Registration for KCP Winter Webinar series now open!

The KCP Winter Webinars are scheduled for the following dates:

  • February 8 — “Fire and Forests: What we need to know in the Kootenays”
  • February 28 — “Fish and Wildlife Mapping: Tools everyone should know about”
  • March 8 — “BC Soil Information Finder Tool: Because what’s underground matters”
  • March 12 — “Lentic and Lotic Riparian Assessment: A standardized approach”

Please see below for the Registration Links for each of the four webinars.


Fire and Forests: What we need to know in the Kootenays

Thursday, February 8, 10am-11am PST/11am-noon MST

Join forester John Cathro to learn about the importance of fire in healthy forest ecosystems, and strategies to manage for fire on private properties in the Kootenays.


John Cathro, Registered Professional Forester, Cathro Consulting Ltd.

John Cathro is Registered Professional Forester and independent consultant.  His clients include First Nations, communities, companies, organizations and governments across B.C. and around the world.  He works on issues that include community wildfire protection, third party certification, strategic land use planning and conservation area management.

John has 20 years experience working within complex multi-party situations involving jurisdiction, economic development and cultural and ecological conservation. His approach is grounded in technical expertise and based on collaboration and capacity building.

John has graduate degrees in forestry and land use from Oxford University and conflict management from Royal Roads University.  John and his family live in Kaslo, B.C.


Fish and Wildlife Mapping: Tools everyone should know about

Wednesday, February 28, 10am-11am PST/11am-noon MST

Do you want to be able to access fish and wildlife data for your projects? Or create maps with fish and wildlife locations? Join Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy Fish and Wildlife Information Specialist Albert Chirico, R.P.Bio. to learn about data standards and requirements for submitting fish and wildlife data, a demonstration of BC Government digital libraries (CLIR, EcoCat and SIWE) and spatial tools (Habitat Wizard, iMap), and a look into what the future holds.



BC Soil Information Finder Tool: Because what’s underground matters

Thursday, March 8, 10am-11am PST/11am-noon MST

Join Deepa Filatow and David Poon from the BC Government to learn more about the SIFT tool that can help identify restoration sites and opportunities. This webinar is relevant for many sectors including agriculture, restoration and natural resource management.


David Poon, MSc, PAg, Provincial Soil Specialist, B.C. Ministry of Agriculture

David Poon has worked in soil and nutrient management with the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture since 2008. David earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees in soil science, but his passions lie with putting information to work for people. Often that means putting soils information to work so farmers can make the best use of fertilizers and manure. That has taken the shape of interpreting soil information to manage for better crops, helping regulators understand the implications of their decisions for the environment and farms, and making it easier for crop consultants to relate soil information to crop productivity and runoff or leaching concerns.


Lentic and Lotic Riparian Assessment: A standardized approach

Monday, March 12, 10am-11am PST/11am-noon MST

Did you miss the lentic and lotic workshop in the Kootenays last summer? Did you attend and would like a refresher? Join Dr. Paul Hansen to learn about a set of tools for collecting standardized site inventories and for assessing functional health of riparian and wetland sites. Since 1988, Dr. Hansen and his team have worked with a large number of North American organizations in a collaborative effort to create standardized forms for lotic and lentic wetland assessment. Learn about each of the seven forms, which have corresponding user manuals with discussions on proper application and explicit itemized instructions for their use. The information from this work is used extensively in riparian and wetland mitigation throughout North America and in parts of Europe.


Paul L. Hansen, Ph. D., Riparian and Wetland Ecologist, Ecological Solutions Group LLC

Since 1978, Dr. Paul Hansen and his team have developed classification and management documents for riparian, wetland, and upland sites throughout North America. The land area represents the largest riparian and wetland work done by any one research team. During this time, they have sampled and analyzed approx. 11,750 plots in the process of defining the types. The North American landmass for which they have developed classifications includes over 577,500 square miles in western North Dakota, western South Dakota, all of Montana, eastern and southern Idaho, the southern half of Saskatchewan, and all of Alberta.

Through the years, Dr. Hansen has been the principal investigator/project manager for over 530 projects, taught over 155 vegetation classification and management training sessions, was an invited speaker to over 150 workshops/symposia, organized over 75 conferences/workshops/symposia/training sessions, published over 60 referred and peer reviewed articles, and completed over 630 interim and final reports.

From 1986 to 2001, Dr. Hansen was a research professor in riparian and wetland ecology, Director of the Riparian and Wetland Research Program, and taught ecology courses in the School of Forestry, The University of Montana in Missoula, Montana.

Dr. Hansen has a PhD in Plant Ecology from South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota and a Master of Arts in Plant Ecology/Botany from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota.