In June, the KCP coordinated a Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund Field Tour. Members of the Local Conservation Fund Technical Review Committee, Local Area Directors, RDEK staff and KCP staff toured several projects that received funding for 2015. These included the Kootenay Community Bat Project, Ecological Goods and Services Project and Groundswell’s Climate and Water Conservation Action Project.
Tour participants shared that this tour offered them more insight into the value of the Local Conservation Fund, and the impact that these projects are having in the Upper Columbia Valley. Local Area F Director Wendy Booth shared that “We learned about bats and the impact they have on the ecosystem. We visited Groundswell and toured their greenhouse and permaculture landscape. Our final stop was Zehnder Ranch where we witness first-hand the benefits of the Ecological Goods and Services project that is currently in progress. My greatest take away is that we have a lot to celebrate in the valley. It is our diversity that makes us who we are and we should be proud to share it.”