Over 40 people came together on April 10 in Invermere to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund (CVLCF).

The event, held at the Columbia Valley Centre and attended by members of the public, elected local officials and representatives of various conservation organizations, was organized by KCP to mark an important milestone in both regional and national history, as the CVLCF was the first Local Conservation Fund established in Canada.

A number of educational display booths showcased many of the local conservation projects that have received CVLCF funding over the last decade and a series of compelling presentations were delivered by organizations highlighting their local conservation work.

Thank you to the following organizations that took the time out of their busy schedules to participate!

Kaori Mayurama (Wildsight Invermere) with Thea Rodgers (Lake Windermere Ambassadors) at the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund 10th Anniversary. Photo by Pat Morrow

  • Columbia Lake Stewardship Society
  • Columbia Wetlands Stewardship Partners
  • East Kootenay Invasive Species Council
  • Groundswell Network Society
  • Kootenay Bat Project (Rocky Mountain Trench Natural Resource Society)
  • Lake Windermere Ambassadors
  • Lake Windermere District Rod & Gun Club
  • Living Lakes Canada
  • Nature Conservancy of Canada
  • The Nature Trust of BC
  • Toby Benches Society
  • Wildsight Invermere

The Columbia Valley Pioneer newspaper was kind enough to provide coverage of the event in their April 19, 2018 edition. Click below for the online version of the story.

And a big thank you to From Scratch in Fairmont Hot Springs for their extraordinary catering of the event!

Click here for more information about the CVLCF.

Joynce deBoer represented the Kooteny Bat Project at the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund 10th Anniversary celebration. Photo by Pat Morrow

District of Invermere councillor Greg Anderson (left) chats with KCP Technical Review Committee member Cam Gillies and Dr. Suzanne Bayley with the Columbia Wetlands Stewardship Partners. Photo by Pat Morrow

Groundswell Groundswell Network Society Director of Partnerships and Development Katrina Keller (left) with CVLCF Technical Review Committee member Zara Zychowicz. Photo by Pat Morrow