2019 Winter Webinar Recordings

2019 Webinars

The 2019 KCP Winter Webinar Series focused on the theme of “Conservation in the Context of Climate Change – Restoration in Action”. Access these four webinar recordings by clicking on the links below in the descriptions:


Whitebark Pine Restoration: How it’s Done and How You Can Help
Thursday, January 17, 2019

The first presenter is Adrian Leslie from the Nature Conservancy of Canada speaking on “Whitebark Pine Restoration: How it’s Done and How You Can Help”. Whitebark Pine is an endangered tree species found throughout the highest elevation forests in the Columbia Basin. The Nature Conservancy of Canada is working with partners on a multi-year restoration program around Kootenay Lake and throughout the Basin, and needs your help. Find out how you can help save the species while you are out in the mountains by taking a few photos with your smartphone. You will also learn how to identify whitebark pine, about whitebark pine ecology, and what is being done to restore the species and the ecosystems that depend upon on it.


Adrian Leslie, MSc, RPBio is the South Selkirk Program Manager for the Nature Conservancy of Canada and has been working in the Columbia Basin on ecosystem conservation, restoration and research for over 10 years. He is a Registered Professional Biologist with experience working in both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems from low elevation floodplains to high elevation forests throughout the Columbia Basin. He has a Master’s degree in Environment and Management and has lead several research and restoration projects, and has extensive experience helping organizations complete environmental projects. Adrian has worked with a variety of environmental stakeholders in the Columbia Basin including non-profit, governmental, educational, industrial, and private organizations.


Wetland Restoration in the Kootenays
Thursday, February 7, 2019

Join Neil Fletcher with the BC Wildlife Federation for the second webinar in the KCP Winter Webinar Series where he will discuss Wetland Restoration in the Kootenays. Wetlands are a critical component of ecosystem conservation for a number of reasons including supporting a variety of species at risk, holding and filtering water, recharging groundwater, and storing carbon. In the Kootenays, many wetlands have been lost due to dam impoundment and land development. This webinar will discuss the importance of wetland restoration, results from a BCWF-led monitoring study of past restoration projects, recent BCWF-led restoration projects in the Kootenays, and ways to get involved in the conservation movement.


This webinar was presented in collaboration with the Columbia Basin Watershed Network

Neil Fletcher is the Wetlands Education Program Manager for BC Wildlife Federation (BCWF). He has a broad range of experience regarding resource management, previously working for a watershed authority in Ontario, the Canadian Forest Service, and BC Hydro. Over the last nine years, with BCWF, he has focused most of his efforts on wetland related issues within BC and since this time has delivered over 100 workshops or events to broad range of participants – many of these have involved hands-on restoration. He is the Chair of Wetlands Stewardship Partnership of BC, a multi-agency partnership that focuses on provincial priorities and that is currently working on standardizing a provincial wetland inventory with the Province. Neil also participates in a number of other steering and technical advisory committees supporting initiatives such as the Okanagan Wetlands Strategy, Aquatic Invasive Species of BC, and the National Wetlands Round Table. In 2016, he was named “Canadian Outdoorsman of the Year” by the Canadian Wildlife Federation, in part for the conservation and stewardship work he has accomplished in the Columbia Basin.


Riparian and Wetland Restoration in the Slocan Valley
Thursday, February 21, 2019

Join Gregoire Lamoureux for the third webinar in the KCP Winter Webinar Series. The Slocan River Streamkeepers have implemented over 40 riparian restoration projects in the Slocan Valley since 2005, restoring the equivalent of 5 km of riverbank. Some of the projects have also included fish habitat enhancement. More recently, the Streamkeepers have also implemented some wetland restoration and enhancement projects. In this webinar, Gregoire Lamoureux, restoration ecologist with Slocan River Streamkeepers, will talk about some of the projects that have been implemented over the years, the importance of good relationship with landowners, the challenges & benefits of the projects and more.


This webinar is presented in collaboration with the Columbia Basin Watershed Network

Gregoire Lamoureux grew up on a farm in southern Quebec and after a few years of travelling across Canada, he moved to the Slocan Valley in 1989 where he now operates a small native plant nursery. In 1991, he created the Kootenay Permaculture Institute to follow his passion for permaculture, regenerative agriculture and ecological restoration. He has been teaching permaculture and consulting across Canada for over 25 years. Gregoire has also been working in riparian restoration for over 20 years and more recently in wetland restoration. He’s a Co-Founder of the Slocan River Streamkeepers Society which started in 2003 with the goals of improving public knowledge on aquatic ecosystems, to improve stewardship of aquatic and riparian ecosystems, and to identify and restore ecologically sound and effective restoration projects.


Rocky Mountain Trench Ecosystem Restoration Program
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Join Marc Trudeau for the fourth and final webinar in the KCP Winter Webinar Series. Marc is the coordinator for the Rocky Mountain Trench Natural Resources Society and will be discussing Ecosystem Restoration (ER) in the Rocky Mountain Trench. As long ago as the 1950s, it was becoming evident that the grasslands and open forests of the Southern Trench were changing for the worse. Modern-day wildfire suppression was bringing an end to the cycle of frequent, low intensity fires that maintained these ecosystems for thousands of years. In this webinar, we will discuss the impacts of wildfire suppression, fire ecology, ER strategies, operations and monitoring within the Rocky Mountain Trench.


Marc  Trudeau is a Registered Forest Technician, having graduated with a Diploma in Integrated Forest Resource Management in 1997 from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Marc has extensive experience working in the natural resources management in British Columbia. His current role as coordinator for the Rocky Mountain Trench Natural Resources Society is relatively new and is actively involved in delivering Ecosystem Restoration Projects in the Rocky Mountain Trench.