The goal of the Kootenay Connect Priority Places project is to sustain exceptional places of biodiversity across local landscapes in the Kootenay region of B.C. by focusing on habitat conservation, enhancement and connectivity within and between valley bottoms and mountain ranges.
This project, managed by KCP, focuses on seven of the 12 key areas identified by Proctor and Mahr where KCP Partners have been active in conservation and stewardship: Bonanza Corridor, Slocan River Valley, Creston Valley, Duncan Lardeau, Columbia Valley Wetlands, Columbia Lake, and Wycliffe Corridor.
This project focuses on improving and protecting a broad spectrum of habitat types such as rich wetlands, cottonwood riparian galleries, mature cedar-hemlock forests, native grasslands, and open dry Ponderosa pine forests that support species at risk.
To date, there has been considerable effort to conserve important places in our region such as national and provincial parks, wildlife management areas and conservation properties held by a combination of land trusts and government. However, we are still concerned about the threats to habitat that in turn drive the loss of vulnerable species, especially in light of increasing human development and climate change.