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Okanagan BC Douglas Fir Tussock Moth
January 26, 2015
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page. There are also photos of the Tussock Moth and the devastation it
causes near the bottom of this page as well.
Ministry of Forests -
Photos of the Tussock Moth
Natural Resources Canada -
Photos of the Tussock Moth - more photos below
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Fir Cone Worm
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|Two New Forest Insect Pests
There are two new insect
invaders leaving visual evidence of their presence in Central
The Western Spruce budworm and Douglas fir Tussock Moth have been
found by the Ministry of Forests and Range in parts of the regional
Both are native species and have been responsible for past forest
health infestations. However, the Douglas fir Tussock Moth is of
particular concern as it not only defoliates and kills trees very
quickly, but can also
cause health issues with
humans, dogs and horses through a condition known as Tussockosis.
Approximately one in three humans have allergic type symptoms
ranging from general itchiness, watery eyes and skin rashes to full
anaphylaxis in extreme instances.
The Ministry of Forests and Range is responsible for pest management
on Crown Lands, completing aerial surveys looking for new outbreaks
and determining the severity of damage. It uses these assessments to
determine and conduct an aerial spray control program.
While the Ministry is presently mapping the extent of Tussock Moth
infestation in the Central Okanagan, preliminary data shows
infestation in the Trepanier, Ellison and Glenmore areas. Additional
information is also being compiled as to the extent of any presence
in the Joe Rich area.
Ministry Forest entomologist Dr. Lorraine Maclauchlan provided
information to the Governance and Services Committee at its
August meeting and the an update was provided from Parks Services
staff in September. Central Okanagan residents and property owners
may wish to view the following links to the Ministry of Forests and
Range for more information and documents regarding these insects:
Douglas fir Tussock Moth
Ministry Information webpage
Ministry Public Information Links
Western Spruce Budworm
Ministry Information webpage
Ministry Public Information Links
Regional District of Central Okanagan "What's New" (September
August 12, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance &
Services Committee Agenda
Item 5.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report.pdf
Agenda No: 5.1
Mtg Date: August 12, 2010
TO: RDCO Directors and Department Heads
FROM: Donna Adams, Accounting Analyst; Marilyn Rilkoff, Manager of
Finance and Administration
DATE: July 30,2010
SUBJECT: Quarterly Program Measures Report, Year to Date June 30,
*This is only a snippet of the 8 pages*
The following are some of the highlights for the year from the
Quarterly Report, but are certainly not all inclusive. We do
recommend that the report and each program be reviewed, particularly
with respect to "Department Initiative Status Reports", the "Summary
of Year to Date Results", and Project Updates for the various
programs. There are too many items too be covered in this summary,
and everyone's level of interest in the various programs and
142 - Regional Parks (Page 105): Walk BC BCPRA Grant
for $4,000 resulted in the successful Tracks Walking Club program in
Mission Creek Regional Park. In March, UBCM
contributed $379,425 for Regional Parks Operational Fuel Management
Treatments 2009. NRCAN grant of $7,500 awarded for the final
Operational Wildfire Protection Plan that has been received by the
Regional Board. The Region Wide Community Wildfire Prevention Plan
is also finalized and approved by the Regional Board. Community
Adjustment Fund ~ Job Opportunity Program grant of $250,000 secured
for regional park forest fuel modification work. Habitat
Conservation Trust Fund application for support funding to complete
sensitive ecosystem inventory of regional parks not awarded. Project
is to commence with funding from RDCO. Mission Creek Greenway Scenic
Canyon Trail ~ restoration received $42,500 under the Recreational
Infrastructure Canada Program to upgrade a portion of the trail by
widening, resurfacing and installing wooden stairs to reduce erosion
and improve bank stabilization along a steep portion of the trail.
Mission Creek Greenway Phase II Pinch Point detailed design and
environmental assessment are near completion. Tender documents for
the proposed tunnel are being prepared. Mission Creek Greenway Phase
II Security Residence Occupancy Permit has been issued. Closure of
the Mission Creek Greenway is scheduled for June 1 to approximately
October 1 to accommodate the replacement of the Gordon Drive bridge.
During May & June,
unbudgeted staff resources were allocated to the
pesticide applications for the Douglas Fir Tussock Moth organic
pesticide treatment project in Trepanier Valley, Coyote Ridge and
Upper Ellison areas. Hazard tree removals were completed in
six Regional Parks including Mission Creek, Kalamoir, Coldham,
Kopje, Glen Canyon, and Gellatly Heritage due to the Mountain Pine
Beetle. NRCAN funding granted in the amount of $97,000. Titles to
the Gellatly Nut Farm and Gellatly Heritage Regional Parks will
remain vested in the name of RDCO. Official opening of the new
playground structure at Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park occurred
June 20,2010. A temporary repair has been completed to enable
recreational boaters to utilize the popular launch at the Okanagan
Centre Safe Harbour prior to the launch structure replacement.
Western Screech Owl Stewardship Agreement has been signed by the
Ministry of Environment to protect the endangered Western Screech
Owl and its habitat within several Regional Parks. The EECO Centre
had over 12,500 visitors. The "Hunters in the Sky: Raptors of the
Okanagan" exhibit received many comments and many groups toured
through the "In the Line of Fire" exhibit. The preschool story time
was well attended and the school education program "Owls in the
Classroom" was very successful. Spring Break camps included programs
on botany and raptors, with maximum enrolment. Success was also met
with the "Go Fish", "Tracks Walking" and "Take a Hike" Programs. The
website had 3,030 views of the Regional Parks Guide. Fleet changes
included the sale of the 1995 John Deere Gator to Dog Control and
the purchase of a 2006 Mazda pickup from Dog Control. Three vehicles
are scheduled for sale at auction in addition to a trailer and a
beach cleaner / sand sifter.
143 - Westside Community Parks (Page 109): UBCM is
providing a $2,000 grant for an educational and information kiosk at
the trailhead for the Trepanier Greenway. The Regional Board
supports a proposed Wildfire Protection Fuel Modification Project by
the Okanagan Indian Band as the area surrounding the Westshore
subdivision, including the new Westshore Estates Community Park, is
considered a high priority for treatment in order to reduce
potential fire threats. Meetings completed with North Westside
Community Association regarding proposed recreational pier project
at Killiney Beach. Preferred solution is to target swim area markers
instead of pier project. Operational maintenance contract
implemented for Central Okanagan West Community Parks located north
and inclusive of Fintry Parks. The Statutory Right-of-Way survey for
Jack Creek Linear Trail has been completed.
144 - Eastside Community Parks (Page 112): UBCM
Tourism Grant funding of $4,500 targeted for implementation of a
"Welcome to Joe Rich" highway sign. Aerial
pesticide applications for the
Tussock Moth Spray Program were
completed over the upper Ellison Area. In collaboration with
Ministry of Forests and Range staff, COE community parks are being
monitored but not treated for Douglas Fir Tussock Moth or
Budworm due to limited outbreak conditions with direct
effect on RDCO parks.
001S - Board Sub-Program Corporate Communications
(Page 162): A successful major Public
Communication program was undertaken as RDCO received the Pesticide
Use Permit from Ministry of Environment and took over Tussock Moth
Spray Program in Trepanier, upper Ellison and Stephen's Coyote Ridge
and adjacent private lands as identified by Ministry of Forests and
Range. The program involved media, advertising, signage, email,
website and special phone information line updates. Extensive
advertising and news releases conducted for Dog License and Business
License renewals including point of purchase
poster development. Major public information process
conducted regarding closure of the Westside Landfill and services
offered via the new Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Centre
at the Asquith Road location. Completed design, printing and
distribution of 2010 Regional Parks Guide including website version.
Works to be done on Regional Parks e-newsletter in co-operation with
EDC. Communications were planned with Environmental Services and
RDCO contractor Neptune Technology Group regarding the installation
of water meters to Killiney Beach and Westshore Water systems
customers. Pending approvals for funding, Communications will be
involved with public meeting and information process for Central
Aggregate Task Force through website information, advertising, news
releases and meetings.
April 8, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting
Regional Community Wildfire Protection Plan
The Regional Board has received a final draft of the Regional
Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). The Plan, prepared by
Blackwell and Associates, outlines potential risks of interface fire
throughout the region and recommends mitigation methods and costs of
treating areas to improve community safety. While most of the land
requiring action adjacent to interface communities is Crown land,
many undeveloped private parcels would also require mitigation. The
report also recommends education efforts for private landowners
encouraging them to reduce potential fire risks on their properties.
It is estimated possible Crown land
mitigation efforts could cost over $20 million with a potential
annual $3.3 million available in the Central Okanagan region from
senior government funding sources and local municipal and regional
district contributions. The report and supporting
information will be provided to local municipal members for
consideration. An Electoral Area Director representative and
Westbank First Nation official will be invited to participate with
the Regional District Sustainability Steering Committee which
includes the Board Chair and Mayors of Kelowna, Lake Country,
Peachland and West Kelowna to provide political input regarding the
Regional Parks Wildfire Protection Plan
The Regional Board has received an Operational Wildfire Protection
Plan (OWPP) for the Regional Park system. Blackwell and Associates
prepared this plan specifically identifying wildfire risks for each
park, setting priorities for those adjacent to urban interface areas
and recommending options for managing fire fuel treatments on
approximately 768 hectares of land within the Regional Parks. The
estimated cost of conducting all fire treatments in the park system
is $8 million. As potential funds from other government sources and
local governments in the regional district could possibly reach
$3.3 million a year for all Central Okanagan
Community Wildfire Protection programs, the Board has
been asked to consider providing
approximately 20% of that toward fuel management and mitigation in
Regional Parks. Regional District staff will implement
OWPP recommendations in conjunction with the development and
approvals in future Parks Services budgets.
Provincial Tussock Moth Spray Program
The Regional Board has approved
participation in a proposed Ministry of Forests and Range aerial
spray program against an insect pest affecting Crown forest and four
Regional Parks. In order to combat the Douglas fir
Tussock Moth, which can adversely affect the health of people, as
well as dogs and horses, the Ministry’s Forest Health Program will
apply biological controls by helicopter to control the insect pest
in Coldham and Trepanier Creek Greenway Regional Parks in the
Trepanier Valley and in Mill Creek and Stephen’s Coyote Ridge
Regional Parks. Parks Services staff will work with the Ministry on
coordination of the spray program in the affected Regional Parks and
will carry out appropriate park closures and public notification
efforts through a combination of advertising, news releases and the
RDCO website, including contact with residents living in
neighbourhoods adjacent to these parks. Information and links about
the Tussock Moth is available on the Regional District website
Mt. Boucherie Regional Park Ownership
The Regional Board has agreed in principle to begin discussions
regarding a possible transfer of ownership
for Mount Boucherie Regional Park to the District of West Kelowna.
The Board agreed that a covenant on any transferred title be
included to ensure the land remains in park use. The Board also
authorizes Regional District staff to discuss the details of how the
parkland asset would be maintained and operated with West Kelowna
staff and provide a future report for Board consideration before any
final decision is made on a transfer of ownership title. Further
Board discussion about the ownership status of
Gellatly Heritage and Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Parks as requested
by the District of West Kelowna, has been deferred to the
April 8 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Special Board Meeting Minutes
- (Pg. 2-3)
2.3 RDCO Regional Parks Tussock Moth Forest Treatment
THAT the Regional Board authorize staff to work in conjunction with the Ministry
of Forests and Range (MFR), Forest Health Program to treat four (4) regional
parks for infestation of Douglas fir tussock moth by helicopter aerial
application of biological
controls comprised of either TM Biocontrol-1 (Virus) or Foray 48B (B.t.k.) as
determined by the MFR Regional Entomologist;
AND FURTHER THAT the Regional Board authorize staff to implement appropriate
park operational plans (i.e. patron notification, park closure on day of
treatment, etc.) as well as general public notification processes including, but
not limited to, newspaper advertising, RDCO website and public service
announcements to inform adjacent landowners and park users of the intent to
apply biological control treatments to Coldham, Trepanier Creek Greenway, Mill
Creek and Steven Coyote Ridge regional park properties.
April 8, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and
Services Committee Meeting Minutes
3.3 RDCO Regional Parks
Tussock Moth Forest Treatment Project
Staff report dated March 31, 2010
outlined the background information provided to the Regional Board in 2009
regarding the impact of the Tussock Moth to regional parks. In August 2009,
staff were directed to determine if there was a role for local
government working with the Ministry of Forests on local infestations.
Ministry of Forests and Range is initiating a program on Crown lands. They have
mapped the Crown land values that need to be treated. As part of the program, a
complimentary program has been added for private property owners if they wish to
have their lands sprayed. Ministry of Forests and Range staff work directly with
property owners, not RDCO staff. Further to discussions with the Ministry of
Forests and Range, four parks have been identified for defoliation: Steven's
Coyote Regional Park, Mill Creek Regional Park, Coldham and Trepanier Greenway
Regional Parks. The Regional District program is for parkland spraying only with
application in late May to early June.
Staff noted that specific information
on the Moth and its impact to trees, human and animals and the spray program
used has been provided and is linked to the RDCO website.
THAT the Governance and Services Committee recommend that the Regional Board
authorize staff to work in conjunction with the Ministry of Forests and Range
(MFR), Forest Health Program to treat four (4) regional parks for infestation of
Douglas Fir Tussock moth by helicopter aerial application of biological controls
comprised of either TM Biocontrol-1 (Virus) or Foray 48B (B.t.k.) as determined
by the MFR Regional Entomologist;
AND FURTHER THAT the Governance and Services
Committee recommend that the Regional Board authorize staff to implement
appropriate park operational plans (ie. patron notification, park closure on day
of treatment, etc.) as well as general public
notification processes including, but not limited to, newspaper advertising,
RDCO website and public service announcements to inform adjacent landowners and
park users of the intent to apply biological control treatments to Coldham,
Trepanier Creek Greenway, Mill Creek and Steven Coyote Ridge regional park
September 10, 2009
Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance & Services Committee Meeting Minutes
4. Regional Parks Services
4.1 Douglas Fir Tussock Moth Update - Forested Crown & Private
Lands in the Central Okanagan
In follow-up to the August 13th Governance and Services Committee
meeting staff were asked to report back whether there is a role for
the Regional District to work with the Ministry of Forests on local
infestation of the moth as well as whether there
is an issue with regional properties that need to be addressed.
Staff reviewed the areas of concern within the Regional District and
the role of the District including talking to Interior Health.
Staff report dated August 25th outlined the areas of known
infestation in the region.
Ministry of Forest mapping has not yet been completed and the
severity level is currently unknown. Based upon the results of
further survey, staff anticipate seeking Board approval to partner
with the Ministry in any future Ministry sponsored aerial spraying
application for the Trepanier Valley and Coldham Regional Park.
Appropriate funding levels will need to be determined for the 2010
Regional Parks budget.
THAT the August 25, 2009 staff report on the Douglas Fire Tussock
Moth update be received;
AND FURTHER THAT staff be directed to contact Interior Health (medical staff) and municipal staff to
provide information regarding the affect of the Moth on public
AND FURTHER THAT staff continue to update the Board on issues
related to the Moth and infestation within the Central Okanagan.
FYI - The
Douglas Fir Tussock Moth is a serious health hazard and can cause reactions in
people. It is also very devastating to trees,
including some decorator trees that could be growing in your own
This tree is located near the Spallumcheen
Industrial Park near Armstrong BC and was already attacked by the
Tussock Moth. The woman whom lived in the house next to the
trees had itchy legs from a reaction to the Tussock Moth during the
active season. She did not know why she had itchy legs and
went to the doctor for cream to put on her legs. It wasn't
until a pest control company stopped in to notify the owner of what
was wrong his trees that it was found out about how the Tussock Moth
can cause reactions in people.
These trees were finally removed. They were located near the
Spallumcheen Industrial Park in the Udy Subdivision
This is a photo is of a left over of the Tussock
This is a photo of the Tussock Moth Cocoon on a
branch. The cocoons are found on the underside of the branches
on this tree.
August 13, 2009 - Governance & Services Committee Meeting Minutes
3.1 Lorraine Maclauchlan, Ph.D. Forest
Entomologist, Ministry of Forests and Range - Southern Interior
Region, Stewardship Section - re: Pest management in Crown forests
L. Maclauchlan addressed the committee and provided a review of the
Province's pest management in Crown forests and in particular pests
around your home.
Information on the Douglas-Fir
Tussock moth, treatment and control, as well as recognizing the
Western Spruce budworm was highlighted.
Outbreak of the
Douglas-Fir and Tussock moth was reviewed.
noted the Tussock moth may cause allergic reactions to humans,
horses and dogs.
Mapping is being done
in Kamloops, South Okanagan, Similkameen and Rock Creek to
Christina Lake. Outbreak is bad in areas of Trepanier, Glenmore
Road, and the Kelowna airport area. Outbreaks often start on
private lands. Outbreaks last for a period of approximately four
The outbreak in the
Okanagan is at approximately year one. By year two or three the
outbreak is often rampant. If the Ministry can treat early, the
outbreak would cause less damage. It was noted that trees do not
necessarily die in the first year but only defoliate.
were reviewed. When, why or where would you spray. It was noted
that this is a naturally occurring pest.
Ministry policy at
the present time is to use virus (NPV).
Cost estimates were
reviewed using B.t.k. and NPV.
Is there a role the
Regional District can play to inform the public? Communicating
the potential problem is important in order to inform the public
ie: Trepanier is a new area of outbreak.
If spraying were to
occur in rural areas, all communities would have to agree as you
can't spray a 'stop, gap' method. Ministry gets signed position
from homeowners and in an area all homeowners would have to
agree before spraying would occur.
The Thompson Nicola
Regional District has contributed funds to spray on private
lands assisting the Ministry with the spray program in the area.
Their criteria was 'land had to sit next to Crown lands'.
The spray is only available from the Province or
Federal governments, It's a biological agent and does require
special handling methods. Forest services decides when it might
be appropriate and how to use it.
THAT the presentation by Lorraine Maclauchlan, Ph.D. Forest
Entomologist, Ministry of Forests and Range - Southern Interior
Region, Stewardship Section regarding Pest management in Crown
forests be received.
The Committee discussed:
Whether residents can contact the Ministry directly if there is an
issue in their area. Yes, they can and should.
Should an education campaign be communicated by the
Regional District? There is time to review as it is too late for
spraying this year. Information from staff is needed on what the
risks are within the Regional District first before expectations are
created. It may be helpful if there were some well timed articles on
the moth directly to the medical profession as well as the public.
The medical profession needs to be aware that over the next few
years reactions may occur to some sections of the population and be
educated in order to treat properly.
THAT staff be directed to report back to the Governance and Services
Committee if there is a role for local government working with the
Ministry of Forests on local infestation of the Douglas-Fir and
Tussock moth; as well as whether there is an issue with regional
properties that needs to be addressed in the future.
This tree is located near the Spallumcheen Industrial Park in the
June 3, 2011 we noticed some different eggs stuck under tree needles.. they are
black and not blue like the Western Spruce Budworm and they are smaller.
Not sure what they are, but we will try and find out and let you know.
click the photo for a larger view.
Here is another photo
click the photo for a larger view.
Hello okanaganlakebc.ca – they look like
Adelges cooleyi or some kind of scale insect. They will not harm your tree.
"Fear no Weevil"
Forest Entomologist, Thompson Okanagan Region
441 Columbia Street
Kamloops, B.C. V2C 2T3
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