We are pleased to announce the following projects have been awarded funding in 2020 through the RDCK’s Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund:
Evaluating Bat Boxes as a Mitigation for White-Nose Syndrome – $15,000 to the Wildlife Conservation Society Canada to help landowners protect their bat colonies through a variety of actions, ranging from disease surveillance and ensuring safe bat boxes are in place to testing and applying a prophylaxis treatment that has been developed.
Grizzly Bear Coexistence Solutions – $12,000 to the Friends of the Lardeau River to assist private landowners with reducing grizzly bear conflicts through a 50% cost share with residents for electric fencing equipment to protect their livestock and/or crops from bears.
North Kootenay Lake Water Monitoring Project – $12,000 to North Kootenay Lake Water Monitoring Project to collect scale-appropriate climate data that will enable and informed land-use response in the face of climate change to better conserve and restore ecosystems, support sustainable community development, and prepare for increased hazards.
Knotweed Removal on Private Lands – $10,000 to the Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society to work towards the eradication of knotweed from Areas A, D, and E of the RDCK.
Beavers along the Lardeau and Duncan River floodplains: a Population Survey and Habitat Assessment – $6,000 to BC Conservation Foundation to collect the information needed to begin beaver restoration in the Kootenays.
Fish/Bear Lake Western Toad Ecology and Hwy 31A Mortality Mitigation Study – $5,000 to the Valhalla Wilderness Society to enhance the survivability of both adult toads and toadlets at the mountain pass of Fish & Bear Lakes wildlife corridor along Highway 31A in the face of increased motorized use of the highway and the threat of climate change.
Wildflowers for Pollinators: A Citizen-Science Meadowscaping Initiative – $5,000 to the Kootenay Native Plant Society to enhance and restore the ecosystem process of pollination by facilitating the enhancement of meadow habitat to sustain the diversity of native pollinators, including at-risk bumble bees and butterflies and the native plants with which they co-evolved, in the Kootenay Lake area.