Kensington North Watersheds Association

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Executive Director Position

(2017-12-08) The Association is actively seeking a qualifed individual to fill the position of Executive Director. Applications will be received until Dec. 12th, 2017.

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Invasive Species Workshop to be held in Kensington

(2017-11-20) Invasive species are defined as organisms (plant, animal, fungus, or bacterium) that are not native and that have negative effects on a region's economy, environment, or public health.

PEI has a long and difficult history with invasive species. Dandelions, quack grass, skunks, green crab, and Colorado Potato Beetle are just a few examples of invasive species that have given Islanders grief.

Invasive species come to PEI by many different means. Horticultural plants sometimes escape gardens. Low quality farm seed many not be sufficiently cleaned and may contain invasive weed seed. Forest pests are often transported in firewood by unsuspecting campers. Aquatic invasive species travel in bilge water and attach to the hulls of boats and ships.

Many invasive species are so well established that eradication is all but impossible. Some need to be controlled to minimize their impact on the environment, the economy and human health. Others invasive species have not yet arrived on PEI, and there is a need to be know and recognize them so they can be identified quickly and appropriate measures can be taken to minimize their impact if and when they arrive.

Kensington North Watersheds Association is hosting an Invasive Species Workshop on Wednesday, November 29 at 7:00 pm at the Agricultural Insurance Corporation Boardroom, 7 Gerald McCarville Drive. The speakers will be:

  • Andrew McKenzie-Gopsill, PhD
    Research Scientist, Weed Science Science and Technology Branch
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • David Carmichael
    Horticultural Technician, Forests, Fish and Wildlife
    PEI Dept. of Communities, Land and Environment

Both Andrew and David are active members of the PEI Invasive Species Council, have considerable experience and knowledge with and of invasive species.


Planting Willow Riparian Buffers

(2017-08-30) The Hon. Lawrence MacAulay announced a new Greenhouse Gas research initiative to demonstrate the effectiveness of willow riparian buffer systems to store carbon thus mitigating GHGs. The five year project will be led by the East Prince Agri-Environment Association (EPAA) in collaboration with Soil Health Specialist Dr. David Burton from Dalhousie University.

"To broaden the demonstration we have partnered with the Kensington North Watersheds Association and the Souris and Area Branch of the PEI Wildlife Federation to reach famers beyond our area. This is a very exciting project that is made possible by our close working relationship with AAFC researchers and technicians and the financial support from AAFC's GHG Mitigation Program" said Andrea McKenna, Manager of the East Prince Agri-Environment Association.

Two Master of Science students will be hired. One to determine the impact of a willow riparian buffer system on GHG balance of agricultural transition areas in potato cropping systems and one to examine the uses of willow biomass after potato harvest. During the project, a total of twelve sites will be planted across the island. If successful we hope more producers will adopt this important Agro-Forestry Best Management Practice.

Click here for the full media release.


Minister on Tour

(2017-08-23) The Hon. Robert Mitchell, Minister of Communities, Land and Environment for PEI joined Kensington North Board members and staff on a brief tour of some of this year's summer projects.

Pictured with the Minister at Paynters Pond are David Cody, Association President Amber MacRae, Board member Michael Pasatieri, Johanna Kelly and Executive Director Barry Murray.


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