Neighbourhood Planning

Conservation Neighbourhood Action Planning

Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) includes a diverse range of partners with broad conservation goals for the region. Partners include local, provincial and federal government, first nations, stewardship groups, agriculturalists, rod and gun clubs, streamkeepers societies and many others. Partners recognize that by developing shared priorities, they can work more effectively and collaboratively with each other.

The KCP Conservation Neighbourhood approach brings together diverse conservation perspectives as well as leading scientists for a particular landscape or “conservation neighbourhood”. These subregions of the Kootenays represent unique ecosystems, communities and approaches to conservation.

KCP facilitates partners from a particular neighbourhood where there is local interest and leadership to learn from the latest science in the region to inform the development of shared action priorities and plans. The purpose of KCP’s approach to conservation planning is to identify priority actions that will contribute to maintaining healthy fish and wildlife populations and ecological functions in the region for the next 5 years.

Guiding questions:

  • What is the current knowledge regarding species of concern, critical habitat and processes in the neighbourhood? What more do we need to know?
  • Based on scientific findings, what actions will make the most difference in preventing / controlling invasive species, protecting critical habitat, enhancing connectivity, reducing recreational pressure and promoting climate change resilience?
  • Where do you see opportunities in your organization’s or agency’s plans, policies, programs, budgets and communications for realizing these actions?
  • What kind of alignment do we need to foster between scientists, non-profit organizations and local and provincial government to effectively collaborate and make a significant, positive impact while also meeting organizational mandates?

Desired outcomes:

  • Science recommendations set the foundation for priority-setting of actions.
  • Natural resource managers and representatives of local non-profit organizations will have the information they need to identify how they can contribute to collaborative approaches and actions.
  • The group clearly identifies at least 4 conservation actions and the partnerships / teams required to achieve positive results.
  • Kootenay Conservation Program and other partners have clear direction for how they can support the proposed conservation actions in the neighbourhood.

So far, KCP has co-facilitated two of these neighbourhood planning sessions. They include:

Slocan Lake Watershed

KCP partnered with the Slocan Lake Stewardship Society on February 23, 2017 in Silverton.

Click here for the Slocan Lake Watershed Priority Conservation Actions Summary Report.

Over 30 representatives from various organizations came together on February 23rd at the ​Silverton Memorial Hall to identify and begin to take collaborative conservation actions that would benefit important species and habitats in the Slocan Lake Watershed.


Columbia Valley

KCP partnered with the Columbia Wetlands Stewardship Partners on December 6, 2017 in Invermere.

Click here for the Columbia Valley Conservation Action Forum Summary Report.

Below are PDFs of the Columbia Valley Forum Biodiversity Conservation Planning PowerPoint presentations:

  1. Cam Gillies – Bird Monitoring in Glacier & Mt. Revelstoke National Parks
  2. Rachel Darvill – Columbia Wetlands Waterbirds Survey & Marsh Bird Monitoring Project
  3. Penny Ohanjanian – Reintroduction of Northern Leopard Frogs to Columbia Marshes
  4. Suzanne Bayley – Hydrologic Changes in the Columbia Valley and Threats to the Columbia Wetlands
  5. Gerry Oliver – Topics of Interest in Fisheries Conservation Planning
  6. Sherri McPherson – Protecting Shoreline Habitat
  7. Leigh Anne Isaac – Bats in the Columbia Valley
  8. Richard Klafki – The North American Badger in the Columbia Valley
  9. Randy Moody – Five Needle Pines in the Kootenay
  10. Michael Proctor – Grizzly Bears and Valley Bottoms, Wetlands and Riparian Areas
  11. Ian Adams – Connecting the Upper Columbia
  12. Kari Stuart-Smith – Canfor High Conservation Value Area Assessment

Over 35 representatives from various organizations came together on Wednesday, December 6 at the ​Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce to identify and begin to take collaborative conservation actions that would benefit important species and habitats in the Columbia Valley. The “Conservation Neighbourhood” meeting ​was co-sponsored by the Kootenay Conservation Program and the Columbia Wetlands Stewardship Partners, and included local ranchers; the Lake Windermere & District Rod and Gun Club; the Lake Windermere and Columbia Lake stewardship societies; the Shuswap Band and Akisqnuk First Nation, ecosystem specialists and scientists; local, provincial and federal government; and other conservation groups. Discussion cente​red on ​priority conservation actions in the region including such topics as ​maintaining wildlife corridors for east-west movements of grizzly bears, badgers, bighorn sheep and other mammals, ​maintaining ​wetland functions in drought conditions, restoring fish breeding and rearing habitat, reducing recreational​ pressures on wildlife and fish, and monitoring endangered birds and bats.


If you are a KCP Partner organization and interested in co-hosting an event in your neighbourhood, please contact KCP Program Manager, manager@kootenayconservation.ca.