Develop an Environmental Farm Plan

Farm Plans

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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

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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

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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

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Land Donation

Donate land to a land trust

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How do I donate my land to conservation?

Some landowners in the region have ecologically significant properties that include these types of habitats and are situated in important wildlife corridors. If you are a landowner with ecologically significant land, you may be interested in conserving its biodiversity and wildlife habitat values for future generations. Land trusts are organizations that acquire properties for conservation. Our role at the Kootenay Conservation Program is to coordinate private land securement amongst these land trusts and key partners and funders so we collectively prioritize the most strategic, important properties for acquisition. If you are a landowner interested in selling or donating your property for conservation, and it has significant ecological values, please feel free to contact the Kootenay Conservation Program.

Kootenay Conservation Program

On behalf of participating land trusts.
manager@kootenayconservation.ca

Additional Resources

This video explains the Kootenay Conservation Program’s role in private land securement for landowners interested in donating land to conservation.

Tax Incentives

Photo by Dave Hillary

Tax Incentives

Photo by Dave Hillary

Receive tax benefits by donating land to a qualified recipient.

Canada’s Ecological Gifts Program provides a way for Canadians with ecologically sensitive land to protect nature and leave a legacy for future generations. Made possible by the terms of the Income Tax Act of Canada, it offers significant tax benefits to landowners who donate land or a partial interest in land to a qualified recipient.

Ecological Gifts Program

Government of Canada

Report Aquatic Invasive Species in the Central Kootenays

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Aquatic Invasives

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Report bullfrogs and learn to control aquatic invasive species.

Protect our waters from aquatic invasive species. Learn more about how to control them on your property and how to Clean, Drain and Dry all watercraft and equipment. Report using a smartphone app or online form: www.reportinvasives.ca

Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society

1-844-352-1160
info@ckiss.ca

Additional Resources

This short video provides an overview of the Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society.

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CKISS Brochure - Protect the Kootenays from Aquatic Invaders

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Report Terrestrial Invasive Species in the Central Kootenays

Terrestrial Invasives

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Report and learn to control terrestrial invasive species.

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

Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society

1-844-352-1160
info@ckiss.ca

Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society

Additional Resources

This short video provides an overview of the Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society.

CKISS Brochure - Protect the Kootenays from Terrestrial Invaders
CKISS Brochure - Protect the Kootenays from Terrestrial Invaders

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Learn to Protect your Shoreline on Kootenay Lake

Shoreline Protection

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Learn how to protect your shoreline on Kootenay Lake.

The Kootenay Lake Partnership was formed in 2010 to address the increasing growth and development pressures of people desiring to live on or near Kootenay Lake. KLP is a multi-agency initiative to support management approaches for a productive and healthy Kootenay Lake ecosystem.

Kootenay Lake Partnership

klp.coordinator@gmail.com

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