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04 Aug2020

Government of Canada protecting species at risk habitat in British Columbia

August 2020|News|

Species at Risk in the Kootenays From: Environment and Climate Change Canada News release as a PDF: https://kootenayconservation.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/ECCC-News-Release-KCP-Kootenay-Connect.pdf   August 4, 2020 – Vancouver, British Columbia Protecting nature is an essential part of addressing biodiversity loss and fighting climate change. Here in Canada, and around the world, we need transformative [...]

29 Jun2020

2020 Spring Tour

June 2020|Events, News, Spring Tours|

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 presentations. [...]

30 Apr2020

2020 KLLCF Funded Projects announced

April 2020|News|

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 [...]

30 Apr2020

2020 CVLCF Funded Projects announced

April 2020|News|

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 [...]

26 Mar2020

A Case for Conservation

March 2020|News|

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 crucial [...]

27 Aug2019

Overwintering success for Northern Leopard Frog project

August 2019|Local Conservation Fund, News|

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 [...]

01 Aug2019

Faces & Places: Cam Gillies

August 2019|Faces and Places, News|

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 [...]

29 Jul2019

The Pipe Ram: a wildlife good-news story

July 2019|News|

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 [...]

22 Jul2019

Saving Land for Bears and Badgers

July 2019|News|

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 [...]

15 Jul2019

Stewardship Solutions Promotion Package

July 2019|News|

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 [...]

01 Jul2019

Faces & Places: Marcy Mahr

July 2019|Faces and Places, News|

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 [...]

26 Jun2019

West Kootenay Spring Tour concludes

June 2019|Events, News|

 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 from [...]

01 Jun2019

Faces & Places: Robyn Hooper

June 2019|Faces and Places, News|

The Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society (CSISS) is one of three invasive species non-profits within the Kootenay Conservation Program service area dedicated to preventing and managing the spread of invasive species. While all three organizations share the mandate of minimizing the impacts of invasive species in their respective regions, they [...]

30 Apr2019

Chris Bosman

April 2019|Faces and Places, News|

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 [...]

31 Mar2019

Tim Hicks

March 2019|Faces and Places, News|

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 [...]

30 Jan2019

Leigh Anne Isaac

January 2019|Faces and Places, News|

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 [...]

30 Nov2018

Michael Proctor

November 2018|Faces and Places, News|

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 wife had moved up from the States after buying a 40-acre piece [...]

31 Oct2018

Rob Frew

October 2018|Faces and Places, News|

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. [...]

30 Sep2018

Gerry Wilkie

September 2018|Faces and Places, News|

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 [...]

22 Aug2018

Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund accepting proposals

August 2018|Local Conservation Fund, News|

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, [...]

22 Aug2018

Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund accepting project proposals

August 2018|Local Conservation Fund, News|

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 [...]

30 Jul2018

Faces & Places: Gerry Nellestijn

July 2018|Faces and Places, News|

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 [...]

29 Jun2018

Faces & Places: Penny Ohanjanian

June 2018|Faces and Places, News|

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 [...]

26 Jun2018

2018 Spring Tours

June 2018|Events, News, Spring Tours|

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.

29 May2018

Faces & Places: Al Mallette

May 2018|Faces and Places, News|

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 [...]

27 Apr2018

Faces & Places: Joe Strong

April 2018|Faces and Places, News|

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 [...]

03 Apr2018

Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund celebrates 10 years

April 2018|Events, News|

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 [...]

28 Mar2018

Faces & Places: Jami Scheffer

March 2018|Faces and Places, News|

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 [...]

28 Feb2018

Avery Deboer-Smith

February 2018|Faces and Places, News|

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 [...]

29 Jan2018

Faces & Places: Wayne McCrory

January 2018|Faces and Places, News|

A registered professional wildlife biologist and conservationist with a long and distinguished career as a protector of bear habitat and biodiversity, Wayne McCrory has been instrumental in ensuring that wild areas remain wild and undeveloped. A Kootenay boy through and through, Wayne grew up in New Denver in the 1950s [...]

27 Nov2017

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

November 2017|Local Conservation Fund, News|

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 [...]

27 Oct2017

Faces & Places: Dave Zehnder

October 2017|Faces & Places OLD, News|

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 [...]

23 Oct2017

Local Conservation Fund Feature: Water Quality and Quantity Monitoring on Columbia Lake

October 2017|Local Conservation Fund, News|

Water testing on Columbia Lake in January 2016. CLSS Photo The Columbia Lake Stewardship Society (CLSS) has been working hard over the years on developing a water quality and quantity monitoring program on Columbia Lake. The objectives of the program are: 1) Water quality monitoring; 2) Water quantity [...]

02 Oct2017

2017

October 2017|Leadership Awards, News|

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

02 Oct2017

2017 Fall Gathering

October 2017|Fall Gathering, News|

Almost 50 people from the Kootenays and beyond came together in September for the 2017 KCP Fall Gathering at the Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort in Cranbrook to learn and share ideas on “Grassland to Wetlands: Connecting Diversity”.

26 Sep2017

Local Conservation Fund Feature: Kootenay Lake Shoreline Guidance Document

September 2017|Local Conservation Fund, News|

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 [...]

10 Aug2017

Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Project featured in The Valley Voice Newspaper

August 2017|News|

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. [...]

28 Jun2017

Faces & Places: Gary Tipper

June 2017|Faces & Places OLD, News|

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 [...]

28 Jun2017

Local Conservation Fund Feature: Going the Extra Mile for Grizzlies

June 2017|Local Conservation Fund, News|

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 [...]

28 May2017

Local Conservation Fund Feature: Winning the Battle Against Leafy Spurge

May 2017|Local Conservation Fund, News|

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 [...]

28 May2017

Faces & Places: Dave White

May 2017|Faces & Places OLD, News|

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 [...]

26 May2017

Network of the Networks

May 2017|News|

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 [...]

19 May2017

2017 Spring Tours

May 2017|Events, News, Spring Tours|

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 [...]

01 May2017

Faces & Places: Valerie Huff

May 2017|Faces & Places OLD, News|

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 [...]

01 May2017

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

May 2017|Local Conservation Fund, News|

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 [...]

05 Apr2017

Local Conservation Fund Feature: Windermere West

April 2017|Local Conservation Fund, News|

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 [...]

05 Apr2017

Faces & Places: Rob Neil

April 2017|Faces & Places OLD, News|

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 [...]

07 Mar2017

Save the Date! Fall Gathering

March 2017|Events, News|

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 [...]

07 Feb2017

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

February 2017|Local Conservation Fund, News|

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 [...]

07 Feb2017

Faces & Places: Bill Sanders

February 2017|Faces & Places OLD, News|

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 [...]

12 Jan2017

Conservation on private land in the Golden area

January 2017|Events, News|

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, [...]

26 Dec2016

Local Conservation Fund Feature: Water Quality and Quantity Monitoring Project

December 2016|Local Conservation Fund, News|

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 [...]

26 Dec2016

Faces & Places: Candace Batycki

December 2016|Faces & Places OLD, News|

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 [...]

08 Dec2016

New Webinar: Tools you Can Use for Reaching Landowners

December 2016|Events, News|

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, [...]

08 Dec2016

Conservation Planning in Revelstoke

December 2016|News|

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 [...]

06 Dec2016

Local Conservation Fund Feature Project: Climate and Water Conservation Action

December 2016|Local Conservation Fund, News|

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 [...]

02 Dec2016

Faces & Places: Grant Trower

December 2016|Faces & Places OLD, News|

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, [...]

30 Nov2016

2016

November 2016|Leadership Awards, News|

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

30 Oct2016

Faces & Places: Duncan Whittick

October 2016|Faces & Places OLD, News|

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 [...]

26 Oct2016

Local Conservation Fund Feature Project: Neighbourhood Invasive Plant Program

October 2016|Local Conservation Fund, News|

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 [...]

25 Sep2016

Local Conservation Fund Feature Project: Groundwater Monitoring

September 2016|Local Conservation Fund, News|

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 [...]

25 Sep2016

Faces & Places: Marlene Machmer

September 2016|Faces & Places OLD, News|

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 [...]

01 Sep2016

Faces & Places: Lee-Anne Walker

September 2016|Faces & Places OLD, News|

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 [...]

25 Aug2016

Local Conservation Fund Feature Project: Northern Leopard Frogs

August 2016|Local Conservation Fund, News|

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 [...]

02 Aug2016

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

August 2016|News|

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 [...]

02 Aug2016

Remembering Kelly Diamond

August 2016|News|

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 [...]

01 Aug2016

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

August 2016|Local Conservation Fund, News|

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 [...]

01 Aug2016

Faces & Places: Ian Parfitt

August 2016|Faces & Places OLD, News|

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 [...]

19 Jul2016

2016 Kootenay Lake LCF Funding

July 2016|News|

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 [...]

11 Jul2016

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

July 2016|Events, News|

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 [...]

11 Jul2016

Webinar Recording: Collaborations in Large Landscape Initiatives Across North America

July 2016|Events, News|

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 [...]

02 Jun2016

New KCP Program Manager

June 2016|Faces & Places OLD, News|

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 [...]

12 Feb2016

Webinar Recording: History of the Blackfoot Challenge Watershed

February 2016|Events, News|

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 [...]

27 Jan2016

Webinar Recording: Yellowstone to Yukon Initiative (Y2Y)

January 2016|Events, News|

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 [...]

20 Dec2015

Faces & Places: Kelly Diamond

December 2015|Faces & Places OLD, News|

  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 [...]

29 Sep2015

KCP seeks Administrative and Communications Coordinator

September 2015|News|

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 [...]

23 Sep2015

Faces & Places: Rachel Darvill

September 2015|Faces & Places OLD, News|

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 [...]

28 Aug2015

CVLCF Technical Review Committee Alternate – Expressions of Interest

August 2015|News|

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 [...]

25 Aug2015

Faces & Places: Richard Klafki

August 2015|Faces & Places OLD, News|

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 [...]

21 Aug2015

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

August 2015|Events, News|

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 [...]

30 Jul2015

Faces & Places: Greg Utzig

July 2015|Faces & Places OLD, News|

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 [...]

28 Jun2015

Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund Field Tour

June 2015|Events, News|

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 [...]

28 Jun2015

Faces & Places: Megan Peloso

June 2015|Faces & Places OLD, News|

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 [...]

02 Jun2015

June KCP eNews

June 2015|eNewsletter, News|

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.  

26 May2015

Faces & Places: Jennifer Vogel

May 2015|Faces & Places OLD, News|

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. [...]

01 May2015

Faces & Places: Adrienne Shaw

May 2015|Faces & Places OLD, News|

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 [...]

26 Mar2015

Faces & Places: Todd Hebert

March 2015|Faces & Places OLD, News|

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 [...]

03 Mar2015

KCP March eNews

March 2015|eNewsletter, News|

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.

30 Jan2015

Faces & Places: Todd Larsen

January 2015|Faces & Places OLD, News|

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 [...]

09 Jan2015

KCP Hiring Stewardship Coordinator

January 2015|News|

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 [...]

22 Dec2014

Holiday Gifts from the KCP

December 2014|News|

        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 [...]

30 Sep2014

Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund Request for Proposals now open!

September 2014|News|

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 [...]

30 Sep2014

2014

September 2014|Leadership Awards, News|

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

30 Sep2014

Executive Committee

September 2014|News|

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 [...]

19 Sep2014

KCP Gathering to focus on Biodiversity Offsetting

September 2014|Events, News|

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 [...]

17 Sep2014

Top of the Lake Shoreline Clean-Up

September 2014|Events, News|

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 [...]

02 Sep2014

KCP Launches Bursary Program!

September 2014|News|

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 [...]

08 Jul2014

KCP returns from ‘On the Road’ Kootenay Field Tour

July 2014|Events, News|

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 [...]

30 Jun2014

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

June 2014|News|

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 [...]

27 May2014

Endangered Frog Takes a Leap Forward

May 2014|News|

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 [...]

28 Jan2014

KCP welcomes a new Executive Committee

January 2014|News|

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 [...]

23 Jan2014

KCP Wins BC Hydro Award

January 2014|News|

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 [...]

19 Dec2013

Conservation Fund helped preserve Columbia Lake Lot 48

December 2013|News|

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 [...]

22 Oct2013

2013

October 2013|Leadership Awards, News|

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

15 Oct2013

Local Conservation Fund benefits Thunder Hill Ranch and area

October 2013|News|

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 [...]

15 Oct2013

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

October 2013|News|

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 [...]

10 Oct2013

Lake Windermere Ambassadors bolstered by Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund

October 2013|News|

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 [...]

17 Sep2013

Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund Call for Proposals now open!

September 2013|News|

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 [...]

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