Conservation Action Forums

Conservation Neighbourhood Action Planning

The Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) includes a diverse range of partners with broad conservation goals for the region. The KCP Conservation Neighbourhood approach brings together diverse conservation perspectives as well as leading scientists for a particular landscape or “conservation neighbourhood”. These subregions of the Kootenays represent unique ecosystems, communities and approaches to conservation.

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KCP facilitates “Action Forums” with partners from a particular neighbourhood where there is local interest and leadership to learn from the latest science in the region to inform the development of shared action priorities and plans. The purpose of KCP’s approach to conservation planning is to identify priority actions that will contribute to maintaining healthy fish and wildlife populations and ecological functions in the region for the next 5 years.

Guiding questions:

  • What is the current knowledge regarding species of concern, critical habitats and processes in the neighbourhood? What more do we need to know?
  • Based on scientific findings, what actions will make the most difference in preventing / controlling invasive species, protecting critical habitats, enhancing ecosystems, reducing recreational pressure and promoting climate change resilience?
  • Where do you see opportunities in your organization’s or agency’s plans, policies, programs, budgets and communications for realizing these actions?
  • What kind of alignment do we need to foster between scientists, non-profit organizations, First Nations, and local and provincial government to effectively collaborate and make a significant, positive impact while also meeting organizational mandates?

Desired outcomes:

  • Science recommendations set the foundation for priority-setting of actions.
  • Natural resource managers and representatives of local non-profit organizations will have the information they need to identify how they can contribute to collaborative approaches and actions.
  • The group clearly identifies at least 4 conservation actions and the partnerships / teams required to achieve positive results.
  • Kootenay Conservation Program and other partners have clear direction for how they can support the proposed conservation actions in the neighbourhood.

If you are a KCP Partner organization and interested in co-hosting an event in your neighbourhood, please contact KCP Program Manager at

The following KCP Conservation Action Forums have taken place to date:

  • Slocan Valley – February 23, 2017
  • Columbia Valley – December 6, 2017
  • Lower Columbia – October 2, 2018
  • Elk Valley – May 29, 2019

See below for links to the Conservation Actions Summary Reports.

Slocan Lake Watershed

KCP partnered with the Slocan Lake Stewardship Society on February 23, 2017 in Silverton.

Click here for the Slocan Lake Watershed Priority Conservation Actions Summary Report.

Over 30 representatives from various organizations came together on February 23rd at the ​Silverton Memorial Hall to identify and begin to take collaborative conservation actions that would benefit important species and habitats in the Slocan Lake Watershed.














Columbia Valley

KCP partnered with the Columbia Wetlands Stewardship Partners on December 6, 2017 in Invermere.

Click here for the Columbia Valley Conservation Action Forum Summary Report.

Below are PDFs of the Columbia Valley Forum Biodiversity Conservation Planning PowerPoint presentations:

  1. Cam Gillies – Bird Monitoring in Glacier & Mt. Revelstoke National Parks
  2. Rachel Darvill – Columbia Wetlands Waterbirds Survey & Marsh Bird Monitoring Project
  3. Penny Ohanjanian – Reintroduction of Northern Leopard Frogs to Columbia Marshes
  4. Suzanne Bayley – Hydrologic Changes in the Columbia Valley and Threats to the Columbia Wetlands
  5. Gerry Oliver – Topics of Interest in Fisheries Conservation Planning
  6. Sherri McPherson – Protecting Shoreline Habitat
  7. Leigh Anne Isaac – Bats in the Columbia Valley
  8. Richard Klafki – The North American Badger in the Columbia Valley
  9. Randy Moody – Five Needle Pines in the Kootenay
  10. Michael Proctor – Grizzly Bears and Valley Bottoms, Wetlands and Riparian Areas
  11. Ian Adams – Connecting the Upper Columbia
  12. Kari Stuart-Smith – Canfor High Conservation Value Area Assessment

Over 35 representatives from various organizations came together on December 6, 2017 at the ​Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce to identify and begin to take collaborative conservation actions that would benefit important species and habitats in the Columbia Valley.













Lower Columbia

KCP held a Conservation Action Forum for Land Managers on October 2, 2018 in Trail.

Click here for the Lower Columbia Land Managers Conservation Action Forum Summary Report.

Over 20 people attended the Lower Columbia Land Managers Conservation Action Forum in Trail in October 2018. The event was a great success with productive discussion, collaboration and feedback. KCP Photo


Elk Valley

KCP hosted the Elk Valley Conservation Action Forum on May 29, 2019 in Fernie.

Click here for the Elk Valley Conservation Action Forum Summary Report.

Below are PDFs of some of the Elk Valley Forum Conservation Action Forum PowerPoint presentations (see page 8 of the Summary Report for a complete list):

  1. Kim Poole – Bighorn Sheep
  2. Kim Poole – Rocky Mountain Elk
  3. Clayton Lamb – Grizzly Bears
  4. Gerry Oliver – Fish and Fish Habitat
  5. Deb MacKillop – Old Growth Forests and Rare Plant Habitats
  6. Katrina Caley – Riparian, Wetland and Floodplain
  7. Michael Proctor & Marcy Mahr – . Kootenay Connect: Landscape Linkage Areas

Over 25 people attended the Elk Valley Conservation Action Forum in Fernie on May 29, 2019. KCP Photo