During the 2021 KCP Virtual Fall Gathering, participants were asked to participate in an interactive exercise by submitting up to 2 key words or phrases in response to the question “What do partnerships in conservation mean to you?” Above is the resulting word cloud that was created.

The organizing theme for the 2021 Fall Gathering was “Partnerships in Conservation”.

The KCP Fall Gathering & AGM serves as one of the primary venues to connect and re-connect KCP partners from across the region. For 2021, the Fall Gathering was a one-day virtual conference due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in the Kootenays. We showcased examples of Indigenous-led restoration and conservation projects, and explored considerations for planning and implementing restoration projects. These five excellent presentations were followed by interactive “Conservation Cafe” discussions based on the following topics: Best practices for restoration; Wildfire fuel mitigation; Promoting private land stewardship; Partnering conservation with agriculture; Beavers as wetland engineers and Private land contributing to climate change solutions. We also presented our annual Conservation Leadership Awards and held our Annual General Meeting for KCP Partners as well. More than 60 people from across the Kootenays joined the Fall Gathering on Zoom, and over 20 KCP Partners attended our online AGM. Thank you to everyone who joined us for this year’s virtual event!

KCP 2020-2021 Annual Report Presentation

Presented by KCP Program Director Juliet Craig

Event Sponsors

KCP Supporter : Parks Canada


Guest Speaker Presentations

Hunting Grounds Wetland Restoration: Restoration of this important wetland site in Creston Presented by Norm Allard, Yaqan Nukiy

Branden Bark for Bats: Innovative approach to creating tree roosts for bats Presenter: Dave DeRosa, Okanagan Nation Alliance

Restoring Galena Creek: Restoration of this important fish habitat in the Columbia Wetlands Presenter: Jon Bisset, Shuswap Indian Band

Ecosystem Restoration Practices in the Kootenays: Sharing results from the Kootenay SER Practitioner Survey Presenter: Emily Pejic, Society of Ecological Restoration (SER)

History of the Landscape: Stewardship of the landscape with its record of past evolution and evidence of human activity Presenter: Wayne Choquette

KCP Conservation Leadership Awards
Awarded to Valerie Huff, West Kootenays & Rick Hoar, East Kootenay