People choose to live here for a reason, and the Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) is our ‘Way of Life’ Insurance. The East and West Kootenays are stunningly beautiful and ecologically rich, yet also quite fragile. Hydropower, residential and road development, resource extraction and the spread of invasive species have all applied pressure to the natural functioning of the region’s ecosystems.
The KCP is responding by helping our partners to protect clean water, preserve important wildlife habitat, and steward the land to allow for healthy, functioning ecosystems. Our collaborative approach can help us find win-win solutions to ecosystem conservation on private lands. In this way we can maintain and, in some cases, restore the rich biological social heritage of the Kootenays.
We are a broad partnership of over 80 organizations from across the Kootenays. We support partners in conserving landscapes that sustain naturally functioning ecosystems. We envision vibrant communities that demonstrate the principles of environmental stewardship that can in turn support economic and social well-being.
We help our partners to coordinate and facilitate conservation efforts on private land. We increase the capacity of our partners by improving access to financial and technical resources for project implementation. We also help to raise money locally, which is then leveraged for hundreds of millions of dollars. As a result, conservation in the Kootenays is a great investment.
Our approach is strategic and focused on bringing organizations together for the greatest long-term return on investment. We seek to help our partners address threats to biological diversity and naturally functioning ecosystems by helping to increase the amount of private land securement and landowner stewardship; and improving communication, coordination and knowledge of conservation within the partnership as well as with stakeholders and the general public.
Since 2002 our partners have worked to conserve over 250,000 hectares of land and have invested $150 million into conservation projects across the Kootenays. World-class conservation efforts include Darkwoods, The Flathead Agreement, Tembec Lands, Pine Butte Ranch, Wycliffe Wildlife Corridor, Lot 48, Hoodoo-Hofert, The Frog Bear Project and The Big Ranch.
The Executive Committee is made up of elected representatives from the steering committee and provides ongoing feedback and support for KCP operations. Please click here for bios of the Executive Committee.
The Steering Committee provides strategic direction to the KCP including funding, budget, program priorities, annual workshop themes and recognition awards.
The Securement Committee identifies, evaluates and coordinates property purchases and the establishment of conservation covenants on private land in the Kootenays.
The East and West Kootenay Stewardship Committees support stewardship on private land with the goal of maintaining the rich biological, economic and social heritage of the entire Kootenay region.
You can click here for a full list of KCP Partners.