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20 Aug2020

Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund 2021 Request for Proposals

August 2020|News, Uncategorized|

The Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) and Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) are seeking proposals for projects that will benefit conservation in the rural areas around Kootenay Lake, specifically electoral areas A, D, and E within the RDCK. The purpose of the Fund is to provide local financial support for [...]

20 Aug2020

Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund 2021 Request for Proposals

August 2020|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). The purpose of the Fund is to provide local financial support for important [...]

20 Aug2020

CVLCF Technical Review Committee Expressions of Interest

August 2020|News, Uncategorized|

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) in partnership with the Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) are seeking qualified members for the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund (CVLCF) Technical Review Committee (TRC). The role of the TRC is to make recommendations on allocating annual funding for conservation projects for the area [...]

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 Virtual Spring Tour

June 2020|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 [...]

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 [...]

26 Jun2019

West Kootenay Spring Tour concludes

June 2019|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 [...]

17 Oct2018

2018

October 2018|Leadership Awards, News|

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.

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 [...]

30 Jul2018

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 [...]

26 Jun2018

2018 Spring Tours

June 2018|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.

27 Nov2017

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

November 2017|Local Conservation Fund, News|

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 to supply water for human use and to support biodiversity will be increasingly impacted by [...]

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; [...]

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 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 to an increase in development pressure on Kootenay Lake. Fisheries and Oceans Canada completed a Foreshore Inventory and Mapping [...]

10 Aug2017

Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Project featured in The Valley Voice Newspaper

August 2017|News|

Toad Sign at Fish Lake. Photo by Marcy Mahr 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

19 May2017

2017 Spring Tours

May 2017|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 east [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

07 Mar2017

Save the Date! Fall Gathering

March 2017|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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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.

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

02 Jun2016

New KCP Program Manager

June 2016|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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

21 Aug2015

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

August 2015|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 [...]

28 Jun2015

Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund Field Tour

June 2015|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 [...]

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 [...]

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 Local Conservation [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

19 Sep2014

KCP Gathering to focus on Biodiversity Offsetting

September 2014|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 [...]

17 Sep2014

Top of the Lake Shoreline Clean-Up

September 2014|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 [...]

08 Jul2014

KCP returns from ‘On the Road’ Kootenay Field Tour

July 2014|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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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