Local Conservation Funds
A Conservation Fund is a local government service that is funded through a dedicated tax or fee and used to support environmental conservation and community sustainability projects.
The regional district or municipality that holds the conservation fund decides which projects to support according to criteria in the fund’s terms of reference. Conservation funds support projects that reflect local priories, such as: Protecting clean water sources. Conserving natural areas for people to enjoy. Restoring fish and wildlife habitat. Strengthening community vitality by taking care of ecosystems and the benefits they provide.
KCP co-administers two conservation funds: the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund in partnership with the Regional District of East Kootenay, and the Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund in partnership with the Regional District of Central Kootenay.
The Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund was the first of its kind established in Canada. See below for a short film about the CVLCF, which was a 2013 Public Sector Finalist in the Real Estate Foundation of BC Land Awards.
NEW — Just Released: Local Conservation Funds in British Columbia
The second edition of Local Conservation Funds in British Columbia: A Guide for Local Governments and Community Organizations has been published! Print and electronic versions of the guide will be shared far and wide as more and more people in various regions of B.C. and beyond express interest in establishing conservation funds in their communities. The guide web page, hosted on the South Okanagan-Similkameen Conservation Program website, includes — in addition to the guide itself — links to KCP’s two Local Conservation Funds. An Executive Summary PDF (2-pager) will soon be available to view and download.