Develop an Environmental Farm Plan

Farm Plans

KCP Stewardship - Farms & Ranches
Photo credit: Rachael Roussin

Develop an Environmental Farm Plan for no cost

Join this no-cost and confidential program to develop an Environmental Farm Plan (EFP). Farmers who have an Environmental Farm Plan are serious about learning how to reduce agriculture’s impact on the environment. Many Environmental Farm Plan participants enjoy increased efficiency, profitability and new customers as a result of increased environmental sustainability. Completion of the EFP may allow for funding to make improvements on your farm. This is a Provincial program funded and administered by ARDCorp (the BC Agricultural Research & Development Corporation).

Environmental Farm Plan Program

1-866-522-3447

Environmental Farm Plan

Conserve Species at Risk Habitat on your Ranch

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Species at Risk

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How do I conserve species at risk habitat on my ranch?

Species At Risk Partnerships on Agricultural Land (SARPAL) pilot program is designed to assist cattle producers in adopting management practices that benefit their ranch operation as well as the bird species (until March 31, 2019)

BC Cattlemen’s Association

250-573-3611
SARPAL@cattlemen.bc.ca

Receive Incentives for Sustainable Farming

Farm Incentives

2011 Zehnder Ranch - Farms & Ranching Columbia Valley

Would you like to receive money for conserving critical habitat on your farm?

The project helps farmers identify the natural values which can be protected and enhanced, and develops recommendations and plans to preserve them.

Farmland Advantage

Dave Zehnder
info@farmlandadvantage.com

Protect Your Property from Fire

KCP Stewardship - Firesmart - Photo Credit : Bruce Blackwell

Wildfires

KCP Stewardship - Firesmart - Photo Credit : Bruce Blackwell
Photo credit: Bruce Blackwell

How do I protect my property from fire?

In the valley bottoms of the Kootenays, forest and grasslands regularly had fires burning that kept grasses healthy and forests open. Learn about how to be Fire Smart, not only to protect your property, but to maintain healthy landscape.

Regional District of Central Kootenay

Joel Hamilton
Wildfire Mitigation Supervisor
250-352-8177

Regional District Central Kootenay

Get Funding for your Local Conservation Project

Local Conservation

Columbia Valley Wetlands
Photo Credit: Larry Halverson

How do I find funding for a local conservation project?

Apply to the RDEK’s Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund to support your conservation initiative in the Columbia Valley area. The Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund provides financial support for projects that work to conserve the Columbia Valley’s natural values, specifically water, fish and wildlife, and open spaces like farmland and grasslands.

The Kootenay Conservation Program, or KCP, works in partnership with the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) to deliver this Fund which is a local government, tax-based service in the Columbia Valley subregion of the RDEK from Canal Flats to Spillimacheen and projects must occur within these areas. Non-profit societies, local governments, and First Nations can apply to this fund and individuals can also apply by partnering with these groups.

Applications are due at the end of October each year and application forms and relevant information can be found on our website.

Kootenay Conservation Program

Juliet Craig
manager@kootenayconservation.ca

Kootenay Conservation Program

Additional Resources

This short video provides an excellent overview of the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund.

Get Funding for your Local Conservation Project

Conservation Fund

KCP Stewardship Kootenay Lake

How do I find funding for a local conservation project?

The Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund provides financial support for projects that work to conserve the Kootenay Lake region’s natural values, specifically water, wildlife and habitat. The Kootenay Conservation Program, or KCP, works in partnership with the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) to deliver this Fund which is a local government, tax-based service in Electoral Areas A, D and E of the RDCK and projects must occur within these areas. Non-profit societies, local governments, and First Nations can apply to this fund and individuals can also apply by partnering with these groups. Applications are due at the end of October each year and application forms and relevant information can be found on our website.

Kootenay Conservation Program

Juliet Craig
manager@kootenayconservation.ca

Additional Resources

This short video provides an excellent overview of the Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund.

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Report Terrestrial Invasive Species in the Columbia Shuswap

Terrestrial Invasives

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Report invasive plants, learn more about how to control them on our property, and receive support for treatment.

Help prevent the spread of invasive plants and animals. Learn more about how to control them on our property, and receive support for treatment. Report using a smartphone app or online form: www.reportinvasives.ca

Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society

Robyn Hooper
1-855-785-9333
info@columbiashuswapinvasives.org

Additional Resources

This short video provides an overview of the Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society.

Report Terrestrial Invasive Species in the East Kootenay

Terrestrial Invasives

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How do I recognize and report non-native plants?

Report invasive plants in the East Kootenay; learn more about how to control them on our property, and receive support for treatment.

East Kootenay Invasive Species Council

1-888-553-5472
info@ekisc.com

KCP Stewardship Toolkit

Additional Resources

Watch this short video for an excellent overview of the East Kootenay Invasive Species Council.

Report and Monitor Camas Populations

Report Camas Populations

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How can I help document Camas meadows in the Kootenays?

Report camas patches (photo and location) and join “Camas Watch” to help learn more about the timing of key seasonal events (phenology) of camas.

Kootenay Native Plant Society

Valerie Huff
kootenaywild@gmail.com