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.
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.
- 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?
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
- Creston Valley – January 22, 2020
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.
KCP partnered with the Columbia Wetlands Stewardship Partners on December 6, 2017 in Invermere.
Below are PDFs of the Columbia Valley Forum Biodiversity Conservation Planning PowerPoint presentations:
- Cam Gillies – Bird Monitoring in Glacier & Mt. Revelstoke National Parks
- Rachel Darvill – Columbia Wetlands Waterbirds Survey & Marsh Bird Monitoring Project
- Penny Ohanjanian – Reintroduction of Northern Leopard Frogs to Columbia Marshes
- Suzanne Bayley – Hydrologic Changes in the Columbia Valley and Threats to the Columbia Wetlands
- Gerry Oliver – Topics of Interest in Fisheries Conservation Planning
- Sherri McPherson – Protecting Shoreline Habitat
- Leigh Anne Isaac – Bats in the Columbia Valley
- Richard Klafki – The North American Badger in the Columbia Valley
- Randy Moody – Five Needle Pines in the Kootenay
- Michael Proctor – Grizzly Bears and Valley Bottoms, Wetlands and Riparian Areas
- Ian Adams – Connecting the Upper Columbia
- Kari Stuart-Smith – Canfor High Conservation Value Area Assessment
KCP held a Conservation Action Forum for Land Managers on October 2, 2018 in Trail.
KCP hosted the Elk Valley Conservation Action Forum on May 29, 2019 in Fernie.
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):
- Kim Poole – Bighorn Sheep
- Kim Poole – Rocky Mountain Elk
- Clayton Lamb – Grizzly Bears
- Gerry Oliver – Fish and Fish Habitat
- Deb MacKillop – Old Growth Forests and Rare Plant Habitats
- Katrina Caley – Riparian, Wetland and Floodplain
- Michael Proctor & Marcy Mahr – . Kootenay Connect: Landscape Linkage Areas
KCP hosted the Creston Valley Conservation Action Forum on January 22, 2020 in Creston.
Below are PDFs of the Creston Valley Forum Conservation Action Forum PowerPoint presentations:
- Western Screech-Owls – Irene Manley, Wildlife Biologist, FLNRORD
- Western Grebes – Julia Shewan, Conservation Program Assistant, CVWMA
- Burbot & White Sturgeon – Sarah Stephenson & Valerie Evans, Rare & Endangered Fish Biologists, FLNRORD
- Northern Leopard Frogs & American Bullfrogs – Dr. Lindsay Anderson, Species-at-Risk Biologist, FLNRORD
- Reconnecting Floodplains and Cultural Values – Norm Allard, Community Planner, Lower Kootenay Band
- Fire Dynamics and Management in Darkwoods – Adrian Leslie, South Selkirk Program Manager, Nature Conservancy of Canada
- Climate Disruption – Greg Utzig, Ecologist, Kutenai Nature Investigations, Inc.
- Farm Biodiversity Plans – Dave Zehnder, Project Lead, Farmland Advantage
- Green Mapping Project – Brian Churchill, President, Creston Valley Wildsight
- Bees to Bears Climate Adaptation Project – Michael Lucid, Regional Wildlife Diversity Biologist, Idaho Department of Fish & Game
- Kootenay Connect: Landscape Linkage Areas – Dr. Michael Proctor, Research Biologist, TransBorder Grizzly Project