Over 40 people from throughout the Kootenays came together at the KCP Fall Gathering to learn and share ideas on “Promoting Conservation on Private Land: A Local Conservation Toolkit”.
The event included presentations on a variety of “tools in the toolbox” including information on securement by Nancy Newhouse from the Nature Conservancy of Canada, stewardship agreements by Dave Zehnder from Farmland Advantage, landowner outreach and citizen science by Marlene Machmer from Pandion Ecological Research, and engaging landowners from Lorne Fitch with the Cows and Fish program. DG Blair shared the tools and resources available from the Stewardship Centre for BC including the GreenShoresTM program and species at risk resources.
On Saturday morning, participants headed to a local farm to evaluate riparian areas using the Cows and Fish criteria and checklist, and then conducted a hands-on exercise to identify credits for lake front improvements to riparian areas.
There were opportunities to network at the banquet dinner. Grant Trower and Heather Leschied were recognized as recipients of the KCP Conservation Leadership Award for 2016.