Partner Directory

WELCOME TO THE KOOTENAY CONSERVATION PROGRAM PARTNER DIRECTORY!

This directory lists KCP partner organization (excluding consulting companies) that work on  conservation in the Kootenays. KCP parnter organiztaions are required to sign on to the KCP Governance Charter and be approved by the KCP Board. Please use the buttons below to refine your search. You can save or print your list using the download button at the bottom of the list. Please note that this list isn’t exhaustive, it is only KCP Partners (excluding consulting companies). For more information on how to become a KCP Partner, see http://kootenayconservation.ca/ourpartners/. For general conservation services and opportunities in your region, please see www.kootenayconservation.ca/toolkit. If information in this directory needs to be updated, please contact info@kootenayconservation.ca.


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Conservation Neighbourhood Columbia ValleyCreston-PurcellsDuncan-Trout LakeElk ValleyGoldenKootenay LakeKootenay Lake West ArmLower ArrowLower Columbia RiverSlocan ValleySouth CountrySouth Selkirks-SalmoUpper ArrowUpper Kootenay River Valley
Focuses Ecosystem Restoration/EnhancementWaterWildlife/Fish Conservation

Our Mission

Powering BC with clean, reliable electricity for generations.

Our Vision

Powering BC with clean, reliable electricity for generations

About Us

BC Hydro was created over 50 years ago to generate and deliver clean, reliable and competitively priced electricity to homes and businesses throughout British Columbia. The electricity generated by our dams and delivered by our transmission and distribution infrastructure has powered B.C.’s economy and quality of life for generations. With prudent reinvestment and careful planning, BC Hydro is positioned to safely deliver clean, reliable power for the long-term benefit of the growing province. BC Hydro partners with the Province, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, First Nations and public stakeholders to deliver the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP). The FWCP compensates for the impacts to fish, wildlife and their supporting habitats affected by BC Hydro owned and operated generation facilities.
Conservation Neighbourhood Upper Kootenay River Valley
Focuses Citizen ScienceEducation/OutreachEnvironmental MonitoringLeadership Development

Our Mission

Blue Lake Centre educates youth and adults to broaden perspectives develop science literacy and foster appreciation for engaged citizenship. We accomplish this through fun, meaningful and collaborative learning experiences in the natural environment that incorporate biased balanced scientific inquiry, leadership development, civic engagement and academic rigor.

Our Vision

By 2020, Blue Lake Centre will reach beyond camp to bring high-quality environmental science, leadership and sustainability programming and experiences to communities across South Eastern BC. With upgraded energy efficient facilities for faculty and participants, BLC envisions enhanced program offerings, increased community partnerships, and broader funding opportunities. BLC’s leadership in the industry will be recognized and our staff sought after to provide guidance in the areas of science and outdoor education, partnership development, and financial sustainability.

About Us

The Blue Lake Forest Education Society is the non-profit charitable organization responsible for the operation of Blue Lake Centre. New facilities at the Centre provide rental opportunities in the new lodge as a corporate getaway and training center, develop new partnerships with schools and increased capacity for private group and family rentals and expansion of their youth summer, winter and leadership camp programs.Blue Lake provides curriculum connected forest and environment programs to youth and adults throughout the Columbia Basin. Programs increase an understanding of, and a connection to our natural world and spark an interest in science and science related careers. Camp programs develop youth self-esteem and confidence, develop leadership skills and life long outdoor recreation skills and interests.
Conservation Neighbourhood Columbia ValleyCreston-PurcellsDuncan-Trout LakeElk ValleyGoldenKootenay LakeKootenay Lake West ArmLower ArrowLower Columbia RiverSlocan ValleySouth CountrySouth Selkirks-SalmoUpper ArrowUpper Kootenay River Valley
Focuses Ecosystem Restoration/EnhancementWetland ConservationWildlife/Fish ConservationYouth Programs and Activities

Our Mission

The BC Wildlife Federation is a province-wide voluntary conservation organization representing all British Columbians whose aims are to protect, enhance and promote the wise use of the environment for the benefit of present and future generations.

Our Vision

1. To ensure the sound, long-term management of British Columbia's fish, wildlife, park and outdoor recreational resources in the best interests of all British Columbians, and to coordinate all the voluntary agencies, societies, clubs and individuals interested in that objective, and 2. To develop and support a comprehensive educational program to make all British Columbians aware of the value of British Columbia's fish, wildlife, park and outdoor recreational resources, and to arouse in the public conscience a recognition of, and a respect for, the place of fish, wildlife and outdoor recreation in the wise integrated use of the nation's natural resources.

About Us

The BC Wildlife Federation is British Columbia's largest and oldest conservation organization. Our 50,000 members are passionately committed to protecting, enhancing and promoting the wise use of the environment for the benefit of present and future generations. Our volunteers and donors give generously of their time and finances to support to a wide range of wildlife conservation programs and projects.
Conservation Neighbourhood Columbia ValleyCreston-PurcellsDuncan-Trout LakeElk ValleyGoldenKootenay LakeKootenay Lake West ArmLower ArrowLower Columbia RiverSlocan ValleySouth CountrySouth Selkirks-SalmoUpper ArrowUpper Kootenay River Valley
Focuses Ecosystem Restoration/EnhancementPlanningPolicy/RegulationWildlife/Fish Conservation

Our Mission

To provide scientific and technical expertise in support of healthy aquatic ecosystems of the Ktunaxa and Secwepemc Nations.

Our Vision

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About Us

The Canadian Columbia River Intertribal Fisheries Commission coordinates and provides technical support to the efforts of the Ktunaxa and Secwepemc Nations to protect and restore fisheries, aquatic ecosystems and aboriginal fishing rights in the Canadian portion of the Columbia River watershed. In particular, we support the long-term work of member nations to restore anadromous salmon to the upper Columbia. Some focus areas include: • Salmon Restoration in the Columbia River Basin: to restore anadromous (ocean-going) salmon which were lost from the basin in the early 1940s with the construction of the Grand Coulee Dam, and which are an integral part of the culture, spirituality, and economy of the First Nations in Canada • Elk Valley Water Quality Plan: a strategic plan to address concerns of selenium, cadmium, nitrate, and sulphate in response to mining development and operations • Strategic and operational initiatives for hydroelectric development including research projects for the Kinbasket Reservoir • Life History and Habitat Use Assessment for Burbot, Rainbow Trout, and Juvenile Bull Trout • Fishery Guardian Officers: compliance and enforcement in protecting fish and fish habitats in the Kootenay region including within the shared territory areas • Columbia Salmon Festival: an event to inform people about the history and future of salmon in the upper Columbia, and their cultural significance
Conservation Neighbourhood Columbia ValleyCreston-PurcellsDuncan-Trout LakeElk ValleyGoldenKootenay LakeKootenay Lake West ArmLower ArrowLower Columbia RiverSlocan ValleySouth CountrySouth Selkirks-SalmoUpper ArrowUpper Kootenay River Valley
Focuses Ecosystem Restoration/EnhancementLand ConservationPlanningPolicy/Regulation

Our Mission

To provide regional implementation of: The North American Waterfowl Management Plan, The Canadian Shorebird Plan, Partners in Flight (Landbirds), and Canada’s Conservation Program for Seabirds and Waterbirds (Wings over Water).

Our Vision

The Canadian Intermountain is a landscape that supports healthy populations of birds, maintains biodiversity and fosters sustainable resource use.

About Us

The Canadian Intermountain Joint Venture (CIJV) is working for the long-term benefit of the wildlife and people living in the Canadian Intermountain. The CIJV partnership provides opportunities for the efficient use of resources and expertise. The CIJV operates under the umbrella of the North American Wetland Conservation Council, which implements the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, as well as the North American Bird Conservation Initiative, which advocates bird conservation through regional partnerships. The CIJV complements, augments and facilitates existing conservation initiatives, conserving habitat for the benefit of wildlife and people. The CIJV takes a habitat-based approach to conservation. Priority species have been identified for each of the region’s habitat types, and wildlife experts are determining the habitat requirements of these species. Partners are also developing best management practices for resource users.

Canal Flats Wilderness Club (CFWC)

Fish and Wildlife Association
Conservation Neighbourhood Columbia Valley
Focuses Ecosystem Restoration/EnhancementLand ConservationPolicy/RegulationWildlife/Fish Conservation

Our Mission

The Canal Flats Wilderness Club (CFWC) supports East Kootenay Fish, Wildlife and Outdoor Resources. The club was formed so that locals would have a say in decisions made about land use, hunting and fishing regulations, access management, and habitat enhancement opportunities as well as stewardship opportunities and offering a safe place for locals to practice shooting. As such the CFWC has completed many habitat enhancement projects, headed 2 major sheep projects as well as helping to transplant sheep from here to many other locations, provided input into management strategies including the recent Whiteswan lake management plan. In addition, they are nearly finished building a shooting range facility that will include 100,300, pistol and shotgun range opportunities.

Our Vision

To ensure long term management of East Kootenay fish, wildlife and outdoor resources. To arouse a respect and recognition of all residents for fish, wildlife and outdoor resources. To obtain and maintain public access to forest and recreational areas. To co-operate with other clubs with the same objectives in order to prevent land, water, and air pollution. To encourage firearms shooting in our community with a view towards improved marksmanship and safe firearms handling. To promote appreciation of sportsmanship in the light of fish and wildlife regulations and promote the concept of fair chase.

About Us

To ensure long term management of East Kootenay fish, wildlife and outdoor resources. To arouse a respect and recognition of all residents for fish, wildlife and outdoor resources. To obtain and maintain public access to forest and recreational areas. To co-operate with other clubs with the same objectives in order to prevent land, water, and air pollution. To encourage firearms shooting in our community with a view towards improved marksmanship and safe firearms handling. To promote appreciation of sportsmanship in the light of fish and wildlife regulations and promote the concept of fair chase.
Conservation Neighbourhood Lower ArrowLower Columbia River
Focuses Citizen ScienceEcosystem Restoration/EnhancementEducation/OutreachLeadership Development

Our Mission

To protect, enhance and promote the wise use of the environment for the benefit of present and future generations.

Our Vision

CDWA is dedicated to the improvement of the outdoor experience for its members and the general public, promoting good sportsmanship, safety and ethics, and acting as the voice of the community on policy and management issues concerning our natural resources. CDWA endorses and encourages policies and management techniques that will ensure a harvestable surplus of fish and wildlife for the benefit of present and future generations.

About Us

The Castlegar & District Wildlife Association (CDWA) is located at the juncture of the Columbia and Kootenay Rivers in the heart of the West Kootenay. The CDWA was incorporated under the BC Societies Act on June 18, 1962 and is an affiliated member of both the BC Wildlife Federation (BCWF) and the West Kootenay Outdoorsmen (WKO). CDWA boasts a current membership of some 250 individuals and families, comprising hunters, anglers, recreational shooters and others who are committed to the conservation and prudent management of the region’s abundant fish, wildlife, and natural habitats.
Conservation Neighbourhood Creston-PurcellsDuncan-Trout LakeKootenay LakeKootenay Lake West ArmLower ArrowLower Columbia RiverSlocan ValleySouth Selkirks-SalmoUpper Arrow
Focuses Ecosystem Restoration/EnhancementEducation/OutreachInvasive Species ManagementInventoryResearch

Our Mission

To minimize the impacts of invasive species on the ecosystems, communities, and economy of the Central Kootenay region by promoting collaborative approaches to invasive species management.

Our Vision

A network of partners collaborating to minimize the impacts of invasive species on the ecosystems, communities, and economy of the Regional District of Central Kootenay and the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Area A and B.

About Us

The CKISS is a non-profit society that was formed by a group of residents and company/agency representatives who were interested in promoting collaborative approaches to invasive plant management in 2005. The CKISS has the goals of: Implementing a collaborative and coordinated program; Implementing a collaborative and coordinated program; Educating, engaging, and inspiring residents and partners to participate in invasive species management; Preventing the introduction, establishment and spread of aquatic and terrestrial invasive species; Reducing the impacts of existing invasive species populations on biodiversity, natural resource values, and the economy; Building capacity to ensure program sustainability.
Conservation Neighbourhood South Country
Focuses Citizen ScienceEcosystem Restoration/EnhancementEducation/OutreachLeadership Development

Our Mission

Clear Sky is a centre dedicated to transformative change for all beings, through an integrated, diverse path of exploration and discovery, encompassing all facets of life.

Our Vision

Clear Sky. A vehicle for integrating and manifesting spiritual realization.

About Us

Clear Sky Mediation and Study Centre is a ‘Quadruple bottom line’ social enterprise: we give equal consideration to financial, environmental, social and spiritual imperatives. Our goal is to inspire and engage our community to cultivate sustainable livelihoods and lifestyles that facilitate health, abundance and diversity through holistic living, working and learning opportunities together in community. Founded in 2004, Clear Sky runs retreats and programs, which are designed to enhance and deepen well-being and quality of life. Projects are underway to restore the endangered native grasslands ecosystem and develop ways for this erstwhile cattle ranch to coexist in balance with the areas abundant wildlife, which are under increasing pressure from human development. From 2010-12, Clear Sky created a 1500 sq. ft. reclamation plot and developed and offered two workshops on grasslands reclamation/restoration and thanks to a grant from the Agroforestry Industry Development Initiative, in 2013 Clear Sky planted and cultivated a one-acre food forest.
Conservation Neighbourhood Columbia ValleyCreston-PurcellsDuncan-Trout LakeElk ValleyGoldenKootenay LakeKootenay Lake West ArmLower ArrowLower Columbia RiverSlocan ValleySouth CountrySouth Selkirks-SalmoUpper ArrowUpper Kootenay River Valley
Focuses Education/OutreachLeadership DevelopmentYouth Programs and Activities

Our Mission

Encouraging environmental stewardship and sustainability in the Canadian Columbia Basin by supporting educators.

Our Vision

People in the Canadian Columbia Basin respect the natural environment and engage in sustainable activities.

About Us

CBEEN acts as a regional umbrella network for environmental education that supports, encourages, and facilitates environmental education initiatives, and fosters environmental stewardship and sustainability, throughout the Canadian Columbia Basin. CBEEN has been working since 2002 to build a community of engaged and effective educators by connecting them with the best resources, information, professional development, delivery and networking opportunities available. The network finds efficiencies associated with facilitating and strengthening environmental education throughout the region. CBEEN believes that environmental education is a long-term investment in the general health and well-being of individuals, communities, ecosystems and the planet.
Conservation Neighbourhood Columbia ValleyCreston-PurcellsDuncan-Trout LakeElk ValleyGoldenKootenay LakeKootenay Lake West ArmLower ArrowLower Columbia RiverSlocan ValleySouth CountrySouth Selkirks-SalmoUpper ArrowUpper Kootenay River Valley
Focuses Climate ChangeEcosystem Restoration/EnhancementEducation/OutreachFundingWater

Our Mission

To support efforts by the people of the Basin to create a legacy of social, economic and environmental well-being and to achieve greater self-sufficiency for present and future generations.

Our Vision

The Basin is a place where social, economic and environmental well-being is fostered; Collaborative relationships and partnerships are established across the Basin; communities work together in a spirit of mutual support and respect for each other’s differences; residents identify with a Basin culture and feel a sense of belonging to a Basin community; residents are involved in community decision making; A healthy environment is the basis for social and economic activities; residents are committed to long-term and enduring stewardship of the Basin’s natural resources; and The economy of the Basin is diverse, resilient and energized; communities are responsive to both the needs of the present and the future; community enhancement initiatives are widely supported and residents share responsibility for their implementation; practical and innovative investments in the Basin serve to increase the range of options for present and future generations.

About Us

CBT was created in 1995 to support efforts by the people of the Basin to create social, economic and environmental well-being in the Canadian portion of the Columbia River Basin - the region most affected by the Columbia River Treaty. CBT supports efforts by the people of the Basin to create a legacy of social, economic and environmental well-being and to achieve greater self-sufficiency for present and future generations. Using the income earned from the Investment Program, CBT's Delivery of Benefits activities supports programs and initiatives which focus on fostering quality of life and addressing critical issues in the Basin.
Conservation Neighbourhood Columbia Valley
Focuses Citizen ScienceEducation/OutreachEnvironmental MonitoringWater

Our Mission

The Columbia Lake Stewardship Society (CLSS) mission is to act as stewards in preserving the ecological health of Columbia Lake. Our vision is that by conducting water quality measurements, recording data, and circulating information and reports, we will engage others in our mission to preserve Columbia Lake's pristine water and natural environment.

Our Vision

The Columbia Lake Stewardship Society (CLSS) vision is that by conducting water quality and quantity measurements, recording data, and disseminating information and reports, the CLSS will communicate with and encourage others to join its mission to preserve Columbia Lake’s pristine water resources and natural environment.

About Us

In July 2013, meetings were held by concerned citizens to investigate forming a group to represent those interested in preserving the health of Columbia Lake. It was noted that several other associations and partnerships existed in the area with considerable experience including Lake Windermere Ambassadors, Columbia Wetlands Stewardship Partners, Living Lakes Canada, Columbia Basin Watershed Network, and BC Lakes Stewardship Society. But none focused solely on Columbia Lake, so soon after the Columbia Lake Stewardship Society was created. CLSS recognizes these other groups and works alongside our partners. CLSS has representation from Columbia Lake communities and works with the Village of Canal Flats and the Regional District of East Kootenay. CLSS has a dedicated team of seven directors including concerned citizens, local business owners, individuals from geology, meteorology, engineering and nursing professions. We are both permanent and part time residents. All have a keen sense of lake pride and cherish Columbia Lake and its environs.
Conservation Neighbourhood Columbia ValleyUpper Kootenay River Valley
Focuses Citizen ScienceEducation/OutreachEnvironmental MonitoringLeadership Development

Our Mission

To educate youth and adults to broaden perspectives, develop science literacy and foster appreciation for engaged citizenship. We accomplish this mission through fun, meaningful and collaborative learning experiences in the natural environment that incorporate biased balanced scientific inquiry, leadership development, civic engagement and academic rigor.

Our Vision

By 2020, Blue Lake Centre will reach beyond camp to bring high-quality environmental science, leadership and sustainability programming and experiences to communities across South Eastern BC. With upgraded energy efficient facilities for faculty and participants, BLC envisions enhanced program offerings, increased community partnerships, and broader funding opportunities. BLC’s leadership in the industry will be recognized and our staff sought after to provide guidance in the areas of science and outdoor education, partnership development, and financial sustainability.

About Us

The Blue Lake Forest Education Society is the non-profit charitable organization responsible for the operation of Blue Lake Centre. New facilities at the Centre provide rental opportunities in the new lodge as a corporate getaway and training center, develop new partnerships with schools and increased capacity for private group and family rentals and expansion of their youth summer, winter and leadership camp programs. Blue Lake provides curriculum connected forest and environment programs to youth and adults throughout the Columbia Basin. Programs increase an understanding of, and a connection to our natural world and spark an interest in science and science related careers. Camp programs develop youth self-esteem and confidence, develop leadership skills and life long outdoor recreation skills and interests.
Conservation Neighbourhood Golden
Focuses Ecosystem Restoration/EnhancementEducation/OutreachInvasive Species ManagementInventory

Our Mission

To develop a collaborative and coordinated approach to invasive species prevention, reduction and management in the Columbia Shuswap Regional District. CSISS in partnership with the Invasive Species Council of BC can provide educational resources and activities that fit well in the prescribed BC Learning Objectives.

Our Vision

The environment, economy and society of the Columbia Shuswap region is protected from the adverse impact of invasive species.

About Us

The Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society is a network of partners who facilitate the prevention, reduction and management of invasive species through collaboration, engagement and education. The Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society (CSISS) is a non-profit society founded in April 2013 by a group of individuals and organizational representatives who saw the need for a coordinated regional approach to the growing threat of invasive species in the Columbia Shuswap Regional District.
Conservation Neighbourhood Columbia Valley
Focuses Coordination and CommunicationEcosystem Restoration/EnhancementEducation/OutreachResearchWetland ConservationWildlife/Fish Conservation

Our Mission

The Columbia River Wetlands Stewardship Partners (CWSP) is made up of a diverse group of community interests, First Nations, local governments, and government agencies created to develop effective stewardship and management practices for the Columbia Wetlands and the Upper Columbia River. The partnership, acting on their vision statement, will engage the general public and work with government at all levels to implement a shared stewardship model for the management of the river and wetlands.

Our Vision

The Upper Columbia River and the adjacent Columbia Wetlands will continue to function as a healthy flood-plain ecosystem with a complex biological community governed by natural fluvial and ecological processes. Human Communities will continue to benefit socially, environmentally and economically from this naturally functioning ecosystem and in turn the wetlands will contribute to the health and vitality of the communities in the upper Columbia River Basin. Residents in these communities will become engaged and motivated to adopt a stewardship ethic and will work collectively to demonstrate the benefits of a shared stewardship model for this important resource.

About Us

The mandate of the CWSP is to steward the wetlands in accordance with our vision as a single system irrespective of ownership or jurisdiction and to take a pro-active stance in dealing with issues as they arise. We intend to take a positive, community and science based approach to issues related to the wetlands, and resolve issues neighbor to neighbor. The formation of this group is, in effect, local people taking responsibility for a natural landscape that they care deeply about.
Conservation Neighbourhood Creston-Purcells
Focuses Ecosystem Restoration/EnhancementEducation/OutreachLand ManagementSpecies-at-RiskWetland Conservation

Our Mission

To manage the area for conservation and natural species diversity through active habitat and wildlife management, research and education.

Our Vision

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About Us

The CVWMA mandate is derived from British Columbia’s Creston Valley Wildlife Act. Through the Act, a Management Authority was delegated to manage the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area, a 7,000-hectare (17,000-acre) area of provincial Crown land, or an area that averages 20 km (12.4) miles long by 3.4 km (2.1 miles) wide. It contains one lake (1,500 ha or 3,700 acres) and 17 marshes plus a major river and adjoining mountain slopes. Through the Ramsar Convention the CVWMA has been classified as a wetland of international importance. The CVWMA is a provincial crown agency that operates as a not-for-profit organization with federal charitable status.
Conservation Neighbourhood Columbia ValleyCreston-PurcellsDuncan-Trout LakeElk ValleyGoldenKootenay LakeKootenay Lake West ArmLower ArrowLower Columbia RiverSlocan ValleySouth CountrySouth Selkirks-SalmoUpper ArrowUpper Kootenay River Valley
Focuses Ecosystem Restoration/EnhancementLand ConservationWaterWetland ConservationWildlife/Fish Conservation

Our Mission

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) conserves, restores and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people.

Our Vision

Abundant wetlands and waterfowl – today, tomorrow and forever.

About Us

DUC is the leader in wetland conservation. A registered charity, DUC partners with government, industry, non-profit organizations and landowners to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl, wildlife and the environment. Using sound science, DUC delivers on-the-ground habitat conservation projects, research, education programs and public policy work to stop wetland loss. Here are some examples of DUC’s programs: • To date, DUC has completed 9,387 habitat projects and conserved 6.4 million acres of wetlands and associated habitat. • The Institute for Wetland and Waterfowl Research (IWWR) is the scientific research arm of DUC. Its respected team of biologists finds answers to important environmental questions and establishes the value of wetlands to society. • DUC works with all levels of governments, advocating for programs and policies that benefit wetlands and stop critical wetland loss
Conservation Neighbourhood Columbia ValleyElk ValleySouth CountryUpper Kootenay River Valley
Focuses Ecosystem Restoration/EnhancementEducation/OutreachInvasive Species ManagementWater

Our Mission

To mitigate the negative environmental, social, and economic impacts of invasive species in order to achieve an East Kootenay free of invasive species.

Our Vision

East Kootenay free of invasive species.

About Us

EKISC is a diverse and dynamic mix of government and non‐government, multi‐interest stakeholders with membership open to anyone. The EKISC operates under a single‐agency partnership delivery model to deliver a coordinated education and treatment program within the Regional District of East Kootenay. The board of directors of the EKISC has representation from provincial and local governments, agriculture, non‐governmental environment organizations, and the private sector. An Annual report is produced summarizing education, inventory, coordination and treatment activities each year. An AGM is held in the first half of each year.
Conservation Neighbourhood Columbia ValleyElk ValleyGoldenSouth CountryUpper Kootenay River Valley
Focuses Ecosystem Restoration/EnhancementLand ConservationPolicy/RegulationWildlife/Fish Conservation

Our Mission

To ensure long term management of East Kootenay fish, wildlife and outdoor resources. To arouse a respect and recognition of all residents for fish, wildlife and outdoor resources. To obtain and maintain public access to forest and recreational areas. To co-operate with other clubs with the same objectives in order to prevent land, water, and air pollution. To encourage firearms shooting in our community with a view towards improved marksmanship and safe firearms handling. To promote appreciation of sportsmanship in the light of fish and wildlife regulations and promote the concept of fair chase.

Our Vision

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About Us

The East Kootenay Wildlife Association (EKWA) supports East Kootenay Fish, Wildlife and Outdoor Resources. The EKWA was formed so that locals would have a say in decisions made about land use, hunting and fishing regulations, access management, and habitat enhancement opportunities as well as stewardship opportunities and offering a safe place for locals to practice shooting. They are a Club under the Association of East Kootenay Rod and Gun Clubs which includes: • Canal Flats Wilderness Club • Elkford Rod and Gun Club • Golden and District Rod and Gun Club • Lake Windermere Rod and Gun Club • Sparwood Rod and Gun Club • Associate Clubs-E.K. Big Game trophy Competition Club /Kootenay Wildlife Heritage Fund
Conservation Neighbourhood Kootenay Lake
Focuses Citizen ScienceEcosystem Restoration/EnhancementEducation/OutreachWaterWildlife/Fish Conservation

Our Mission

To strive for the protection and assist, in cooperation with ministries of wildlife, fisheries and conservation, in the remediation of all rivers, creeks, streams and lakes on the Eastshore that is a tributary to the Kootenay Lake.

Our Vision

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About Us

The Eastshore Freshwater Habitat Society focuses on the East shore of Kootenay Lake from Murphy Creek north to Drewry Point. To achieve their mission, the Eastshore Freshwater Habitat Society will use educate and engage community members to adopt responsible angling methods. Their first major project is to reintroduce Kokanee back in to the east side of Kootenay Lake water tributaries.

Elk River Alliance

Non-Profit Organization
Conservation Neighbourhood Elk Valley
Focuses Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration/EnhancementEducation/OutreachWater quality/quantity monitoringWatershed Planning

Our Mission

To connect people to the Elk River ensuring it is drinkable, fishable and swimmable for future generations.

Our Vision

A place where well-managed human activities result in healthy ecosystems and a robust economy.

About Us

ERA is an organization that 1) stimulates conversation, shares information and facilitates community input to encourage sustainable water decision-making in the Elk Valley; 2) Promote thinking like a watershed by coordinating a community voice to contribute to watershed planning and management activities, regulatory processes and other regional water initiatives; 3) Bring together diverse points of view and offer a safe place to dialogue about the Elk River; 4) Unite not divide. The ERA uses education to raise our collective watershed literacy stimulating person water stewardship; facilitates community dialogue and engagement to inform sustainable water decision-making; and monitors to assess aquatic health and prioritize community involvement in activities that enhance and restore aquatic ecosystems.

Elkford Rod and Gun Club

Fish and Wildlife Association
Conservation Neighbourhood Elk Valley

Our Mission

To protect, enhance and promote the wise use of the environment for the benefit of present and future generations.

Our Vision

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About Us

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Conservation Neighbourhood Columbia ValleyCreston-PurcellsDuncan-Trout LakeElk ValleyGoldenKootenay LakeKootenay Lake West ArmLower ArrowLower Columbia RiverSlocan ValleySouth CountrySouth Selkirks-SalmoUpper ArrowUpper Kootenay River Valley
Focuses Land ConservationLand ManagementPolicy/RegulationSpecies-at-RiskWildlife/Fish Conservation

Our Mission

Preserve and enhance the quality of the natural environment, including water, air, soil, flora and fauna; and conserve Canada's renewable resources.

Our Vision

Canada's natural environment is conserved and restored for present and future generations.

About Us

The Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) is a branch of Environment and Climate Change Canada. Wildlife management in Canada is constitutionally a shared responsibility among the federal and provincial / territorial and aboriginal governments. CWS works closely with these governments on a wide variety of wildlife issues. CWS maintains facilities in most Canadian provinces and territories. Its core areas of responsibility are the protection and management of migratory birds and their nationally important habitats and recovery and protection of species at risk. They also work to control international and interprovincial trade in endangered species, implement provisions of international wildlife related treaties and agreements domestically, and manage federally protected areas federal (e.g., National Wildlife Areas established under the Canada Wildlife Act, and Migratory Bird Sanctuaries established under the Migratory Bird Convention Act).

Fernie Rod & Gun Club

Fish and Wildlife Association
Conservation Neighbourhood Elk Valley
Focuses Education/OutreachLand ConservationWildlife/Fish ConservationYouth Programs and Activities

Our Mission

To enhance and maintain an environment in which populations of wildlife can thrive, and to preserve and promote the sports of shooting, archery, hunting, and fishing, and enhancement of wildlife habitat.

Our Vision

A region where people protect and conserve fish and wildlife stocks, which in turn fosters a sporting life of hunters and anglers

About Us

The Fernie Rod and Gun Club is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the sports of shooting, archery, hunting, and fishing this includes, the enhancement of wildlife habitat. The club seeks to maximize hunting and fishing opportunities while encouraging a healthy and sustainable environment. The Fernie Rod and Gun Club is BC's oldest organization of its kind and continues to have a proud membership of men, women and their families representing a broad cross section of the community.
Conservation Neighbourhood Columbia ValleyCreston-PurcellsDuncan-Trout LakeElk ValleyGoldenKootenay LakeKootenay Lake West ArmLower ArrowLower Columbia RiverSlocan ValleySouth CountrySouth Selkirks-SalmoUpper ArrowUpper Kootenay River Valley
Focuses Coordination and CommunicationEcosystem Restoration/EnhancementLand ConservationLand ManagementSpecies-at-RiskWildlife/Fish Conservation

Our Mission

To fund projects that help conserve and enhance fish and wildlife in watersheds that have been impacted by BC Hydro dams.

Our Vision

Thriving fish and wildlife populations in watersheds that are functioning and sustainable.

About Us

The Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) in the Columbia Region is a partnership between BC Hydro, the Province of B.C., First Nations, and the Public, to conserve and enhance fish and wildlife. The FWCP was established to offset the impacts to fish and wildlife resulting from construction of BC Hydro dams in the Columbia Basin. It also operates in the Peace and Coastal regions of the province. Since 1995 the FWCP in the Columbia Region has invested more than $90 million in fish and wildlife projects. Almost one-third of FWCP projects focus on species-at-risk. FWCP works with a wide range of partners including First Nations, local community and environmental groups, as well as industrial partners.
Conservation Neighbourhood Creston-PurcellsKootenay LakeKootenay Lake West Arm
Focuses Citizen ScienceEcosystem Restoration/EnhancementEducation/OutreachWaterYouth Programs and Activities

Our Mission

To improve the health and stewardship of Kootenay Lake through monitoring, habitat restoration, capacity building and the empowerment of local communities and stakeholders in order to sustain a healthy Kootenay Lake for future generations.

Our Vision

To protect the fish and wildlife habitat of Kootenay Lake while supporting economic, recreation, and traditional uses.

About Us

Established in 2012, the Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society (FOKLSS) is a stewardship group dedicated to giving community members the tools they need to protect their own water resources. FOKLSS’s initiatives include: Lake Education – Hosting annual Lake Summit, Lake Keeper Workshops, hosting an outreach booth at markets and festivals, sharing info on best practices for living on the shoreline; Lake Governance – Working with the Kootenay Lake Partnership on a lake planning initiative, promotes regional watershed governance through participation in the Columbia Basin Watershed Network as well as the Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Council’s Aquatic Working Group; Shoreline Restoration – Working with the Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Council to host an annual Earth Day shoreline restoration event. Planning a 2014 wetland restoration project in Harrop. In fall 2014 we are planning to conduct shoreline cleanup’s around Kootenay Lake as part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up; Lake Watchers Program – Engaging community members to conduct Water quality monitoring, wildlife tree surveys, and raptor nest and brood count surveys.
Conservation Neighbourhood Columbia ValleySouth Selkirks-Salmo
Focuses Education/OutreachInventoryLand ConservationLand ManagementMapping

Our Mission

To protect, appreciate, educate and understand the cultural and natural history of Kootenay National Park and its surrounding ecosystem, the Columbia River Valley.

Our Vision

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About Us

Events and activities the Friends have supported through the years include Junior Naturalist Program, Wild Voices Speaker Series, Sponsor a Bighorn Program, Knapweed Pull, Head Banger Trail Challenge Fund Raiser, Headbanger tours and Heritage Teas. The Friends of Kootenay National Park has a Research Database which contains over 600 references on research and monitoring in Kootenay National Park. It can be searched by author, subject or any key word and download digital copies of the reports where available: www.friendsofkootenay.ca/research-database The Friends of Kootenay Blog (www.friendsofkootenay.ca/blog) provides stories and photos about the natural and human history of Kootenay National Park and Columbia Valley Includes highlights about the Friends of Kootenay National Park activities and programs.
Conservation Neighbourhood Duncan-Trout Lake
Focuses Ecosystem Restoration/EnhancementLandscape ConnectivityWaterWildlife/Fish Conservation

Our Mission

To help protect and care for the Lardeau River corridor.

Our Vision

To obtain protection status for vital and crucial fish & wildlife habitats along the Lardeau River corridor.

About Us

The Friends of Lardeau River’s key focus is in obtaining protection status for vital and crucial fish & wildlife habitats along the Lardeau River corridor. The Lardeau River with its crucial natural habitats is widely regarded as a significant wildlife refuge and landscape linkage. In terms of its fisheries values alone, the Lardeau River is internationally significant with respect to the spawning run of the Gerrard Rainbow Trout and important for Kokanee, Bull Trout and Mountain Whitefish. It is also a major feeding area for the Grizzly Bear, numerous Golden and Bald Eagles, Great Blue Herons, Osprey, Marsh Hawks and Owls. It is a crucial den area for Cougar and a critical migration corridor for Waterfowl, Grizzly Bear, Wolverine, Elk, Whitetail and Mule Deer, Moose, Caribou and so many other wildlife species.
Conservation Neighbourhood Columbia ValleyElk ValleyGoldenSouth CountryUpper Kootenay River Valley
Focuses Education/OutreachInventoryLand ConservationLand ManagementMapping

Our Mission

The Grasslands Conservation Council of British Columbia’s (GCC) mission is to: • foster greater understanding and appreciation for the ecological, social, economic and cultural importance of the grasslands throughout BC • promote stewardship and sustainable management practices that will ensure the long-term health of BC’s grasslands • promote the conservation of representative grassland ecosystems, species at risk and their habitats

Our Vision

Working collaboratively to build a better understanding of the value of the province’s grasslands and to provide methods and tools to better care for them. We pursue a vision of healthy and life-sustaining grasslands in BC for current and future generations.

About Us

The GCC is dedicated to the stewardship and conservation of the rare and beautiful grasslands of our province. Their mandate is to: • increase awareness and appreciation for BC's rare and beautiful grassland ecosystems; • work with land managers to achieve sustainable management practices • protect the grasslands against threats from a number of sources • implement proactive projects that will ensure the conservation and stewardship of BC's grasslands
Conservation Neighbourhood Creston-PurcellsDuncan-Trout LakeKootenay LakeKootenay Lake West ArmLower ArrowLower Columbia RiverSlocan ValleySouth Selkirks-SalmoUpper Arrow
Focuses Education/OutreachLand ConservationPlanningWildlife/Fish Conservation

Our Mission

Operating with the understanding that livestock mortality or property/crop damage perpetuates intolerance to grizzly bear presence, Grizzly Bear Coexistence Solutions provides grizzly bear safety and electric fencing workshops, public outreach, and a cost share with residents on electric fencing to protect livestock and crops from bears.

Our Vision

Grizzly Bear Coexistence Solutions (GBCS) is helping recovery efforts of grizzly bear populations in the south and west arm of Kootenay Lake by working to improve human-grizzly bear coexistence through education, collaboration, and the use of practical tools. GBCS also works to prevent grizzly bear conflicts in the North Arm, specifically in the area near Meadow Creek Spawning Channel.

About Us

Grizzly Bear Solutions is partnered with the Transborder Grizzly Bear Project and is financially supported by the Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund, Columbia Basin Trust and Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation. The project works with the COS, local governments, and various local conservation, environmental and agricultural groups.
Conservation Neighbourhood Columbia Valley
Focuses Citizen ScienceClimate ChangeEcosystem Restoration/EnhancementEducation/OutreachEnvironmental MonitoringWildlife/Fish ConservationYouth Programs and Activities

Our Mission

To promote community sustainability through education and by the advancement of innovative projects that result in health for people, the environment and the economy.

Our Vision

To inspire hope and action towards healthy communities.

About Us

In 2000, the Columbia Valley Botanical Gardens (CVBG) was formed and focused on the development of community and school gardens in the communities of the Upper Columbia Region. The CVBG sought to develop plant collections and gardens that protected plant species and presented them to people to advance our understanding of values associated with biodiversity, spiritual, educational and economic value – essentially show how plants are an integral part of human survival and quality of all life on earth. Today, the CVBG is now Groundswell Network Society and has broadened their scope to include all areas of human activity as it affects our sustainable future. Renewable energy, water, food, plants, green transportation, local economic development; these are just a few of the areas Groundswell delivers successful community focused projects. In reality, all of these projects relate to the living world of which plants are a vital component. Current initiatives include: running the Community Greenhouse, developing community and school gardens, and delivering sustainability related workshops, programs and events.
Conservation Neighbourhood Columbia ValleyCreston-PurcellsDuncan-Trout LakeElk ValleyGoldenKootenay LakeKootenay Lake West ArmLower ArrowLower Columbia RiverSlocan ValleySouth CountrySouth Selkirks-SalmoUpper ArrowUpper Kootenay River Valley
Focuses Citizen ScienceEducation/OutreachSpecies-at-RiskWildlife/Fish Conservation

Our Mission

To raise awareness about bats in southeastern BC and work with local residents who have bats in buildings.

Our Vision

To promote the conservation of bats in the Kootenay region, including species-at-risk and those at risk for White Nose Syndrome.

About Us

The Kootenay Community Bat Project (KCBP) was established in 2004 to raise awareness about bats in southeastern BC and work with local residents who have bats in buildings. The KCBP provided the first recorded inventory of bats in the Slocan Valley and the first community-based bat inventory and conservation project in BC. To date, the project has conducted almost 400 site visits and identified over 300 roost sites for 8 species of bats. The success of identifying roost sites for species at risk and the enthusiasm of residents to report their bats, conserve their roost sites or consider sensitive methods for removing bats from their homes continues to drive the success of this project.
Conservation Neighbourhood Columbia ValleyCreston-PurcellsDuncan-Trout LakeElk ValleyGoldenKootenay LakeKootenay Lake West ArmLower ArrowLower Columbia RiverSlocan ValleySouth CountrySouth Selkirks-SalmoUpper ArrowUpper Kootenay River Valley
Focuses Coordination and CommunicationEcosystem Restoration/EnhancementLandscape ConnectivityWetland ConservationWildlife/Fish Conservation

Our Mission

To help coordinate and facilitate conservation efforts on private land, and increase the capacity of partners by improving access to financial and technical resources for project implementation.

Our Vision

The KCP envisions vibrant communities that demonstrate the principles of environmental stewardship that can in turn support economic and social well-being.

About Us

The Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) is a broad partnership of land and water conservation and stewardship groups, government agencies, resource industries, and agricultural producers working throughout the East and West Kootenays. The partnership seeks to cooperatively conserve the biological diversity and naturally functioning ecosystems of the region while providing mutual project support and leveraging technical and financial resources.
Conservation Neighbourhood Creston-PurcellsDuncan-Trout LakeKootenay LakeKootenay Lake West ArmSouth Selkirks-Salmo
Focuses Coordination and CommunicationEducation/OutreachEnvironmental MonitoringWaterWildlife/Fish Conservation

Our Mission

To develop integrated and collaborative approaches to lake management planning which will allow for a healthy and productive lake, with balanced land and water uses that support and sustain environmental, community, recreational, aboriginal, cultural, traditional and aesthetic values.

Our Vision

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About Us

The Kootenay Lake Partnership (KLP) was formed in 2010 to address the increasing growth and development pressures of people desiring to live on or near Kootenay Lake. As a result, several agencies including local governments and First Nations joined and developed a strategic Terms of Reference to collaborate on lake management planning. The geographic scope of the KLP is from the mouth of the Kootenay River, including the main body of the lake (North and South Arms), up to the mouth of the Duncan River and down the West Arm to the Corra Linn dam. The scope also includes the foreshore and upland components 100 metres inland or to a logical physical break (i.e. highway or rail line). In order to fulfill its mandate, the KLP has completed a three-part lake study including preliminary foreshore inventory mapping (FIM) followed by an aquatic habitat index (AHI), archaeological overview assessment (AOA) and cultural values study which fed into a Shorelines Guidance document for the lake. The Guidance document identifies ecologically significant areas such as wetlands, tributary outlets, native grasslands, wildlife habitat and corridors, biologically producing areas and critical areas for fish and species at risk. The document identifies sites of cultural significance for the Ktunaxa First Nation such as traditional and contemporary use areas. The study has led to an improved scientific knowledge of lake processes and form a baseline for improved decision-making.
Conservation Neighbourhood Slocan Valley
Focuses Education/OutreachLand ConservationWildlife/Fish Conservation

Our Mission

To protect and steward our natural heritage.

Our Vision

Sustainable environment management.

About Us

The Kootenay Land Trust (KLT) is a small group engaged primarily in protecting property using covenants as a conservation tool. We consult with private property owners to assist in developing covenants for their particular property and their wishes. KLT also holds covenants on two properties in Winlaw in the West Kootenays. One is 160 acres with a blanket conservation covenant that prohibits subdivision but does allow a non-profit housing coop to build a limited number of small residences on the property. The covenants are aimed at preserving the forest and it inhabitants in perpetuity. Another, smaller property covenants provide similar protection while allowing a 'growth' centre to use the property in a limited way.
Conservation Neighbourhood Columbia ValleyCreston-PurcellsDuncan-Trout LakeElk ValleyGoldenKootenay LakeKootenay Lake West ArmLower ArrowLower Columbia RiverSlocan ValleySouth CountrySouth Selkirks-SalmoUpper ArrowUpper Kootenay River Valley
Focuses AgricultureEcosystem Restoration/EnhancementLand ConservationLand Management

Our Mission

Our mission is to maintain a healthy livestock industry that provides quality meat products to consumers and is guided by strong volunteer membership, environmental stewardship, respect for stakeholders and excellent business practices.

Our Vision

Promote, encourage, develop and protect the livestock industry in BC. Represent the producers of livestock in all matters in which they are generally interested. Work with associations, societies and organizations having objectives similar to those of the BCCA. Work with Federal and Provincial governments to ensure the enactment of necessary legislation; the enforcement thereof and the improvement of transportation and market conditions in connection with the industry. Be proactive on livestock issues relating to the public and the government. Enhance strategic alliances within the meat industry and maintain a credible, broad-based livestock organization.

About Us

The Kootenay Livestock Association is a local association of the B.C. Cattlemen’s Association. The purpose of the B.C. Cattlemen's Association is to promote, encourage, protect and develop the livestock industry in British Columbia, in an environmentally responsible manner. Although times have changed since 1929, the BCCA's direction remains the same: To maintain and strengthen the sustainability of the BC meat industry.
Conservation Neighbourhood Creston-PurcellsDuncan-Trout LakeKootenay LakeKootenay Lake West ArmLower ArrowLower Columbia RiverSlocan ValleySouth Selkirks-SalmoUpper Arrow
Focuses Citizen ScienceEcosystem Restoration/EnhancementEducation/OutreachInvasive Species ManagementSpecies-at-Risk

Our Mission

To promote knowledge, appreciation, conservation and restoration of West Kootenay native plants and natural habitats through education, research, and on-the-ground activities.

Our Vision

We seek to foster an understanding and appreciation of our native plants and to preserve their diversity for future generations.

About Us

The Kootenay Native Plant Society (KNPS) believes that learning about our native plants fosters an understanding, appreciation and respect for British Columbia’s biodiversity and culture. Their initiatives include: 1. The Kootenay Camas Project which seeks to engage the public in making observations and collecting and recording data about camas populations in the Kootenays. The purpose of the project is to increase knowledge about the health and status of camas meadows, to identify opportunities for stewardship, and to promote awareness of this important natural and heritage resource. 2. The Native Plants for Native Pollinators project partners with J. L. Crowe Secondary School and Green Team, Mt Sentinel Secondary School, Twin Rivers Elementary/Castlegar Primary, Teck Metals and Columbia Basin Environmental Educator Network. Through school-based programming and public outreach activities, residents will learn of the importance of native pollinators.
Conservation Neighbourhood Columbia Valley
Focuses Citizen ScienceEducation/OutreachEnvironmental MonitoringWater

Our Mission

Through collaboration of representatives of key community sectors, the Lake Windermere Ambassadors will serve as a resource for future projects benefiting the health of Lake Windermere.

Our Vision

An ecologically healthy Lake Windermere with balanced management approaches that support recreation and traditional uses, high fish and wildlife values, and economic prosperity in the region.

About Us

The Lake Windermere Ambassadors (LWA) are a group of committed citizens whose mandate is the protection of Lake Windermere, British Columbia. The Ambassadors have a vision of an ecologically healthy Lake Windermere with balanced management approaches that support recreation and traditional uses, high fish and wildlife values, and economic prosperity in the region. The Ambassadors’ activities are directed by people representing key community sectors including: business, government, First Nations, recreation, second homeowners, local residents, youth and non-government organizations. The LWA are currently directing lake water quality monitoring and conducting education and stewardship programs. They also encourage the implementation of policies & guidelines in the Lake Windermere Management Plan.
Conservation Neighbourhood Columbia Valley
Focuses Ecosystem Restoration/EnhancementLandscape ConnectivitySpecies-at-RiskWildlife/Fish Conservation

Our Mission

The Club is a conservation-minded organization dedicated to the preservation of our natural environment and the promotional of outdoor recreation activities.

Our Vision

Do not destroy what you have not the power to replace. This has been in place since 1919.

About Us

The Lake Windermere District Rod and Gun Club is based in Invermere, BC and serving all of the Columbia Valley. They have been in operation more than 95 years and has over 200 members. The LWRGC offer an amazing variety of programs and facilities for adults and children, including angling, archery, air rifle, and trap as well as a range facility for small and large firearms. The Club is an active participant in community activities and they contribute to the betterment of everyone through such activities as: • Scholarships • Ungulate and fishery habitat improvement • Construction and placement of nesting boxes • Protection of blue heron rookeries • Picnic/camping site maintenance • Noxious weed control • Children and novice archery instruction • Children’s air rifle program • Promote various recreational activities
Conservation Neighbourhood Columbia ValleyCreston-PurcellsDuncan-Trout LakeElk ValleyGoldenKootenay LakeKootenay Lake West ArmLower ArrowLower Columbia RiverSlocan ValleySouth CountrySouth Selkirks-SalmoUpper ArrowUpper Kootenay River Valley
Focuses Citizen ScienceEcosystem Restoration/EnhancementEducation/OutreachWater policyWater quality/quantity monitoring

Our Mission

To maintain a national network to protect, restore and rehabilitate the health of lakes, wetlands, rivers, other water bodies, and watersheds in Canada.

Our Vision

To empower people to take care of the water they depend on.

About Us

In 2010, with the participation of Global Nature Fund and the Lake Winnipeg Foundation, Wildsight launched Living Lakes Canada (LLC). Living Lakes Canada is a joint initiative of Wildsight, Global Nature Fund, and Lake Winnipeg Foundation that focuses on empowering ordinary people to take care of the water they depend on. We train stewardship groups in the Columbia Basin and beyond to monitor the water in their beloved lakes, rivers and streams, we connect their data to academic research and use it to form recommendations to guide policy. LLC is part of Living Lakes International, a global network of non-government associations. Through the LLC network, organizations connect to collaborate in the monitoring, protection, restoration and policy development for long-term protection of Canada’s water bodies.
Conservation Neighbourhood Upper Kootenay River Valley
Focuses Citizen ScienceEducation/OutreachEnvironmental MonitoringWaterYouth Programs and Activities

Our Mission

To educate and heighten awareness on water related issues and solutions relying upon the use of sound science.

Our Vision

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About Us

Mainstreams’ activities strive to encourage and facilitate informed choices of watershed stewardship, management and governance within the Columbia River Basin, for the benefit of all inhabitants. Projects include: Water Education, Water Monitoring, Habitat Restoration Projects.
Conservation Neighbourhood Columbia ValleyCreston-PurcellsDuncan-Trout LakeElk ValleyGoldenKootenay LakeKootenay Lake West ArmLower ArrowLower Columbia RiverSlocan ValleySouth CountrySouth Selkirks-SalmoUpper ArrowUpper Kootenay River Valley
Focuses AgricultureEducation/OutreachLand ManagementPlanningPolicy/Regulation

Our Mission

Cultivate a competitive and socially responsible Agri-foods sector.

Our Vision

An innovative, adaptive and globally competitive Agri-foods sector valued by all British Columbians.

About Us

The Ministry of Agriculture supports an innovative, adaptive, globally competitive and socially and environmentally responsible agrifoods sector valued by all British Columbians. The Ministry’s support of healthy and safe agrifood and seafood production and post-production processing provides new and value-added products for domestic and international markets, contributing to B.C. jobs and the economy as well as to diversified rural communities. The Ministry champions the agrifoods sector by: • Supporting practices that promote adaptable, sustainable and competitive agrifoods production; • Ensuring, in partnership with the Ministry of Health and the Federal Government, a regulatory system that promotes animal and plant health and food safety; • Delivering programs to stabilize farm incomes when threatened by circumstances beyond farmers’ control to ensure continued long-term production; • Providing guidance and funding to the sector to increase market development; • Supporting the agricultural industry’s contribution to the green economy; • Working with other ministries, federal partners and other governments, stakeholders and industry to ensure sustainable marine fisheries; and • Working to balance urban / agricultural interests.
Conservation Neighbourhood Columbia ValleyCreston-PurcellsDuncan-Trout LakeElk ValleyGoldenKootenay LakeKootenay Lake West ArmLower ArrowLower Columbia RiverSlocan ValleySouth CountrySouth Selkirks-SalmoUpper ArrowUpper Kootenay River Valley
Focuses Ecosystem Restoration/EnhancementEnvironmental MonitoringLand ManagementPlanningPolicy/Regulation

Our Mission

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Our Vision

Economic prosperity and environmental sustainability.

About Us

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) delivers integrated natural resource management services for British Columbians. It is the main agency responsible for establishing the conditions for access to and use of the province’s forest, land and natural resources. The Ministry incorporates forests and lands policy development with operational resource management while supporting strategic work in all areas of the natural resource sector. This policy alignment and streamlining of operations in delivering services enables effective stewardship and sustainable management of B.C.’s land base for a variety of uses. Working with stakeholders, the Ministry develops policies, programs and legislation to promote industry competitiveness, and encourage investment in and development of natural resources. It also ensures that ministry activities support sustainable development and protect the public’s interest in these resources. The Ministry auctions Crown timber to support the timber pricing system through BC Timber Sales. This includes preparing forest stewardship plans and logging plans; developing timber sale licences; constructing and maintaining logging roads and bridges; undertaking silviculture and forest protection treatments; and ensuring the work is carried out in a safe manner. The Ministry holds the legislative authority for provincial permitting and licensing activities which are facilitated through its coordinated, “one-window” service at FrontCounter BC offices throughout the province.
Conservation Neighbourhood Columbia ValleyCreston-PurcellsDuncan-Trout LakeElk ValleyGoldenKootenay LakeKootenay Lake West ArmLower ArrowLower Columbia RiverSlocan ValleySouth CountrySouth Selkirks-SalmoUpper ArrowUpper Kootenay River Valley
Focuses Ecosystem Restoration/EnhancementLand ConservationLand ManagementLandscape Connectivity

Our Mission

To lead, innovate and use creativity in the conservation of Canada's natural heritage; and to secure important natural areas through their purchase, donation or other mechanisms, and then manages these properties for the long term.

Our Vision

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) protects areas of natural diversity for their intrinsic value and for the benefit of our children and those after them.

About Us

NCC is Canada's leading national land conservation organization. A private, non-profit organization, they partner with individuals, corporations, other non-profit organizations and governments at all levels to protect our most important natural treasures — the natural areas that sustain Canada’s plants and wildlife. They secure properties (through donation, purchase, conservation agreement and the relinquishment of other legal interests in land) and manage them for the long term. Since 1962, NCC and our partners have helped to conserve more than 2.6 million acres (1 million hectares) of ecologically significant land from coast to coast.

Nelson Rod & Gun Club

Fish and Wildlife Association
Conservation Neighbourhood Kootenay Lake West Arm
Focuses Ecosystem Restoration/EnhancementWildlife/Fish Conservation

Our Mission

To promote conservation of the wildlife, scenic and outdoor recreational resources and the land and water base on which they depend.

Our Vision

The highest possible quality of environment for all to benefit.

About Us

The club has been an active participant in the pursuit of its goal with involvement in projects such as: enhancement Projects for Fish and Wildlife; securing Habitat for Fish and Wildlife; educational workshops and programs for youth and new participants in Wildlife and Outdoor related activities; feeding Wildlife programs as required; donations to several like-minded organizations.
Conservation Neighbourhood Columbia ValleyGolden
Focuses Ecosystem Restoration/EnhancementEducation/OutreachEnvironmental MonitoringSpecies-at-Risk

Our Mission

On behalf of the people of Canada, to protect and present nationally significant natural and cultural heritage, and foster public understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment in ways that ensure their ecological and commemorative integrity for present and future generations.

Our Vision

Canada’s treasured natural and historic places will be a living legacy, connecting hearts and minds to a stronger, deeper understanding of the very essence of Canada.

About Us

The Parks Canada Agency protects and presents nationally significant examples of Canada’s natural and cultural heritage, and fosters public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment in ways that ensure the ecological and commemorative integrity of these places for present and future generations. National parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas, of which Parks Canada is the proud steward, offer to Canadians the opportunity to live meaningful experiences and to personally connect with these heritage places. In carrying out its responsibilities, Parks Canada works in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, stakeholders and neighbouring communities. Parks Canada manages protected areas including: forty-four National Parks (including seven National Park Reserves), four National Marine Conservation Areas, one National Landmark, and 167 National Historic Sites of Canada
Conservation Neighbourhood Creston-PurcellsDuncan-Trout LakeKootenay LakeKootenay Lake West ArmLower ArrowLower Columbia RiverSlocan ValleySouth Selkirks-SalmoUpper Arrow
Focuses Land ManagementPlanningPolicy/RegulationWater

Our Mission

The mission of the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) is to provide area residents and communities with services, governance and representation in a manner that supports the economic, social and environmental goals of the region.

Our Vision

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About Us

Regional districts can provide a broad range of services, with the exception of roads and policing. The choice of services is determined by the regional board but only with the approval of the electors. The scope of services therefore varies with each regional district. Unlike municipalities, regional districts are required to match the benefits and costs of its services to the people who benefit from the services. Costs are recovered by taxing those who benefit from the services – in other words, residents pay for what they get. The RDCK provides over 160 services to taxpayers including such services as fire protection, animal and insect control, refuse, recreation, community sustainability and community recreation. In November 2015, electors from Regional District of Central Kootenay (“RDCK”) Electoral Areas A, D and E, (collectively referred to as “the participating areas”) voted to establish the Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund (“the Fund”). The Service Establishment Bylaw was subsequently adopted by the RDCK Board of Directors. Under this Bylaw, from 2015 to 2024, property owners in the participating areas pay a parcel tax of $15 per parcel per year towards a dedicated fund for conservation projects in the service area.
Conservation Neighbourhood Columbia ValleyElk ValleySouth CountryUpper Kootenay River Valley
Focuses Education/OutreachInvasive Species ManagementLand ManagementPlanningPolicy/Regulation

Our Mission

Through effective service, our organization exists to maintain and enhance the economic, physical, technological, social and environmental quality of life in the East Kootenay region.

Our Vision

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About Us

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) is one of 28 regional districts formed by the Province of British Columbia to provide local government services to unincorporated areas. The RDEK functions as a partnership of the municipalities and electoral areas (unincorporated areas) within its boundaries. These local governments work together through the RDEK to provide and coordinate services in both urban and rural areas. Services include: • Building & Protective Services – building inspections, rural fire protection, emergency services, bylaw compliance and enforcement. • Engineering Services – water and waste water utilities, water resources – dike, dam and bank protection (Lake Baptiste Dam, Cold Spring Creek bank protection, Fairmont Creek Bank Protection, West Fernie Dike System, Water control structures at Tie Lake, Rosen Lake, and Lazy Lake), and Geographic Information Systems. • Environmental Services - invasive plant education, coordination, landowner support and compliance and enforcement activities. Solid waste management and recycling, recreation facilities, parks and trails, mosquito control, Elk Valley Regional Airport. • Planning & Development Services – land use planning, development applications (ALR applications, bylaw amendments), floodplain management, developing and maintaining regional profile, parks planning. • Administers CBT’s Community Initiatives and Affected Areas grant program and Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund.
Conservation Neighbourhood South Country
Focuses Ecosystem Restoration/EnhancementEducation/OutreachSpecies-at-RiskWildlife/Fish Conservation

Our Mission

To foster an awareness, appreciation and understanding of our natural environment, that it may be wisely used and maintained for future generations.

Our Vision

To know nature and keep it worth knowing.

About Us

The Rocky Mountain Naturalists is a Cranbrook/Kimberley Club under the umbrella of BC Nature, which represents more than 50 nature clubs throughout British Columbia. We participate in diverse outdoor activities in all seasons, including hiking, biking, canoeing, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing, all with the purpose of viewing and studying our natural world. One of our main projects is assisting with the stewardship of Elizabeth Lake in Cranbrook. We also conduct numerous bird surveys, including the Audubon Christmas Bird Counts in Cranbrook and Kimberley and friendly bird competitions such as the Winter Seekers Challenge and a Little Big Day.
Conservation Neighbourhood Columbia ValleyElk ValleyGoldenSouth CountryUpper Kootenay River Valley
Focuses Ecosystem Restoration/EnhancementEducation/OutreachLand ManagementSpecies-at-RiskWildlife/Fish Conservation

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.

About Us

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
Conservation Neighbourhood Columbia ValleyGoldenSouth CountryUpper Kootenay River Valley
Focuses Citizen ScienceEcosystem Restoration/EnhancementEducation/OutreachLand Management

Our Mission

To restore and conserve grasslands and open forest ecosystems in the Rocky Mountain Trench of southeastern British Columbia.

Our Vision

A restored Trench landscape functioning at its ecological potential 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.

About Us

The Trench Society coalition was formed as a vehicle for public stewardship of the low-elevation dry forests and grasslands of the Rocky Mountain Trench. Their area of interest is the portion of the Canadian Southern Rocky Mountain Trench, from Radium Hot Springs to the US border, which is classified as a fire-maintained ecosystem.
Conservation Neighbourhood South Selkirks-Salmo
Focuses Ecosystem Restoration/EnhancementEnvironmental Research Monitoring EducationGreen EconomicsRestoration/EnhancementWildlife/Fish Conservation

Our Mission

To protect and steward the Salmo River watershed to ensure it is clean and healthy, and to increase our connection with the ecology and rich cultural heritage of the Salmo River watershed within the Columbia River Basin.

Our Vision

To see a Columbia Basin Culture that admires and respects Natural Systems, understands Stewardship Ethics, Values and Principles and employs Adaptive Ecosystem-based Management approaches to benefit long term human and Natural Health.

About Us

In response to interest shown in the Salmo River during a Forestry Transition Strategy meeting held in Salmo, BC in 1997, the Salmo Watershed Streamkeepers Society was formed. The purpose of the Salmo Watershed Streamkeepers Society’s is to: • Protect and restore streams, streambeds and riparian zones that foster stream dependent biodiversity. We will do so in an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable way, giving residents and visitors alike access to a healthy watershed. • Form collaborative partnerships with private landowners, public agencies, private forestry operations, as well as First Nations, industry and other interested and active groups. • Recruit, train and coordinate an informed, courteous, safety oriented volunteer group to carry out stewardship principles in our watershed. • Promote healthy watershed principles to the public, school groups and others. • Faithfully collect, record and monitor data concerning water quality, flows, invertebrates, fish and other water bound life. • Share our knowledge equally with all.

Selkirk College (SC)

Educational Institution
Conservation Neighbourhood Lower Arrow
Focuses Citizen ScienceEducation/OutreachGISLeadership DevelopmentSpecies-at-Risk

Our Mission

Selkirk College inspires lifelong learning, transforms lives through education and training, and serves our communities.

Our Vision

Selkirk College is a learner-centred college that provides educational experiences and pathways to prepare students for work, further education, service, and lifelong learning. Their vision is to make learning authentic, inspiring, rewarding and relevant to students, the region, and the world.

About Us

Selkirk College is not only BC’s oldest regional college but the first created through a community referendum. Selkirk is a leader in environmental sustainability and has implemented initiatives that improve campus life, surrounding communities and the health of the environment. The college is also home to the Regional Innovation Chair in Rural Economic Development, the Selkirk College Geospatial Research Centre (SGRC), the Rural Development Institute (in partnership with Columbia Basin Trust) and the MIR Centre for Peace. Selkirk offers an array of programs including programs in aviation, business, environment and geomatics, health, hospitality and tourism, human services, industry and trades training, cosmetology, the arts, and University arts and sciences. Applied research and innovation at Selkirk takes many forms. Projects that have value to the Kootenay Conservation Program include web mapping applications developed and hosted by the SGRC, including the Columbia Basin Biodiversity Atlas (www.biodiversityatlas.org). As well as being a key information resource for conservation, the BioAtlas also provides tools for citizen science.
Conservation Neighbourhood Creston-PurcellsDuncan-Trout LakeKootenay LakeKootenay Lake West ArmLower ArrowLower Columbia RiverSlocan ValleySouth Selkirks-SalmoUpper Arrow
Focuses Citizen ScienceEducation/OutreachGISLeadership DevelopmentSpecies-at-Risk

Our Mission

To focus on experiential, hands-on outdoor learning in our nationally-accredited environmental science programs. Selkirk College inspires lifelong learning, transforms lives through education and training, and serves our communities.

Our Vision

Selkirk College is a learner-centred college that provides educational experiences and pathways to prepare students for work, further education, service, and lifelong learning. Their vision is to make learning authentic, inspiring, rewarding and relevant to students, the region, and the world.

About Us

Selkirk College is not only BC’s oldest regional college but the first created through a community referendum. Selkirk is a leader in environmental sustainability and has implemented initiatives that improve campus life, surrounding communities and the health of the environment. The college is also home to the Regional Innovation Chair in Rural Economic Development, the Selkirk College Geospatial Research Centre (SGRC), the Rural Development Institute (in partnership with Columbia Basin Trust) and the MIR Centre for Peace. Selkirk offers an array of programs including programs in aviation, business, environment and geomatics, health, hospitality and tourism, human services, industry and trades training, cosmetology, the arts, and University arts and sciences. Applied research and innovation at Selkirk takes many forms. Projects that have value to the Kootenay Conservation Program include web mapping applications developed and hosted by the SGRC, including the Columbia Basin Biodiversity Atlas (www.biodiversityatlas.org). As well as being a key information resource for conservation, the BioAtlas also provides tools for citizen science.
Conservation Neighbourhood Slocan Valley
Focuses Citizen ScienceEducation/OutreachEnvironmental MonitoringWaterWildlife/Fish Conservation

Our Mission

To work in the community to protect the beauty, health and wonder of the magnificent Slocan Lake ecosystem for future generations.

Our Vision

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The Slocan Lake Stewardship Society (SLSS) is dedicated to protecting the beauty, health and wonder of the magnificent Slocan Lake ecosystem for future generations. We do this by investing in science that helps us learn how Slocan Lake and its surrounding ecosystems function, and what needs to be done to keep the system healthy; by developing useful, credible and accessible information that is publicly shared; and by working cooperatively with local communities and governments to set priorities for managing Slocan Lake and its environs in a manner that fosters collective responsibility.
Conservation Neighbourhood Slocan Valley
Focuses Citizen ScienceEcosystem Restoration/EnhancementEducation/OutreachEnvironmental MonitoringWater

Our Mission

To protect and restore the aquatic and riparian ecosystems of the Slocan River by promoting community stewardship through education, collaboration and action.

Our Vision

The protection and restoration of the streams, streambeds and riparian zones that foster biodiversity in the Slocan Valley Watershed.

About Us

The Slocan River Streamkeepers work to promote community stewardship through education, collaboration and action. We collect data that gives us information about local creeks and the river, do school field trips and presentations and restore river habitat The Streamkeepers and local high school students collect data and information that gives us important information about local creeks and the Slocan River. Streamkeepers give presentations, do field trips, explore and learn about aquatic life with elementary students. Streamkeepers partner with other watershed groups in the Kootenays to do basin wide monitoring. On the ground, we work locally, planting trees, building fences, restoring river habitat, and completing scientific assessments of the river and riparian areas.
Conservation Neighbourhood Slocan Valley
Focuses Citizen ScienceEcosystem Restoration/EnhancementResearchWaterWildlife/Fish Conservation

Our Mission

To assess, map, and monitor native wetlands in the Slocan Watershed; to prioritize resources for this work; and to share our findings in order to inform the protection and restoration activities of associated groups and governments.

Our Vision

To see healthy, intact functioning wetlands and riparian areas providing home to diverse species and providing natural processes throughout the Slocan Valley.

About Us

The Slocan Wetlands Assessment and Monitoring Project (SWAMP) is a collaboration of three societies, Slocan Solutions Society, Slocan River Streamkeepers Society and Slocan Lake Stewardship Society, working with the BC Wildlife Federation, the Columbia Basin Trust, Selkirk College, Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Committee, and the Regional District of Central Kootenay, to provide an integrated watershed approach to wetland understanding and management. We employ technical experts, train and utilize technicians and volunteers. The project area includes the full Slocan River watershed, from the Kootenay River at the south, to the watershed divide north of Summit Lake, including the villages of Slocan, New Denver, Winlaw and Silverton, and the numerous unincorporated communities in between such as Passmore, Slocan Park and Krestova. The long-term goal of SWAMP is to utilize existing mapping and inventory data as base layers and to develop a detailed and comprehensive habitat assessment of flora and fauna of the watershed. SWAMP is a multi-year initiative to establish a community based monitoring program to assess the abundance, distribution, and ecological integrity/function of wetlands and riparian habitat throughout the Slocan watershed.
Conservation Neighbourhood Elk Valley

Our Mission

To preserve and promote the sports of hunting and fishing, and to support the enhancement and conservation of wildlife habitat.

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Conservation Neighbourhood Columbia ValleyCreston-PurcellsDuncan-Trout LakeElk ValleyGoldenKootenay LakeKootenay Lake West ArmLower ArrowLower Columbia RiverSlocan ValleySouth CountrySouth Selkirks-SalmoUpper ArrowUpper Kootenay River Valley
Focuses Ecosystem Restoration/EnhancementLand ConservationLand ManagementWildlife/Fish Conservation

Our Mission

To conserve British Columbia's biological diversity through securement and management of ecologically significant land to ensure that the natural assets of British Columbia are protected and conserved for today, and for generations to come.

Our Vision

British Columbia’s rich and diverse natural habitats are conserved for future generations

About Us

TNTBC is a leading land conservation organization based in BC. They acquire ecologically significant land through purchase, donation, covenant and lease. TNT cared for this land in order to protect the natural diversity of wildlife and plants, and their critical habitats. TNT is a non-advocacy group that seeks a balance between sustaining our environment and sustaining our economy. Collaboration is a hallmark of TNTBC’s many years of working with local communities across our province. Since 1971, TNTBC along with their partners has invested more than $80 million to secure over 70,000 hectares (170,000 acres) of land. This includes over 23,000 hectares (56,000 acres) that is owned, leased or covenanted and over 47,000 hectares (116,000 acres) that is under grazing licenses for our Biodiversity Ranches in the Okanagan.
Conservation Neighbourhood Lower Columbia River
Focuses Education/OutreachLand ConservationLandscape ConnectivityWildlife/Fish Conservation

Our Mission

To work on projects that protect, enhance and promote the wise use of the environment for the benefit of present and future generations.

Our Vision

Focuses on the protection, enhancement and wise use of the environment for the benefit of present and future generations.

About Us

Since it was formed in 1925, the Trail Wildlife Association has focused on projects designed to enhance local fish and regional fish and wildlife populations including: • establish protected areas and foster sustainable land use policies • studies regarding animal migration and habitat, locally and throughout the Kootenays • assisting in establishing populations of game birds and animals - such as big horn sheep • landscape designed to enhance wildlife, such as controlled burns and planting initiatives • fisheries resource enhancement and policy advocacy • development of an active spawning channel for Rainbow Trout at Murphy Creek. The TWA's most significant land conservation initiative, as been its stewardship of the Fort Shepherd Conservancy Area, a 967 h. property along the west bank of the Columbia River, south of Trail, B.C. The site was acquired by the Land Conservancy of B.C. from Teck Ltd. in 2007 in order to protect its unique ecological and historic values. Our group manages the property, and is part of a stewardship council that plans administrative policy and restoration activities.
Conservation Neighbourhood Columbia ValleyCreston-PurcellsDuncan-Trout LakeElk ValleyGoldenKootenay LakeKootenay Lake West ArmLower ArrowLower Columbia RiverSlocan ValleySouth CountrySouth Selkirks-SalmoUpper ArrowUpper Kootenay River Valley
Focuses Land ConservationLandscape ConnectivityResearchWildlife/Fish Conservation

Our Mission

To carry out scientific research related to the conservation problems and solutions of the small fragmented grizzly bear population units in southeast B.C. Also to develop and implement conservation management plans derived from our science-based approach.

Our Vision

To recover and reconnect small fragmented grizzly bear populations in southeastern BC

About Us

We carry out scientific research about both the conservation issues and their solutions related to fragmented grizzly bear populations in southeast BC. We publish our results in the peer-reviewed scientific literature and work to develop and implement specific conservation management plans in an effort to solve those problems. Our research integrates genetic sampling and GPS telemetry. We study many facets of grizzly bear ecology and conservation including population estimation and trend, population fragmentation, linkage area identification and connectivity management, food resource mapping and management, human-caused mortality and its patterns and influences, habitat use and selection, habitat quality and security, human-bear conflict reduction and non-lethal bear management, and more. We are involved in several community-based conservation efforts including cost-share electric fencing programs, farmer and rancher working groups to minimize human-bear conflicts, a regional land conservation purchase program to enhance wildlife connectivity, and more.
Conservation Neighbourhood Creston-PurcellsDuncan-Trout LakeKootenay LakeKootenay Lake West ArmLower ArrowLower Columbia RiverSlocan ValleySouth Selkirks-SalmoUpper Arrow
Focuses Ecosystem Restoration/EnhancementEducation/OutreachSpecies-at-RiskWildlife/Fish Conservation

Our Mission

To work to preserve and promote this special place.

Our Vision

To know nature and keep it worth knowing.

About Us

The West Kootenay Naturalists is a Nelson Club under the umbrella of BC Nature, which represents over 52 nature clubs throughout British Columbia. The Kootenay area of our province, in a spectacular landscape setting, is home to many unique features with a broad spectrum of flora and fauna. There is something for everyone, whether you are new to the naturalist perspective or a seasoned veteran. We invite you to join us for hiking trips from easy to strenuous as we explore this abundant domain.
Conservation Neighbourhood Columbia ValleyCreston-PurcellsDuncan-Trout LakeElk ValleyGoldenKootenay LakeKootenay Lake West ArmLower ArrowLower Columbia RiverSlocan ValleySouth CountrySouth Selkirks-SalmoUpper ArrowUpper Kootenay River Valley
Focuses Citizen ScienceInventoryResearchSpecies-at-Risk

Our Mission

WCS safeguards wildlife and wild places in Canada through science, conservation action, and inspiring people to value nature.

Our Vision

WCS Canada envisions a world where wildlife thrives in healthy lands and seas, valued by societies that embrace and benefit from the diversity and integrity of life on Earth.

About Us

WCS Canada saves wildlife and wild places through science, action, education, and inspiration. Our scientists conduct comprehensive field studies and resolve conservation issues by working with people such as stakeholders, communities, conservation groups, and industry. In British Columbia and Alberta, our focus is on bat conservation. We have a program lead by Dr. Cori Lausen which focusses on citizen science, research and monitoring of bats. These actions comprise 3 WCSC projects: Alberta Community Bat Program, North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat), and BatCaver (BatCaver.org). And in the West Kootenay, WCSC will be playing an increasing role in administering the Kootenay Community Bat Program. Our research efforts are year-round. In winter, they are aimed largely at understanding hibernation ecology prior to the arrival of white-nose syndrome; we are also interested in characterizing microclimates selected by building roosting bats in summer, especially as it pertains to use and reproductive success in bat houses and other alternative human-made roosting structures.
Conservation Neighbourhood Duncan-Trout LakeKootenay Lake
Focuses Ecosystem Restoration/EnhancementLand ConservationLandscape ConnectivitySpecies-at-RiskWater/Wetland ConservationWetland ConservationWildlife/Fish Conservation

Our Mission

1. Coordinate and deliver a comprehensive fish and wildlife conservation strategy and habitat stewardship master plan for Lardeau River watershed. 2. Facilitate fish and wildlife inventories, studies. Enhancement and habitat restoration in the Lardeau River Basin Watersheds. 3. Identify the impacts of the Duncan Dam and assess the loss of biodiversity to flooding. 4. Network with conservation groups, communities, individuals, First Nations, youth, governments, agencies, politicians and industry to meet our vision of protection for the Lardeau River Basin and its biodiversity.

Our Vision

To protect the Lardeau River Basin and its biodiversity.

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Conservation Neighbourhood Columbia ValleyCreston-PurcellsDuncan-Trout LakeElk ValleyGoldenKootenay LakeKootenay Lake West ArmLower ArrowLower Columbia RiverSlocan ValleySouth CountrySouth Selkirks-SalmoUpper ArrowUpper Kootenay River Valley
Focuses Education/OutreachEnvironmental MonitoringLandscape ConnectivityWaterYouth Programs and Activities

Our Mission

Wildsight works to protect wildlife, water and wild places in Canada's Columbia and Rocky Mountain regions. Our education programs include Winter Wonder (K-3), Nature Through the Seasons (K-3), Classroom with Outdoors (4-7), Ecostewards (4-6), Go Wild (9-12), Columbia River Field School (10-12), Beyond Recycling (5-7) and Know Your Watershed (9).

Our Vision

The Columbia Mountains and Southern Rocky Mountain area has healthy, functioning ecosystems. A network of protected wild landscapes and watersheds provide for native plant, fish, and animal populations, and maintain healthy human communities.

About Us

Wildsight focuses on three core areas: the southern Canadian Rocky Mountains, upper Columbia River Valley, and the Columbia Mountains. Wildsight's program areas include conservation, water, climate adaptation solutions, sustainable communities, and school-based education. For over 25 years, Wildsight has been recognized as a leader in conservation, sustainable community initiatives, and environmental education. Some of our achievements include, the creation of the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy which is considered to be the largest intact ecosystem in southeastern BC, Ramsar designation for the Columbia Wetlands, and a ban on oil and gas exploration in the Flathead Valley. We received the 2005 Canadian Environmental Award for Conservation and our water stewardship work has been recognized by the federal government as a best practices example in community based ecological monitoring.
Conservation Neighbourhood Creston-Purcells
Focuses Education/OutreachLand ConservationLand ManagementWildlife/Fish Conservation

Our Mission

To work locally, regionally and globally to protect biodiversity and encourage sustainable communities in Canada's Columbia and Rocky Mountain regions.

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Conservation Neighbourhood Elk Valley
Focuses Education/Outreach

Our Mission

To work locally, regionally and globally to protect biodiversity and encourage sustainable communities in Canada's Columbia and Rocky Mountain regions.

Our Vision

A future in which nature and economy go hand in hand.

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Conservation Neighbourhood Golden
Focuses Citizen SciencePolicy/RegulationWetland ConservationWildlife/Fish Conservation

Our Mission

To support a resilient and vibrant Columbia Headwaters: healthy creeks, streams, rivers, and wetlands; teeming aquatic and terrestrial biodiversity; productive and diverse forests that support wildlife connectivity, recreation, and sustainable forestry; and clean air for all to breathe and share.

Our Vision

We envision a resilient and vibrant Columbia Headwaters: healthy creeks, streams, rivers, and wetlands; teeming aquatic and terrestrial biodiversity; productive and diverse forests that support wildlife connectivity, recreation, and sustainable forestry; and clean air for all to breathe and share. We envision a Golden community where people are engaged on important ecological issues and value wilderness conservation.

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Conservation Neighbourhood Columbia Valley
Focuses Education/OutreachWetland ConservationWildlife/Fish Conservation

Our Mission

The Invermere branch of Wildsight envisions a community where people value and protect wild spaces and embrace our interconnection with nature. Our primarily volunteer run non-profit organization reaches out to visitors and locals alike to inspire action and lead the way in conserving wild spaces and improving our relationship with nature.

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Conservation Neighbourhood Columbia Valley
Focuses AgricultureLand ManagementLandscape ConnectivityResearch

Our Mission

To promote home economics, public health, child welfare, education and better schools. Includes the Ecological Services Initiative to research and demonstrate a voluntary incentive-based model that encourages farmers to adopt Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs) for the maintenance and enhancement of ecological services under their management control.

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The Windermere District Farmers' Institute and Livestock Association (WDFI) represents the interest of the agricultural community from Canal Flats to Golden. The Windermere District Farmers Institute (WDFI) has been an important part of this region for the last 100 years. Agricultural lands play a crucial role in a functioning ecosystem. In 2010 the WDFI was instrumental in initiating the Columbia Valley Agricultural Plan which morphed into the East Kootenay Agricultural Plan. It is expected that this plan will have a significant impact on the conservation of the region because of the connection between agriculture and the regional ecosystem.
Conservation Neighbourhood Columbia Valley
Focuses Education/OutreachWetland ConservationWildlife/Fish ConservationYouth Programs and Activities

Our Mission

To foster immediate and long term positive action on behalf of birds, wildlife and habitat by utilizing and recognizing public education, research results, quality economic development and the skills and resources of our communities, balancing the needs of humans and natural systems.

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Every year, the Wings Over the Rockies Festival is celebrated in early May. The Wings wildlife festival offers over 100 events including guided walks and floats, evening talks, art shows, school programs and a gala dinner. Profits from the festival are reinvested into conservation and education projects within the Upper Columbia Valley.
Conservation Neighbourhood Columbia ValleyCreston-PurcellsDuncan-Trout LakeElk ValleyGoldenKootenay LakeKootenay Lake West ArmLower ArrowLower Columbia RiverSlocan ValleySouth CountrySouth Selkirks-SalmoUpper ArrowUpper Kootenay River Valley
Focuses Land ConservationLandscape ConnectivityResearchWildlife/Fish Conservation

Our Mission

Connecting and protecting habitat from Yellowstone to Yukon so people and nature can thrive.

Our Vision

An interconnected system of wild lands and waters stretching from Yellowstone to Yukon, harmonizing the needs of people with those of nature.

About Us

The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) is a joint Canada-U.S. not-for-profit organization that connects and protects habitat from Yellowstone to Yukon so people and nature can thrive. We are the only organization dedicated to securing the long-term ecological health of this entire region. We take a scientific and collaborative approach to conservation, and highlight and focus on local issues that affect the region. We have worked with more than 300 partners, including scientists, conservation groups, landowners, businesses, government agencies as well as First Nations and Native American communities to stitch together this landscape. Without a unified vision for this deeply interconnected landscape, local conservation efforts may be isolated and less effective. Y2Y seeks to ensure conservation efforts are aligned in support of large-scale objectives, and therefore become continentally significant. Today, Y2Y is recognized as one of the planet’s leading mountain conservation initiatives.
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