Projects

The members of BLES are interested in a number of improvement projects associated with the Bowron Lake park and area. Some are listed below, and others will be added to the list as concerns arise. Details will be posted as they develop. Anyone who would like to become involved in any of the projects, want more information, or have suggestions for new ones should contact the society by e-mail. Some projects may be suitable for cases of study for universities which needs to be looked into.

Sign Project
BLES has received a grant from the Cariboo Regional District for signage at Bowron Lake. The Directors have decided that Bowron Lake could use an information/directional sign to help new visitors familiarize themselves with the area. The preliminary legwork has been completed and a site has been prepared at the entrance to the public boat launch at Bowron Lake.  Directors are now working on the content of the sign - construction will follow soon.  The unveiling of the sign is expected be held in conjunction with the next AGM tentatively scheduled for Saturday, June 16, 2007 at Bowron Lake. 

Sockeye Salmon & Kokanee
The Bowron watershed is an important salmon spawning ground for both ocean and land locked salmon.  BLES would like to participate in ongoing monitoring and research in this subject to help in the protection of these spawning grounds and future fish stocks.  Anyone with any personal information, relative data or ideas on the subject are encouraged to share them with BLES.

Viewscape Management
Impact of logging activities and explore benefits to park users.
BLES is concerned with the surrounding logging activities and the impacts of this logging.  We would like to explore both the beneficial and possible negative effects to Park users.

Water Montoring
During the summer of 2006 a director of BLES was trained to take several different water readings and measurements at Bowron Lake. From this we can form a base line on which to compare future years readings.  An ongoing study of the water of Bowron Lake will provide valuable information regarding the health of the lake and may indicate which direction it is going in. More information is available upon request.

Elodea Canadensis
The current BLES stand on the Elodea canadensis (Canadian water weed) at Bowron Lake, is to wait for the release of a report produced by Dr Warrington, so that its members can review and discuss this new information.  Aquatic weed specialist, Dr Warrington visited Bowron Lake during Aug. 2006 and conducted research on the Bowron Lake ecosystem, completed preliminary weed identification and mapping and did some lake testing. 
For members who would like any general information on Elodea canadensis and lake ecology can refer to the following websites:

http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/plants/native/elodea.html

http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/links/plants.html

BLES has also joined the BC Lake Stewardship Society so that we can learn more about lake stewardship and take advantage of their training opportunities, library and expertise. Their website can be found at http://www.bclss.org

Kibbee Creek Enhancement
A possible project to build a spawning ground for Kokanee.

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"BLES" ENVISIONS THAT THE WILDERNESS VALUES OF THE BOWRON LAKE AND AREA ARE PROTECTED AND ENHANCED