken tonight from Cameron Road in Agassiz - in the middle of breeding season.  The ditch banks being burned are identified in the federal Recovery Strategy as Crticial habitat necessary for the survival of the species.  Bet you a beer nothing is done about it.  The frog is not considered an aquatic species under the species at risk act, so its Critical habitat is only protected on federal land, not private farmland. I know that frogs have bred in this spot in past years, I am no longer allowed on the property and cannot say for sure that they were present tonight, so no Wildlife Act charges are possible.Image attachment

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Probably to get rid of blackberry and 'brush'. I have reported it to FLNROD biologists responsible for Oregon spotted frog.

I second the question: I have never seen ditch banks being burned before... is there a reason for it? And while Wildlife Act charges are unlikely, FLNRO has been chasing down unauthorized changes in and about a stream - this could qualify.

Why are the ditches being burned?

There needs to be greater disincentives to not destroy riparian habitat. Legal setbacks from water ways exist. As long as there is no enforcement farmers and home owners have nothing to deter them them from ignoring the setbacks. Unfortunately for many people aestethics and/or maximizing profits are more important than anything else.

It is may be that some accelerant was used that is illegal to use around a stream. I am only seeing this now but was RAPP line call?

Good Stewardship is a rare thing just like the OSF.

😓😥

Brutal

3 weeks ago

Pearson Ecological

Working with Katzie First Nation on fish Inventory in Katzie Slough around Golden Ears Bridge. Most of the habitat is in pretty rough shape - straight channels overrun with invasive plants - but we did find three Cutthroat Trout.

Thanks to Paul James, Jodey Schwartz, Mike Leon and Roma Leon of Katzie for great field assistance and project coordination!
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Awesome work!

That is so great to see.

So happy you are doing this work glad you found cut throat. If we had some flow and at least one fish friendly pump we could get rid of some of the invasives and improve water quality 😀 thus habitat for salmonids......

There use to be a lot of stickleback, a couple crayfish and a catfish when I was a volunteer environmental monitor with ARMS

3 weeks ago

Pearson Ecological

Working with Chawathil First Nation on amphibian egg mass survey and a site elevation survey in preparation for a potential habitat restoration project for Cutthroat Trout and Salish sucker.

Thanks to Aaron John, Art Charlie, and Norm Florence of Chawathil Lands Dept. and Jeanne Hughes of Lower Fraser Fisheries Alliance for field assistance and coordination!
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