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Jun2020

2020 Spring Tour

June 2020|

Due to COVID-19, our 2020 Spring Tour was held in a virtual format. Click the links below to access PDFs of the presentations. A recording of the webinar will be made available as soon as it's ready.  Click HERE for detailed background information on each of the [...]

Jun2020

KCP 2020 Virtual Spring Tour: Additional Background Info

June 2020|

The KCP Virtual Spring Tour is taking place on Monday, June 22 from 1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. PT / 2 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. on Zoom. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about 5 important conservation projects taking place in the Kootenays – in just 1 hour! The [...]

Apr2020

2020 KLLCF Funded Projects announced

April 2020|

We are pleased to announce the following projects have been awarded funding in 2020 through the RDCK’s Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund: Evaluating Bat Boxes as a Mitigation for White-Nose Syndrome - $15,000 to the Wildlife Conservation Society Canada to help landowners protect their bat colonies through a variety of [...]

Apr2020

2020 CVLCF Funded Projects announced

April 2020|

We are pleased to announce the following projects have been awarded funding in 2020 through the RDEK’s Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund: Reintroducing Northern Leopard Frogs to the Columbia Marshes ‐ $21,000 to the Calgary Zoo to re‐establish self‐sustaining populations of northern leopard frogs in the Columbia marshes. Conservation of [...]

Mar2020

A Case for Conservation

March 2020|

Although private land covers a small portion of the Kootenay region’s total land base, keeping it ecologically intact plays a big part in conservation success. It's for this reason that KCP created the "Case for Conservation" brochure, which details 9 different reasons why conserving private land is so [...]

Nov2019

Quick action results in badger crossings

November 2019|

One of two culverts allowing American Badgers to cross under Highway 95 at the Nature Trust of BC Columbia River Wetlands-Edgewater property north of Radium Hot Springs. KCP Photo by Marcy Mahr When Duane Wells was reading through the Fish &Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) Columbia Region Action [...]

Oct2019

2019 KCP Fall Gathering in Invermere

October 2019|

The KCP Fall Gathering field tour at the Nature Trust of BC Columbia River Wetlands – Edgewater property on October 5. Photo by Pat Morrow The 2019 KCP Fall Gathering was held in Invermere on October 4 & 5, and had over 60 people from 30+ organizations attend! [...]

Oct2019

Species at Risk get a boost in the Kootenays!

October 2019|

The endangered northern leopard frog is one of the species benefitting from the ‘Kootenay Connect’ initiative. Photo courtesy of Marc-Andre Beaucher. The Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) has recently been awarded $2 million over four years in a federal Environment and Climate Change Canada grant to protect and restore [...]

Sep2019

Faces & Places: Richard Klafki

September 2019|

Growing up in Golden, it was only natural that Richard Klafki was passionate about spending time outdoors, including activities like fishing and skiing. And with a father who worked at a sawmill and a brother who was a forester, a career in natural resource management seemed like the natural choice. [...]

Aug2019

Preparing for large toadlet migration at Fish Lake

August 2019|

Submitted by the Valhalla Wilderness Society The Fish/Bear Lake Western Toad Ecology and Hwy 31A Mortality Mitigation Study is funded in part by the Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund to enhance the survivability of both adult toads and toadlets at the  mountain pass of Fish & Bear Lakes wildlife corridor [...]

Aug2019

Overwintering success for Northern Leopard Frog project

August 2019|

Submitted by Lea Randall, Calgary Zoo Conservation Research Population Ecologist Reintroducing Northern Leopard Frogs to the Columbia Marshes is funded in part by the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund to re‐establish self‐sustaining populations of northern leopard frogs in the Columbia marshes Once widespread, northern leopard frogs began to decline five decades [...]

Aug2019

Faces & Places: Cam Gillies

August 2019|

In the Columbia Valley, Cam Gillies’ name is synonymous with birds. With a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Alberta, Cam co-owns Canada’s largest birding tour company with his wife Renee Franken, which they run out of their home in Windermere. It’s fitting that a renowned ornithologist lives [...]

Jul2019

The Pipe Ram: a wildlife good-news story

July 2019|

Written by Kaitlin Hancock, a Habitat and Wildlife Co-op Technician Summer Student with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development in Cranbrook.  Before removing the pipe In November 2018, Cranbrook Conservation Officers (COs) received an interesting report from the public. A Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep [...]

Jul2019

Saving Land for Bears and Badgers

July 2019|

Cranbrook, BC — The Nature Trust of BC announces the protection of the Columbia River Wetlands - Edgewater property in the Kootenays. Located near the community of Edgewater these conservation lands cover 423 acres (171.5 hectares) and feature outstanding habitat and connectivity for Grizzly Bears and American Badgers. They also [...]

Jul2019

Stewardship Solutions Promotion Package

July 2019|

Thank you for helping promote the KCP Stewardship Solutions toolkit! Feel free to make use of any of the following content/resources: Inquire about presentations for your organization or region. KCP will coordinate a limited number of presentations about Stewardship Solutions on a request basis. Contact us to find out more [...]

Jul2019

KCP July 2019 eNews

July 2019|

For the latest events, opportunities and resources for conservation in the Kootenays, please click here.

Jul2019

Faces & Places: Marcy Mahr

July 2019|

A highly respected conservation biologist and strategist, Slocan Valley resident Marcy Mahr has a widespread reputation for proactively pulling together partnerships and creating collaborations to protect biodiversity. It’s for this reason the Kootenay Conservation Program is excited to welcome Marcy back to the role of Stewardship Coordinator, to continue building [...]

Jun2019

2019 Spring Tours

June 2019|

In spring 2019, KCP hosted an East Kootenay Stewardship Committee meeting in Kimberley, and a West Kootenay Stewardship Committee in Trail.

Jun2019

West Kootenay Spring Tour concludes

June 2019|

KCP hosted a Spring Tour to the Fort Shepherd Conservancy south of Trail on June 26. Owned by The Land Conservancy of British Columbia, this beautiful property features open dry habitats, rare plant communities, and Species at Risk. Many KCP partners and other biologists shared their knowledge including Al Mallette [...]

Jun2019

Columbia Valley Directors tour Local Conservation Fund projects

June 2019|

KCP Staff, RDEK Columbia Valley Directors Committee and the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund (CVLCF) Technical Review Committee as part of the CVLCF Directors Tour on May 27. KCP Photo On May 27, KCP hosted a field tour of projects funded by the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund [...]

Jun2019

Conservation Action Forum held in the Elk Valley

June 2019|

KCP hosted our fourth Conservation Action Forum in Fernie on May 29 focused on the Elk Valley. This Forum brought together participants from a broad range of backgrounds to identify conservation targets and threats as well as shared priorities for conservation actions in the coming three years. Highlights included "speed" [...]

May2019

KCP May 2019 eNews

May 2019|

For the latest events, opportunities and resources for conservation in the Kootenays, please click here.

Apr2019

Faces & Places: Chris Bosman

April 2019|

As the Kootenay Conservation Land Manager for the Nature Trust of BC, Chris Bosman oversees the management of almost 27,000 acres of ecologically relevant land across the region on behalf of one of the leading land trusts, which focuses exclusively within British Columbia Though a far cry from his humble [...]

Apr2019

KCP April 2019 eNews

April 2019|

For the latest events, opportunities and resources for conservation in the Kootenays, please click here.

Mar2019

Faces & Places: Tim Hicks

March 2019|

The mission of Columbia Basin Trust is to support the ideas and efforts of Basin residents to create a legacy of well-being for present and future generations. It’s a directive that Tim Hicks, as a Senior Manager of Delivery of Benefits, has taken to heart since joining the Trust in [...]

Mar2019

KCP March 2019 eNews

March 2019|

For the latest events, opportunities and resources for conservation in the Kootenays, please click here.

Feb2019

KCP February 2019 eNews

February 2019|

For the latest events, opportunities and resources for conservation in the Kootenays, please click here.

Jan2019

Faces & Places: Leigh Anne Isaac

January 2019|

Leigh Anne Isaac setting mistnets over water in Lillooet, B.C. Photo by Ian Routley Kimberley-based wildlife biologist Leigh Anne Isaac has made a career out of helping conserve a unique group of species that traditionally hasn’t enjoyed mainstream popularity. Snakes, toads and bats have captured her fascination ever [...]

Jan2019

KCP January 2019 eNews

January 2019|

For the latest events, opportunities and resources for conservation in the Kootenays, please click here.

Jan2019

Faces & Places: John Bergenske

January 2019|

John Bergenske knows what it means to love the land. The Conservation Director for Wildsight moved to the East Kootenay from Wisconsin, USA in 1969 with the late great mountaineer and conservationist Art Twomey in search of a wild place to live. They arrived to the St. Mary’s Valley where [...]

Dec2018

KCP December 2018 eNews

December 2018|

For the latest events, opportunities and resources for conservation in the Kootenays, please click here.

Nov2018

Faces & Places: Michael Proctor

November 2018|

A cub watches Michael Proctor as he observes a sedated mother bear. When Kaslo-based Independent Research Scientist Michael Proctor went back to school at the age of 40, he was living in the wilderness across Kootenay Lake with the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy as his backyard. He and his [...]

Nov2018

KCP November 2018 eNews

November 2018|

For the latest events, opportunities and resources for conservation in the Kootenays, please click here.

Oct2018

Faces & Places: Rob Frew

October 2018|

Rob Frew has been involved in conservation since childhood, assisting his late father, Gordon Frew, and other advocates in wildlife conservation as well as in efforts to preserve wildlands as conservation areas. Like his predecessors, Rob has always recognized the link between vibrant wildlife populations and healthy ecosystems. He was [...]

Oct2018

2018

October 2018|

The Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) announced the recipients of its annual Conservation Leadership Award on Friday, October 12 in Nelson as part of the annual KCP Fall Gathering.

Oct2018

KCP October 2018 eNews

October 2018|

For the latest events, opportunities and resources for conservation in the Kootenays, please click here.

Sep2018

Faces & Places: Gerry Wilkie

September 2018|

Gerry Wilkie became involved in Kootenay conservation work soon after he retired to the Columbia Valley in the late ‘90s. But, as he puts it, his “conservation feet got wet much earlier on.” The Banff Centre Grounds Supervisor for 30 years, Gerry was deeply involved in conservation in Banff and [...]

Sep2018

KCP September 2018 eNews

September 2018|

For the latest events, opportunities and resources for conservation in the Kootenays, please click here.

Aug2018

Faces & Places: Suzanne Bayley

August 2018|

Dr. Suzanne Bayley (standing at the front of the group holding papers and wearing a basecall cap) presenting as part of the 2017 KCP East Kootenay Spring Tour at the Brisco wetlands. KCP Photo Dr. Suzanne Bayley thinks it must have been 50 years ago – and decades [...]

Aug2018

Curious about the Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund?

August 2018|

To learn more about the Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund (KLLCF), how to apply, and conservation priorities identified in a KLLCF Guidance Document that the Regional District of Central Kootenay commissioned in the spring, come to one of three open houses taking place from 7-9 p.m. on the following dates: [...]

Aug2018

Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund accepting proposals

August 2018|

Western toads at Fish and Bear Lakes located between New Denver and Kaslo have benefitted from the Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund, which has financially supported a study and efforts to reduce the highway mortality of this yellow-listed species at risk. Photo by Isaac Candy Kootenay Conservation Program, [...]

Aug2018

Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund accepting project proposals

August 2018|

The Lake Windermere Ambassadors’ community-based watershed monitoring project – which is supported by the Columbia Lake Local Conservation Fund – is essential to the sustainable management of Lake Windermere’s long-term ecological health. LWA Photo Kootenay Conservation Program, on behalf of the Regional District of East Kootenay, is now [...]

Aug2018

KCP August 2018 eNews

August 2018|

For the latest events, opportunities and resources for conservation in the Kootenays, please click here.

Jul2018

Faces & Places: Gerry Nellestijn

July 2018|

For conservation to be effective, longevity is key, and West Kootenay fisheries professional Gerry Nellestijn exemplifies this ideal. A founding member of the Salmo Watershed Streamkeepers Society (SWSS), Gerry has been the society’s coordinator since its inception in 1998. Born in Holland and raised in Ontario, Gerry learned carpentry from [...]

Jul2018

KCP July 2018 eNews

July 2018|

For the latest events, opportunities and resources for conservation in the Kootenays, please click here.

Jun2018

Faces & Places: Penny Ohanjanian

June 2018|

Kimberley-based consulting biologist Penny Ohanjanian has fond memories of tromping around a marsh as a four year old with mini binoculars in hand, accompanying her godfather who was an amateur ornithologist. These experiences sparked a lifelong love of birds and wildlife that was further invigorated by an influential Grade 8 [...]

Jun2018

2018 Spring Tours

June 2018|

The 2018 KCP West and East Kootenay Spring Tours took place in May and June and included morning Stewardship Committee meetings and catered lunch for members, followed by local field tours to nearby conservation sites in the afternoon.

Jun2018

KCP June 2018 eNews

June 2018|

For the latest events, opportunities and resources for conservation in the Kootenays, please click here.

May2018

Critter Day 2018 draws record crowds

May 2018|

Volunteers promote Critter Day in the Silver City Days parade on May 12. FWCP Photo Mr. Toad high fives crowds in the Silver City Days Parade that took place the morning of Critter Day. FWCP Photo Critter Day, hosted by KCP and the Fish & Wildlife [...]

May2018

Faces & Places: Al Mallette

May 2018|

By the time the Columbia River flows from source to Trail, it’s travelled through three dams. Having grown up in Trail, Al Mallette has always had a strong interest in the Upper Columbia's flow management — its relationship to the environment in general and the river’s blue-ribbon rainbow trout fishery [...]

Apr2018

KCP May 2018 eNews

April 2018|

For the latest events, opportunities and resources for conservation in the Kootenays, please click here.

Apr2018

Celebration marks Local Conservation Fund milestone

April 2018|

CVLCF Technical Review Committee member Cam Gillies gives some opening remarks at the CVLCF 10-year Anniversary Celebration held at the Columbia Valley Centre in Invermere on April 10. Photo by Pat Morrow Over 40 people came together on April 10 in Invermere to celebrate the 10th anniversary of [...]

Apr2018

Faces & Places: Joe Strong

April 2018|

Joe Strong, the new Kootenay Conservation Land Coordinator for The Nature Trust of BC, has a passion for wildlife and fisheries, and has spent time working with both the Ontario and British Columbia provincial governments in their respective fish and wildlife branches. He has worked in the Kootenay region for [...]

Apr2018

Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund celebrates 10 years

April 2018|

No one appreciates the Columbia Valley’s stunning natural landscape more than those who live here. It’s for this reason local property owners voted in 2008 to establish the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund (CVLCF). The first local conservation fund in Canada, the CVLCF is a dedicated fund that provides financial [...]

Apr2018

KCP April 2018 eNews

April 2018|

For the latest events, opportunities and resources for conservation in the Kootenays, please click here.

Mar2018

Faces & Places: Jami Scheffer

March 2018|

Wings Over the Rockies is one of Canada’s largest wildlife festivals, attracting visitors from around the world to celebrate the incredible biodiversity of life in the wetlands of the upper Columbia River valley. The success of this event is due in no small part to Jami Scheffer. The executive director [...]

Mar2018

KCP March 2018 eNews

March 2018|

For the latest events, opportunities and resources for conservation in the Kootenays, please click here.

Feb2018

Faces & Places: Avery Deboer-Smith

February 2018|

Avery Deboer-Smith was raised by two nature loving hippies in Nelson, B.C. She spent her summers playing in the forests, swimming in Kootenay Lake, and hiking and camping in the surrounding mountains. Vacations for the family involved living in their 1972 Volkswagen van (peace sign curtains included), while touring B.C. [...]

Jan2018

KCP January 2018 eNews

January 2018|

For the latest events, opportunities and resources for conservation in the Kootenays, please click here.

Jan2018

Webinar Recording: Species at Risk on Private Land

January 2018|

2017 Webinar Series – Theme: Tools in the Toolbox for Private Land Conservation Species at Risk on Private Land Presenter: Lynn Campbell, Species at Risk Biologist, Ministry of Environment Original Air Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 https://youtu.be/-qnzIUwXeds

Jan2018

Webinar Recording: Wetland Restoration and Construction on Private Land

January 2018|

2017 Webinar Series – Theme: Tools in the Toolbox for Private Land Conservation Wetland Restoration and Construction on Private Land Presenter: Neil Fletcher, Wetlands Education Program Coordinator, BC Wildlife Federation Original Air Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 https://youtu.be/0M3cyDt1yCA

Jan2018

Webinar Recording: Tools you Can Use for Reaching Landowners (Without Breaking the Bank)

January 2018|

2017 Webinar Series – Theme: Tools in the Toolbox for Private Land Conservation Tools you Can Use for Reaching Landowners (Without Breaking the Bank) Presenter: Angela Wells, Stewardship Program Manager, Montana Department of Natural Resource Conservation Original Air Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2017 https://youtu.be/p2F00Xaxywg

Dec2017

KCP December 2017 eNews

December 2017|

For the latest events, opportunities and resources for conservation in the Kootenays, please click here.

Nov2017

Faces & Places: Gillian Sanders

November 2017|

Gillian and Oso volunteered with the Washington State Karelian Bear Dog program. This black bear was trapped in a suburban neighbourhood after eating birdseed. After trapping and collaring, the bear was released in a nearby wild area and the Karelians were used to push her away from people. The [...]

Nov2017

Local Conservation Fund Feature: The North Kootenay Lake Water Monitoring Project

November 2017|

Volunteers taking snow measurements at the Kootenay Ridge snow course site. Photo by Greg Utzig Most West Kootenay communities depend on small streams for domestic and agricultural water supply. Many of these streams also provide important aquatic and riparian habitat. The ability of these small streams to continue [...]

Nov2017

KCP November 2017 eNews

November 2017|

For the latest events, opportunities and resources for conservation in the Kootenays, please click here.

Oct2017

Faces & Places: Dave Zehnder

October 2017|

Dave Zehnder has a passion for both agriculture and ecology and has worked in B.C. and across the world on related projects. Operating the Zehnder Ranch (a sustainably raised local beef cattle ranch) in Invermere with his brothers, Dave sits on several boards including the Canadian Cattlemen’s Beef Cattle Research Council [...]

Oct2017

2017

October 2017|

We were excited to award our annual Conservation Leadership Awards as part of the KCP Fall Gathering in Cranbrook on September 29.

Oct2017

KCP October 2017 eNews

October 2017|

For the latest events, opportunities and resources for conservation in the Kootenays, please click here.

Sep2017

Local Conservation Fund Feature: Kootenay Lake Shoreline Guidance Document

September 2017|

The future of Kootenay Lake's shoreline is bright thanks to the work being done by the Kootenay Lake Partnership. The Kootenay Lake Shoreline Guidance Document was initiated in 2012 by the Kootenay Lake Partnership, a government-to-government partnership brought together to support collaborative approaches to shoreline management in response [...]

Sep2017

The KCP Fall Gathering & AGM is filling up fast!

September 2017|

The KCP Fall Gathering & AGM serves as one of the primary opportunities to connect and re-connect KCP partners from across the region. This annual two-day event is taking place on September 29 and 30 in Cranbrook at the Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort. Book now at the Prestige to receive a discounted room [...]

Sep2017

KCP September 2017 eNews

September 2017|

For the latest events, opportunities and resources for conservation in the Kootenays, please click here.

Aug2017

Local Conservation Fund Feature: Enabling Abel Creek

August 2017|

This photo shows fish spawning in an area that has been devoid of Kokanee for over 60 years following the removal of the barrier on Abel Creek, which took place in 2015. Photo submitted Located on the outskirts of Invermere in the Columbia Valley, Abel Creek is a [...]

Aug2017

Faces & Places: Mike and Ivy Jeffery

August 2017|

Mike and Ivy Jeffery at the Crawford Bay Trail Head. Photo submitted For many in the conservation profession, there is nothing more rewarding than when members of a community step into a stewardship role. Mike and Ivy Jeffery of Crawford Bay in the West Kootenay are perfect examples [...]

Aug2017

Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Project featured in The Valley Voice Newspaper

August 2017|

Click here for an excellent article published in the July 27, 2017 Valley Voice Newspaper about the Fish Lake Toad Ambassador program, one of the 2017 projects supported by the Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund, administered by the Kootenay Conservation Program in partnership with the Regional District of Central Kootenay. [...]

Aug2017

KCP August 2017 eNews

August 2017|

For the latest events, opportunities and resources for conservation in the Kootenays, please click here.

Jul2017

KCP July 2017 eNews

July 2017|

For the latest events, opportunities and resources for conservation in the Kootenays, please click here.

Jun2017

Faces & Places: Gary Tipper

June 2017|

An East Kootenay-based Professional Agrologist and Registered Professional Biologist, Gary Tipper grew up hunting and fishing in a family that cherished the outdoors and wildlife. Though his parents passed their passion for natural values onto him, Gary opted to study psychology and sociology when he first went to university. Quickly [...]

Jun2017

Local Conservation Fund Feature: Going the Extra Mile for Grizzlies

June 2017|

Grizzly Bear Coexistence Solutions project coordinator Gillian Sanders is pictured with a two-year-old female grizzly bear that was tranquilized, collared, and managed by conservation officers in the Meadow Creek area in 2012. This bear has stayed out of conflict since. Grizzly Bear Solutions works in partnership with the Conservation [...]

Jun2017

KCP June 2017 eNews

June 2017|

For the latest events, opportunities and resources for conservation in the Kootenays, please click here.  

May2017

Local Conservation Fund Feature: Winning the Battle Against Leafy Spurge

May 2017|

Photo by Juliet Craig Listed as a provincial noxious weed, leafy spurge (Euphorbia esula) is an invasive plant with negative impacts. This plant thrives in open rangeland, inhibits the growth of native species, and can be toxic to grazing animals. It has become well-established in the Upper Columbia [...]

May2017

Faces & Places: Dave White

May 2017|

Dave White has been a force in the conservation world for over three decades now, and shows no signs of slowing down. A keen angler, backcountry horseman and hunter who operates a trapline near his home in Canal Flats, Dave began his career as a wildlife champion in the early [...]

May2017

Network of the Networks

May 2017|

On April 6th, the Kootenay Conservation Program participated in a "Network of the Networks" meeting in Golden. The purpose was to bring together organizations that focus on stewardship and the environment to identify opportunities to collaborate. In the photo from left to right are Juliet Craig (Kootenay Conservation Program), Duncan [...]

May2017

2017 Spring Tours

May 2017|

In May 2017, KCP hosted full-day East and West Kootenay Stewardship Committee meetings that included a morning business meeting and catered lunch for committee members, followed by local field tours in the afternoon — the afternoon field tours were open to all KCP partners. Participants in both the [...]

May2017

KCP May 2017 eNews

May 2017|

For the latest events, opportunities and resources for conservation in the Kootenays, please click here.  

May2017

Faces & Places: Valerie Huff

May 2017|

A resident of the Kootenays for over 25 years, Valerie Huff started the grassroots Kootenay Camas Project with Eva Johansson in 2012. The dry West Kootenay (specifically, the confluence of the Kootenay and Columbia rivers in the heart of Sinixt traditional territory) is a hot spot for the beautiful camas [...]

May2017

Local Conservation Fund Feature: Kootenay Lake Osprey Nest Monitoring Phase II

May 2017|

Photo by Alistair Fraser With Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund (KLLCF) support, the Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society (FOKLSS) are in their second year with their Osprey Nest Monitoring Project. The objectives of this project are to observe Osprey, measure the number of species using nests, measure [...]

Apr2017

KCP April 2017 eNews

April 2017|

For the latest events, opportunities and resources for conservation in the Kootenays, click here.

Apr2017

Local Conservation Fund Feature: Windermere West

April 2017|

The Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) in partnership with the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) provide funding for projects that benefit conservation in the area from Spillimacheen to Canal Flats through the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund (CVLCF). The purpose of the CVLCF is to provide local financial support for [...]

Apr2017

Faces & Places: Rob Neil

April 2017|

Rob grew up in the grasslands of Kamloops on the South Thompson River. As a youth Rob first became interested in becoming a wildlife biologist when a wounded swan, that was accidentally shot, was brought back across the river to his home by neighboring wildlife biologist Pat Martin. Pat took [...]

Mar2017

Save the Date! Fall Gathering

March 2017|

Save the Date! Our 2017 Fall Gathering will take place on September 29-30 in the East Kootenays (location TBA). The KCP Fall Gathering & AGM serves as one of the primary vehicles to connect and re-connect KCP partners from across the region. The organizing theme for this year’s Fall Gathering is Grasslands [...]

Feb2017

Local Conservation Fund Feature: Kootenay Community Bat Project – Upper Columbia Valley

February 2017|

The Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) in partnership with the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) provide funding for projects that benefit conservation in the area from Spillimacheen to Canal Flats through the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund (CVLCF). The purpose of the CVLCF is to provide local financial support for [...]

Feb2017

Faces & Places: Bill Sanders

February 2017|

Bill Sanders owns the Rocky Top Ranch near Grasmere. He has been actively stewarding this land for decades. Formerly a veterinarian, he now focuses his energy on improving and conserving his land. He demonstrates a landowner ethic and leadership in private land conservation. This is his story... After the turn [...]

Jan2017

Conservation on private land in the Golden area

January 2017|

Many important habitats and species at risk are found on private land and private land conservation is an important component of protecting clean water, maintaining wildlife habitat, and stewarding local ecosystems. Since 2002 the Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) has helped to support partners in securement of private land for conservation, [...]

Dec2016

Local Conservation Fund Feature: Water Quality and Quantity Monitoring Project

December 2016|

The Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) in partnership with the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) provide funding for projects that benefit conservation in the area from Spillimacheen to Canal Flats through the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund (CVLCF). The purpose of the CVLCF is to provide local financial support for [...]

Dec2016

Faces & Places: Candace Batycki

December 2016|

Candace Batycki is the BC and Yukon Program Director for the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y), a joint Canada-U.S. not-for-profit organization that connects and protects habitat from Yellowstone to Yukon so people and nature can thrive. Candace is in love with the natural world and passionate about the rights [...]

Dec2016

New Webinar: Tools you Can Use for Reaching Landowners

December 2016|

Join Angela Wells, Stewardship Program Manager for  Montana DNRC, for a webinar entitled, 'Tools you Can Use for Reaching Landowners (Without Breaking the Bank). This will take place at 10am Pacific / 11am Mountain Time on Tuesday, January 10. When it comes to recruiting landowners to participate in conservation programs, [...]

Dec2016

Conservation Planning in Revelstoke

December 2016|

Juliet Craig, Program Manager for the KCP, provided a community presentation in Revelstoke on December 5, 2016, hosted by the Columbia Mountains Institute. The presentation focused on the role of KCP in private land conservation and some of the tools and techniques being used by KCP partners for securement, stewardship [...]

Dec2016

Local Conservation Fund Feature Project: Climate and Water Conservation Action

December 2016|

The Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) in partnership with the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) provide funding for projects that benefit conservation in the area from Spillimacheen to Canal Flats through the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund (CVLCF). The purpose of the CVLCF is to provide local financial support for [...]

Dec2016

Faces & Places: Grant Trower

December 2016|

Grant Trower is the former Coordinator of Friends of the Lardeau River and is a long term board member the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program - Columbia Basin. He has given his time freely for fish, wildlife and habitat everywhere in the Canadian Columbia Basin. Grant is a conservation leader, [...]

Nov2016

2016

November 2016|

We were pleased to award our annual Conservation Leadership Awards as part of our Annual Gathering in Creston on November 25.

Oct2016

Faces & Places: Duncan Whittick

October 2016|

Duncan Whittick is the co-owner of Non-profit by Nature, a Basin-based consulting firm that specializes in non-profit capacity building and collaboration. He was previously Operations Coordinator for the Kootenay Conservation Program, and is now working in an interim capacity as KCP's Communications Coordinator. His primary contract is as the Executive [...]

Oct2016

Local Conservation Fund Feature Project: Neighbourhood Invasive Plant Program

October 2016|

The Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) in partnership with the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) provides funding for projects that benefit conservation in the area from Spillimacheen to Canal Flats through the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund (CVLCF). The purpose of the CVLCF is to provide local financial support for [...]

Oct2016

KCP October 2016 eNews

October 2016|

For the latest events, opportunities and resources for conservation in the Kootenays, please click here.

Sep2016

Local Conservation Fund Feature Project: Groundwater Monitoring

September 2016|

The Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) in partnership with the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) provide funding for projects that benefit conservation in the area from Spillimacheen to Canal Flats through the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund (CVLCF). The purpose of the CVLCF is to provide local financial support for [...]

Sep2016

Faces & Places: Marlene Machmer

September 2016|

Marlene is a registered professional biologist who has focused her career on identifying and conserving biodiversity in the Kootenay Region. She is the Managing Director and Principal Ecologist with Pandion Ecological Research Ltd. based in Nelson, which she founded in 1990. Marlene has a Masters in Ecology from SFU and [...]

Sep2016

September 2016 KCP eNews

September 2016|

For the latest events, opportunities and resources for conservation in the Kootenays, please click here.

Sep2016

Faces & Places: Lee-Anne Walker

September 2016|

Lee-Anne Walker is the Executive Director and founder of the Elk River Alliance community-based water group. She was inspired to start this group in her home watershed after being inspired by other groups in the Columbia Basin notably Mainstreams, Slocan and Salmo River Streamkeepers and Lake Windermere Ambassadors. Second to [...]

Aug2016

Local Conservation Fund Feature Project: Northern Leopard Frogs

August 2016|

The Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP), in partnership with the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) and Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK), provide funding for projects that benefit conservation in the area from Spillimacheen to Canal Flats through the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund (CVLCF) and in the rural areas [...]

Aug2016

Caring for Land and Water: Improving Outreach to Private Landowners in the Kootenays

August 2016|

Caring for Land and Water: Improving Outreach to Private Landowners in the Kootenays is a workshop being offered by KCP this October that will explore how to be more effective in collectively reaching and supporting private landowners interested in taking care of their property. One of the important roles KCP [...]

Aug2016

Remembering Kelly Diamond

August 2016|

The KCP would like to take a moment to remember Kelly Diamond who passed away last week from cancer. Kelly was the KCP’s Administration and Communications Coordinator until she was diagnosed earlier this year. Kelly came to the KCP late in 2015 after becoming a mother. She brought with her a diversity [...]

Aug2016

Local Conservation Fund Feature Project: Columbia Lake – Lot 48 Ecosystem Restoration

August 2016|

The Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) in partnership with the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) provide funding for projects that benefit conservation in the area from Spillimacheen to Canal Flats through the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund (CVLCF). The purpose of the CVLCF is to provide local financial support for [...]

Aug2016

Faces & Places: Ian Parfitt

August 2016|

Some of you may be familiar with this old definition of ecology: “the distribution and abundance of species.” This definition illustrates why GIS is so useful for conservation, since distribution is the geographic area where a species occurs (geometry in GIS lingo) while abundance is a measure of the absolute [...]

Jul2016

KCP July eNews

July 2016|

For the latest events, opportunities and resources for conservation in the Kootenays, please click here.

Jul2016

2016 Kootenay Lake LCF Funding

July 2016|

We are pleased to announce the following projects have been awarded funding in 2016 through the RDCK's Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund: Darkwoods Ecosystem Restoration at Tye $14,650.00 to the Nature Conservancy Canada (NCC) towards restoring the most heavily impacted and degraded habitat at the Tye town site by implementing an integrated [...]

Jul2016

Webinar Recording: The Great Eastern Ranges Initiative: Linking the Landscapes and Landholders

July 2016|

2016 Webinar Series – Large Landscape Conservation The Great Eastern Ranges Initiative: Linking the Landscapes and Landholders Webinar Presenter: Gary Howling, Great Eastern Range’s (GER) Conservation Manager https://youtu.be/AnvIkYkWdzU Gary Howling is Great Eastern Range's (GER) Conservation Manager in New South Wales, who is hosted by the Office of the Environment and [...]

Jul2016

Webinar Recording: Collaborations in Large Landscape Initiatives Across North America

July 2016|

2016 Webinar Series - Large Landscape Conservation Collaborations in Large Landscape Initiatives Across North America and the Formation of the Practitioner’s Network Webinar Presenter: Shawn Johnson, Practitioners’ Network for Large Landscape Conservation https://youtu.be/8DlscpxwsVI Shawn Johnson is Managing Director of the Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Policy at the University of [...]

Jun2016

New KCP Program Manager

June 2016|

Juliet Craig joins KCP Juliet brings a collaborative and innovative mindset to ecological projects. She works out of Nelson and has a broad range of conservation experience including invasive plant management, bat conservation, species at risk planning, and environmental education. This experience has allowed her to focus on the connections [...]

Feb2016

Faces & Places: Margie Jamieson

February 2016|

Text by Jeff Pew. Originally published in Go Kimberley’s Winter 2016 issue. Re-published with permission. Keep Taking the Worst Road. “When you come to a fork, keep taking the worst road,” she says over the phone, directing me to Muskrat Ranch, her off-grid 80-acre homestead on the fringe of the Purcell [...]

Feb2016

Webinar Recording: History of the Blackfoot Challenge Watershed

February 2016|

2016 Winter Webinar Series - Large Landscape Conservation Gary Burnett presents on "The History of the Blackfoot Challenge Watershed" Webinar Air Date: February 11, 2016 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm (MST) https://youtu.be/0NUhfd37ieo Gary Burnett has 30 years of experience in natural resource management and nonprofit development. He has [...]

Feb2016

February KCP eNews

February 2016|

Check out the latest news, job postings, workshops, events and resources related to conservation in the Kootenays! Click here to read the February KCP eNews.

Jan2016

Faces & Places: George Wilson

January 2016|

George Wilson has been involved in the organized hunting community since his early 20s. In the mid 70’s, George became involved in the Fernie Rod and Gun Club, which is the oldest club in BC, celebrating 100 years in 1999. George became Secretary of that Club, and remained in that [...]

Jan2016

Webinar Recording: Yellowstone to Yukon Initiative (Y2Y)

January 2016|

2016 Winter Webinar Series - Large Landscape Conservation Harvey Locke presents on "Y2Y" Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative Webinar Air Date: January 21, 2016 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm  (MST) https://youtu.be/4GtbEBTCE-E Harvey Locke is a strategic advisor to the Yellowstone to Yukon Initiative and the Vice President of [...]

Jan2016

January KCP eNews

January 2016|

Check out the latest news, job postings, workshops, events and resources related to conservation in the Kootenays! Click here to read the January KCP eNews.

Dec2015

Faces & Places: Kelly Diamond

December 2015|

  The KCP is pleased to introduce Kelly Diamond as our new Administration and Communications Coordinator. Kelly comes to the KCP with a background in various capacities in the conservation and environmental field. Kelly has worked in numerous postions with the Ministry of Environment as a Park Naturalist, Senior Park [...]

Nov2015

2015

November 2015|

The KCP is pleased to announce that Andy Shadrack is the winner of the 2015 Conservation Leadership Award.

Sep2015

KCP seeks Administrative and Communications Coordinator

September 2015|

Administration and Communications Coordinator (.25FTE – 12 month renewable contract) – Flexible within the Kootenay Region KCP is looking for a qualified contractor to provide administrative and communication support services. The primarily role of this position is to provide “behind-­‐the-­‐scenes” administrative support. The secondary role is to provide leadership in [...]

Sep2015

Faces & Places: Rachel Darvill

September 2015|

Rachel Darvill’s primary passion is biodiversity conservation.  She has been working as a biologist and environmental consultant since graduating with a BSc in Biology from the University of Victoria in 2000.  She is the primary consultant at Goldeneye Ecological Services and by working with several agencies such as Canadian Wildlife [...]

Sep2015

September KCP eNews

September 2015|

Check out the latest news, job postings, workshops, events and resources related to conservation in the Kootenays! Click here to read the September KCP eNews.

Aug2015

CVLCF Technical Review Committee Alternate – Expressions of Interest

August 2015|

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) in partnership with the Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) are seeking to fill one vacancy for an Alternate position on a five person Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund (CVLCF) Technical Review Committee to make recommendations on allocating annual funding for conservation projects for the area [...]

Aug2015

Faces & Places: Richard Klafki

August 2015|

In 2014, Richard joined the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) as Stewardship Coordinator for the Canadian Rocky Mountains program based in Invermere. The position ensures that all fee simple and conservation covenant lands are monitored and managed in accordance with NCC’s policies, procedures, standards and guidelines. Richard’s work in the [...]

Aug2015

Gary Tabor confirmed for Keynote Address at KCP Fall Gathering & AGM

August 2015|

Gary Tabor will be providing the keynote address at KCP's upcoming Fall Gathering & AGM on September 25. For more information on the event click here.  Gary catalyzes forward progress in large landscape conservation, serving as Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Large Landscape Conservation. Drawing on over [...]

Aug2015

August KCP eNews

August 2015|

Check out the latest news, job postings, workshops, events and resources related to conservation in the Kootenays! Click here to read the August KCP eNews.  

Jul2015

Fall Gathering and Annual General Meeting

July 2015|

Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) partners are invited to join us for our 2015 Fall Gathering and Annual General Meeting on September 26-26 at St. Eugene Mission Resort (near Cranbrook). The theme of the event is Large Landscape Conservation, and we have lined up several excellent presenters including representatives from the Heart [...]

Jul2015

Faces & Places: Greg Utzig

July 2015|

Greg Utzig has worked on various aspects of forest and wildlife management in the Kootenays for the past 40 years, apart from a few years working as a forest manager in southern Africa. He was instrumental in the early development of the Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification for southeastern BC. As a [...]

Jul2015

KCP Bursary Program Supports Kootenay Water Hero

July 2015|

Nelson’s Heather Leschied, Program Manager for Wildsight’s Living Lakes Canada, was honoured as one of WWF Canada’s Water Heroes, and named a finalist for Water Canada’s Water’s Next Award. The Water Heroes are Canadians who are working tirelessly to monitor water quality in local waterways, restore habitat for frogs, turtles [...]

Jul2015

July KCP eNews

July 2015|

Check out the latest news, job postings, workshops, events and resources related to conservation in the Kootenays! Click here to read the June KCP eNews.

Jun2015

Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund Field Tour

June 2015|

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 [...]

Jun2015

Faces & Places: Megan Peloso

June 2015|

Megan is from Ottawa, but has been living in British Columbia since 2011. After obtaining her MA in Natural Resource Management from the University of British Columbia in 2014, she moved to Invermere in August 2014 to pursue work in the field of community-based watershed stewardship. As Program Coordinator of Lake [...]

Jun2015

June KCP eNews

June 2015|

Check out the latest news, job postings, workshops, events and resources related to conservation in the Kootenays! Click here to read the June KCP eNews.  

May2015

Faces & Places: Jennifer Vogel

May 2015|

In 2009, Jennifer joined the Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Committee (CKIPC) team as an Operations Technician and has recently been promoted to Executive Director where she works with private landowners, industry partners, stewardship groups, all levels of government, and many others to prevent and manage the spread of invasive species. [...]

May2015

KCP May eNews

May 2015|

Check out the latest news, jobs, resources, funding opportunities, workshops, events and conferences in this monthly conservation update. Click here to read the KCP's May eNews.

May2015

Faces & Places: Adrienne Shaw

May 2015|

Adrienne is excited to work with Kootenay Conservation Program partners in her new role as Stewardship Coordinator. She is devoted to using the best resources available and innovative solutions to help partners work together on stewardship activities throughout the Kootenay region. She has 15 years experience developing positive working relationships [...]

Apr2015

KCP April eNews

April 2015|

Check out the latest news, jobs, resources, funding opportunities, workshops, events and conferences in this monthly conservation update. Click here to read the KCP April eNews.   

Mar2015

Faces & Places: Todd Hebert

March 2015|

Todd Hebert is back at Blue Lake as Executive Director. Hebert was Executive Director from 1987 until 2003 during which he saw the organization through the transition from BC Forestry Association Camp to new non-profit society. Blue Lake Forest Education Society is now a registered charity that provides educational programming on responsible [...]

Mar2015

KCP March eNews

March 2015|

Check out the latest news, jobs, resources, funding opportunities, workshops, events and conferences in this monthly conservation update. Click here to read the KCP March eNews.

Feb2015

Faces & Places: Gregoire Lamoureux

February 2015|

Gregoire grew up on a farm in southern Quebec and after a few years of travelling across Canada, he moved to the Slocan Valley in 1989. In 1991, he created the Kootenay Permaculture Institute to follow his passion for permaculture and ecological agriculture. He has been teaching permaculture across Canada for over [...]

Feb2015

February KCP eNews

February 2015|

For the latest conservation news, resources, jobs and funding opportunities from across the Kootenays click here.

Jan2015

Faces & Places: Todd Larsen

January 2015|

Todd Larsen has always had a keen interest in wildlife biology and conservation, and communicating that passion through environmental education. He has worked in a variety of disciplines including spotted owl research in California, horse guiding in Jasper, and outdoor education in Nova Scotia. With his position as Program Manager [...]

Jan2015

KCP Hiring Stewardship Coordinator

January 2015|

KCP Stewardship Coordinator (.50FTE – 12 month renewable contract) Location flexible within the Kootenay Region The Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) is a network of over 70 partner organizations working collaboratively to conserve and steward private land throughout the Kootenay Region. Our partners include First Nations, conservation and agricultural organizations, forestry [...]

Dec2014

Faces & Places: Claire de la Salle

December 2014|

Claire de la Salle has been KCP’s Stewardship Coordinator since 2013. She has now stepped down from this position to pursue other passions. However, over the past 18 months, Claire has offered great energy, dedication and passion towards enhancing stewardship efforts across the Kootenays. Here are a few highlights of her [...]

Dec2014

Holiday Gifts from the KCP

December 2014|

        Happy Holidays from the KCP! We have a number of gifts under the KCP tree for you to enjoy. Please click on the following links to unwrap them: Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund Voters in the rural areas around Kootenay Lake voted 'Yes' to establishing a [...]

Dec2014

Voters say ‘Yes’ to clean water, wildlife, and open space

December 2014|

The rural areas around Kootenay Lake have become the second region Canada to adopt a comprehensive local conservation fund tax. On November 15, 2014 voters in the Regional District of Central Kootenay (Areas A, D, and E) around Kootenay Lake said ‘yes’ to clean water, wildlife, and open space. The [...]

Nov2014

Faces & Places Feature: Adrian Leslie

November 2014|

KCP is pleased to feature Adrian Leslie, our newest member of the KCP Executive Committee who was elected at KCP's AGM in October. Adrian moved to the Kootenays twelve years ago to play in the snow. He has been working throughout the Columbia Basin on ecosystem conservation, restoration and research ever [...]

Nov2014

KCP launches Winter Webinar Series with CBWN

November 2014|

The KCP is excited to announce that it is partnering with the Columbia Basin Watershed Network to host a series of monthly conservation webinars this winter. Click here for more information and to register. 

Sep2014

Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund Request for Proposals now open!

September 2014|

The Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) and Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) are seeking proposals for projects that will benefit conservation in the area from Spillimacheen to Canal Flats utilizing the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund (CVLCF). To apply for funding click here and review the Terms of Reference paying particular [...]

Sep2014

Top of the Lake Community Shoreline Clean-Up

September 2014|

On Sunday September 28th, sixteen people showed up to help out with the shoreline clean-up in Argenta. Volunteers managed to pull a full pick up truck worth of garbage off the beach including fridges, freezers and tires. Locals suspect that a lot of this garbage came from a blow out [...]

Sep2014

2014

September 2014|

The Kootenay Conservation Program awarded our annual Conservation Leadership awards as part of our Annual Gathering in Creston.

Sep2014

Executive Committee

September 2014|

The KCP Executive Committee is elected from representatives of the KCP Steering Committee and provides ongoing feedback and support for KCP operations. Derek Petersen - Ecosystem Scientist, Parks Canada Derek currently coordinates the Ecological Integrity Monitoring Program for Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks.  Derek’s 30 year career with Parks Canada [...]

Sep2014

KCP Gathering to focus on Biodiversity Offsetting

September 2014|

On September 26-27, KCP partners will gather in Creston to learn more on the topic of biodiversity offsetting. Biodiversity offsets are defined as “measurable conservation outcomes resulting from actions designed to compensate for significant residual adverse biodiversity impacts arising from project development after appropriate prevention and mitigation measures have been [...]

Sep2014

KCP 2013-2014 Annual Report

September 2014|

The KCP's 2013-2014 Annual Report is now available. To view, please click on the image below.    

Sep2014

Top of the Lake Shoreline Clean-Up

September 2014|

The Kootenay Conservation Program is teaming up with Friends of the Lardeau River and Friends of Kootenay Lake to organize a community shoreline clean-up in the north end of Kootenay Lake.     When: Sunday September 28th 10:00am-1:00pm Where: Rendezvous at the Argenta boat launch (4.3km south from intersection of Duncan [...]

Sep2014

KCP Launches Bursary Program!

September 2014|

With the generous support of the Columbia Basin Trust, the Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) is pleased to launch a Professional Development Bursary Program! This program will provide financial assistance to our partner organizations to allow their staff and volunteers to attend professional development activities.  To read more about this program [...]

Aug2014

Faces & Places Feature: Marc-André Beaucher

August 2014|

The Creston Valley has been home of Marc-André for nearly two decades. During this time he has worked on a range of conservation and wildlife related projects, from cavity nesting birds in forest ecosystems of the Rockies, to reptiles and amphibians in wetland ecosystems of the Central and West Kootenays. [...]

Aug2014

KCP AGM & Gathering in Creston: September 26-27

August 2014|

The KCP Annual Gathering and AGM will take place in Creston from September 26-27. The event will kick off with a lunch at noon on Friday, September 26th in the banquet room at the Ramada Hotel in Creston. Following this, presentations will be made on the topic of Biodiversity Offsetting and the KCP [...]

Aug2014

KCP’s August eNews

August 2014|

KCP's August eNews has arrived! Check it out by clicking here.

Jul2014

Real Estate Foundation of BC Announces Finalists for Land Awards

July 2014|

                July 9, Vancouver, BC The Real Estate Foundation of BC today announced that Gary Runka will be the posthumous recipient of this year’s Land Champion award. Runka passed away in July, 2013. The Land Champion is honoured for outstanding work in sustainable [...]

Jul2014

KCP returns from ‘On the Road’ Kootenay Field Tour

July 2014|

From June 25-26, the KCP took partners on an 'On the Road' cross-Kootenay tour. Thirty-five participants journeyed from grasslands in the East Kootenays to wetlands in the West Kootenays. Throughout the tour, local experts shared their regional experiences and knowledge around land securement, ecosystem restoration, offsite offsets, and capacity building. You [...]

Jun2014

Kootenay Conservation Program Applauds RDCK’s Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund Effort

June 2014|

June 21, 2014 - Nelson, British Columbia The Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) congratulates the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) for its strong commitment to protecting our natural heritage through the creation of the Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund. Residents will now decide whether they share this commitment on November 15, 2014 [...]

May2014

2014 Kootenay Conservation Leadership Awards now open!

May 2014|

This award recognizes individual(s) that are proven leaders in the field of conservation. Their work is primarily based in the Kootenays, although they may also be very active in other geographic regions. Although nominees are not required to be affiliated with a KCP partner, they must show a demonstrated commitment [...]

May2014

Endangered Frog Takes a Leap Forward

May 2014|

Two thousand captive bred and hatched tadpoles were released into the Columbia Marshes on May 26th. Photo: Cam Gillies The endangered Northern Leopard Frog (Lithobates pipiens), the most at-risk amphibian in British Columbia, is taking a leap forward on its path to recovery, largely due to the coordinated work of [...]

Jan2014

KCP welcomes a new Executive Committee

January 2014|

KCP welcomes a new 2013-2014 Executive Committee The Executive Committee is made up of elected representatives from the steering committee and provides ongoing feedback and support for KCP operations. Derek Petersen - Ecosystem Scientist, Parks Canada Derek currently coordinates the Ecological Integrity Monitoring Program for Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National [...]

Jan2014

KCP Wins BC Hydro Award

January 2014|

The Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) has been presented with a $3750 donation through BC Hydro’s FirstWave program. The objective of this program is to educate and empower students to take action on conservation within their community. The classroom resources available are developed by B.C. teachers and are designed to encourage [...]

Dec2013

Conservation Fund helped preserve Columbia Lake Lot 48

December 2013|

The conservation of District Lot 48, located on the undeveloped eastern side of Columbia Lake, is hailed as the finest example of multi-faceted cooperation when it comes to conservation in the East Kootenay’s recent history.  It took about two decades of negotiation, discussion and organization, resulting in several agencies working [...]

Oct2013

2013

October 2013|

This year the KCP recognized Wayne McCrory and Hillary Page for their outstanding contributions to conservation across the region.

Oct2013

Local Conservation Fund benefits Thunder Hill Ranch and area

October 2013|

In 2004, Thunder Hill Ranch owner Brian McKersie welcomed the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) onto his large ranch, located alongside Columbia Lake north of Canal Flats, making the Thunder Hill Ranch Ecosystem Restoration Project the first ranching / conservation partnership project in the region. One of the largest operational [...]

Oct2013

RDEK Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund (CVLCF) Named Finalist for Land Awards

October 2013|

The Regional District of East Kootenay’s (RDEK) Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund has been named as a Finalist for the Real Estate Foundation of BC’s fourth annual Land Awards Gala. “To have the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund recognized on this provincial scale for its innovation and leadership in the [...]

Oct2013

Lake Windermere Ambassadors bolstered by Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund

October 2013|

Because of a myriad of pressures on Lake Windermere from development and recreational use, the health of the waterway remains a concern for all residents, visitors and relevant government agencies. Recognizing the need for updated scientific findings and study on the lake, and the need for continued study, the Lake [...]

Sep2013

Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund Call for Proposals now open!

September 2013|

The Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) and Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) are seeking proposals for projects that will benefit conservation in the area from Spillimacheen to Canal Flats utilizing the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund (CVLCF). To apply for funding click here.  Please review the Terms of Reference paying [...]