The Peachland Sportsmen’s Association (PSA) is a community active group with over 120 members that include hunters, anglers, recreational shooters and people who have an active interest in the outdoors and it’s fish and wildlife resources. We strive to be active in our community and region and to promote fellowship amongst our membership.
Our goal is simple. Manage, Respect and Enjoy the environment and its wildlife and make sure that we do everything possible to make sure future generations can do the same. Come out to a meeting or club event and see what we are all about.
PSA Supports Mission Creek Restoration
At the November General Meeting, PSA members voted to support the Mission Creek Restoration Initiative (MCRI) with a donation to the project of $5,000. PSA Members have also officially thrown out a challenge to other fish & game clubs in the Okanagan to match or exceed the PSA donation.
The primary goal of the project is to restore fish and wildlife stocks and habitat. Complementary objectives will conserve and expand biodiversity and species at risk, to improve flood protection, and to inspire and support community stewardship. For more information on the project, read the press release below and also visit the website at: www.missioncreek.ca
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 25th, 2015
MCRI dike realignment will expand channel width by almost 400 percent
Phase 1 of the Mission Creek Restoration Initiative (MCRI) is officially underway, meaning that the south dike between Casorso Road and Gordon Drive is closed, environmental and archaeological monitoring is underway, and trees and vegetation within the new dike alignment are being removed. Slated for completion next spring, dike relocation and floodplain enhancement will increase the creek’s channel width from 40 to 150 metres, thereby reducing flood risks while expanding fish and wildlife habitat.
BUILDING THE NEW DIKE
To prepare for the dike realignment, the existing dike within the construction area will be scalped to an average elevation of 40cm above the creek’s current water level. These scalped materials will be used to construct the new setback dike. Designed to accommodate a one-in-200-year flood, the 570-metre section of new dike will reflect government standards and design specifications outlined in the MCRI Dike Setback Design Report. Construction will take place during the low-water period between now and next spring, with no harmful impacts on creek water quality.
The site of the new dike will initially be stripped down to mineral soil, with the excess top soil being stored for future use. Many of the trees and shrubs removed along the new dike alignment will be used to re-vegetate the newly expanded floodplain. Construction will start from both upstream and downstream ends, allowing for faster removal of material from the existing dike. The new dike requires about 9,000 cubic metres of sand, clay, and gravel. To reduce material and hauling costs, the majority of the needed dike materials will come from the old dike.
MISSION CREEK FISH HABITAT RESTORATION
To increase benefits for fish, four ‘meander’ notches, equally spaced along the scalped section of old dike, will be carved into the south bank of Mission Creek. Pools will be excavated at each meander notch and large trees will be anchored into the bank and extend into the pool to provide overhead cover. This habitat restoration will help re-naturalize flow patterns and provide major rearing benefits for rainbow trout, kokanee and mountain whitefish. This work is scheduled for summer 2016 during the period of lowest risk to aquatic species.
Construction is being undertaken by City of Kelowna workers, which MCRI project coordinator Steve Matthews says ìs an ideal arrangement. “Being a key MCRI partner, the City has a strong vested interest in getting the job done right… on time and within budget. It`s also a project that provides extra work for the City`s seasonal crews. I`m looking forward to watching it all unfold over the next six months.”
But watching it unfold in the short term may concern residents who don`t understand that MCRI is a project with huge long-term benefits. For example, a walk along the four-metre crest of the new dike “won`t be what people are used to, at least not for a few years,” says Matthews. “But as nature takes its course over time, and native trees and vegetation take hold, the view from the new dike across the naturalized creek will be stunning.”
For up-to-the-minute information about MCRI visit www.missioncreek.ca
Stocked and Ready for Youngsters to ‘Go Fish’
Over the past eight years, more than 34,000 young rainbow trout have been stocked in two Central Okanagan fishing areas for the annual ‘Go Fish’ program for youngsters.
The BC Freshwater Fisheries Society and Summerland Trout Hatchery staff are adding 2,500 more 25-30 centimeter long fish into the special fishing areas in two regional parks as the youth urban fishery program kicks off for its ninth season this weekend.
The Hall Road pond in Mission Creek Regional Park hosts the grand opening on Saturday, May 2nd while activities resume for the season Sunday, May 3rd at the special fishing area set up in Shannon Lake Regional Park. Regional Parks staff and volunteers from participating organizations will provide a barbeque and refreshments by donation at each kick-off event!
Each weekend through Sunday, June 14th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, youngsters 15 years of age and under will be able to fish for rainbow trout and are allowed to keep one each day, without a fishing license. Each Saturday at the Hall Road pond, volunteers from the Kelowna and District Fish and Game Club will provide equipment and expert fishing guidance while members of the Peachland Sportsmen’s Association will lend their fishing expertise to ‘Go Fish’ participants in the netted area at the south end of Shannon Lake in Shannon Lake Regional Park. Each Sunday, Regional Parks Services staff will provide equipment and will be available to help youngsters as they try their luck in the two fishing program locations.
And this year there’s a bonus ‘Families in Parks’ Go Fishing event on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21st from 10:00 – 11:30 am at Shannon Lake Regional Park. The same regulations apply as the Go Fish program.
For some youngsters the ‘Go Fish’ program may be their first opportunity to experience the lifelong enjoyment of fishing. Communication Officer Bruce Smith says, “This program is one of the best we offer each year. It’s hugely popular and thousands of youngsters from across the Central Okanagan have learned patience and the thrill of catching their first fish. Thanks to our dedicated volunteers with the Kelowna Fish and Game Club, the Peachland Sportsmen’s Association and Freshwater Fisheries Society, a new generation has had the opportunity to experience this lifelong sport.”
“If you plan to join us during any of the ‘Go Fish’ weekends” Smith says, “please respect our park neighbours by parking only in the designated areas or where directed by staff. While participants age 15 and under are not required to have a fishing license for this program we ask that they bring their own fishing equipment if possible, as there’s a limited number of rods and reels to borrow at each site.”
The ‘Go Fish’ recreational fishing program is put on by Regional District Parks Services and its volunteer partners, the Kelowna and District Fish and Game Club and Peachland Sportsmen’s Association along with the support of the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, the Summerland Trout Hatchery and the Ministry of Environment.
Benefits of being a member!
- Meet and socialize with like minded people. Attend general meetings and voice your opinion on issues. Become involved in club events & projects.
- Get your children engaged in outdoor activities and enjoy the many benefits of becoming a family member of the Peachland Sportsmen’s Association.
- Your membership in the Peachland Sportsmen’s Association also includes automatic membership in the BCWF and a subscription to the Outdoor Edge Mag
- As a member of the BCWF receive great deals & discounts at many businesses that support the BCWF. Check out http://www.bcwf.net/ for a complete list.
- Each member of the PSA is covered by $3,000,000 liability insurance plus excess BCWF liability coverage. Download our Policy: Members Liability Insurance
- Interact with fellow sportsmen and learn what’s happening in the field and various levels of government. Getting involved is the best way to effect positive change.
Not a Member yet?
Come out to our next meeting as a guest and see what we are all about & meet some of our members. Check out our calendar of events for the next meeting date. Or, click on the “Join Us Today” button on the right. You can complete an online membership form and pay online or download the membership form and mail in your dues. Memberships are also available at Antler Creek Outfitters on the Westside or Grouse River Outfitters in Kelowna. Either way, we want to see you at our next meeting!