HILLARY PAGE is the Conservation Operations Coordinator for the Canadian Rocky Mountains Program for the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Page has served as an active member of the KCP Stewardship Team for over 6 years and has contributed greatly to advancing both science and stewardship in the Kootenays. Page’s in-depth knowledge, coupled with her passion for conservation and her collaborative approach combine to allow her truly contribute to KCP’s vision of “landscapes in the Kootenays that sustain naturally functioning ecosystems that can in turn support economic and social well being.”
Page is primarily responsible for delivering sub-regional stewardship programs, sourcing regional funds, pre-securement biological assessments and conservation planning within the sub-region. The Canadian Rockies Program is currently responsible for managing 167,000 acres split across 12 projects. Several of these projects are of national importance including: Darkwoods, the Elk Valley Heritage Conservation Area and the Mount Broadwood Conservation Area. Page earned a M.Sc. for her research on grassland ecosystem restoration and has worked to implement this research on several of NCC’s properties including Kootenay River Ranch, ThunderHill Ranch, and Pine Butte Ranch. The implementation of these Ecosystem Restoration projects provide benefits not only to wildlife, but also to ranching, and to communities by increasing the quality of grasslands and reducing the threat of catastrophic wildfire.
The Kootenay Conservation Program would like to commend both McCrory and Page on their outstanding contributions to conservation across the Kootenays.