Rocky Mountain Trench Ecosystem Restoration Program

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Conservation Neighbourhood Columbia ValleyElk ValleyGoldenSouth CountryUpper Kootenay River Valley
Focuses Ecosystem Restoration/EnhancementEducation/OutreachLand ManagementSpecies-at-RiskWildlife/Fish Conservation
Regional District RDEK

Our Mission:

1) Progressively restore the designated 118,500 hectares of the Trench to an ecologically appropriate fire-maintenance condition by 2030, in accordance with tree stocking targets for open range and open forest sites. 2) Maintain the restored 118,500 hectares in an open range or open forest condition in perpetuity.

Our Vision:

A restored Trench landscape functioning at its ecological potential and thereby supporting: the native and historical matrix of trees, plants and animals; a sustainable forage resource for wild and domestic grazing ungulates; and the social, economic and cultural needs of stakeholders as they relate to the open range and open forests of the Trench.

The Rocky Mountain Trench Ecosystem Restoration Program has operated as a successful partnership of government, industry, First Nations, NGOs and the public since 1998. The long-term goal is to restore East Kootenay/Columbia Valley low-elevation grasslands and dry Ponderosa pine/Douglas-fir forests to their natural state. Restoration is taking place on Crown land, within provincial and national parks, on private conservation properties, and on First Nations reserves from Radium Hot Springs to the US border. Values of restoration include: Restoration of grasslands and open forests contributes to the region’s rich biodiversity by providing habitat for a wealth of wildlife species, many of which are at risk because habitat has been lost or degraded. ER Program is a significant factor in helping to sustain the East Kootenay’s traditional way of life. The Trench Programs has just released their Blueprint for Action that can be found at: http://trench-er.com/our_blueprint