Conservation Resources

The following are a selection of some of the best conservation and stewardship resources available for our region listed in alphabetical order. Please email us if you have any additional resources that you think should be on this list.

BC Breeding Bird Atlas

British Columbia Breeding Bird Atlas Partnership

The British Columbia Breeding Bird Atlas partnership is proud to publish online one of the largest volunteer-based initiatives in British Columbia’s history, and a major new resource for conservation. Leading British Columbian bird experts describe the distribution, abundance, habitat and conservation of about 320 species of birds.

BC Species & Ecosystems Explorer

Government of BC Conservation Data Centre

Use the BC Species & Ecosystems Explorer to search for data and information about plants, animals and ecosystems in B.C.

BC Water Tool

Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development 

The BC Water Tool is a modular application which provides access to water related data and knowledge in support of sustainable resource management. On this site you’ll find custom watershed reports for every stream, river and watershed in the Kootenay Boundary Region. You’ll also find monitoring data from more than 50 organizations, at more than 50,000 locations across southern B.C.


BC Ministry of Forests and Range

This is the web portal for the Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification (BEC) and Ecology Research program of the British Columbia. This website is the source for information about the BEC system and access point for current and historical reports, maps, software, and other products of the program.

Building Resilience in the Kootenays

Kootenay Resilience

These pages describe a number of local projects that are: examining ongoing threats to biodiversity and communities; assessing vulnerabilities, and; identifying opportunities for building resiliency.

Canadian Columbia Basin Regional Framework for Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)

Canadian Columbia Basin Invasive Species Program

This AIS Program Framework was designed primarily to increase collaboration between regional committees and their partners in the Basin, such as local stewardship groups and provincial agencies, for delivering their AIS programs.

Center for Large Landscape Conservation Resource Library

Center for Large Landscape Conservation

The Center for Large Landscape Conservation strategically connects ideas, individuals, and institutions to catalyze collaboration and amplify progress toward the imperative of our time: to conserve Earth’s resilient, vital large landscapes. The Center is inspired and led by a team of professionals with heart who bring their expertise and experience to the cause in support of good science and government, vision and on-the-ground practice, engineering, and communications. The Center’s resource library provides access to ideas, tools for policy makers and practitioners, case studies, and more.

Climate Change Education Resources

Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN)

CBEEN has compiled an online library of climate change resources on its website. This is a one-stop shop that provides access to easy-to-use, localized and credible climate change resources and information for the Columbia Basin.

Columbia Basin Action Plan

Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program

The Columbia Basin Plan sets forth the strategic direction for the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) in the Columbia Region. The priority setting process is then described, followed by a short synopsis of the priority Action Plans. Taken together, this Basin Plan and the accompanying Action Plans present the FWCP priorities for investments in compensation activities within the Columbia Basin.

Columbia Basin Climate Source

Columbia Basin Trust & Selkirk College

The Columbia Basin Climate Source website was initiated by Columbia Basin Trust and developed by Selkirk College’s Applied Research and Innovation Centre. The site is for people seeking easy-to-understand information on climate change specific to communities throughout the Columbia Basin and boundary regions.

Columbia River Basin Biodiversity Atlas

Selkirk College Geospatial Research Centre

The Biodiversity Atlas has been developed with geographic information system (GIS) technology to provide information on biodiversity and help people learn, understand, and make decisions.

Conservation Atlas

Heart of the Rockies Initiative

The Heart of the Rockies Conservation Atlas is delivering the latest science in climate change adaptation and habitat connectivity to our land trust partners to help identify and validate selection of future conservation targets. This Atlas has a collection of spatial data specific to the conservation planning needs of our land trust partners. It is grouped into themed galleries: Connectivity, Habitat, Climate Change, Working Lands, and Planning. Thousands of additional datasets are also available to users through this platform.

Conservation Action Forum Summary Report: Columbia Valley

Columbia Wetlands Stewardship Program in partnership with Kootenay Conservation Program

On December 6, 2017, the Kootenay Conservation Program and Columbia Wetlands Stewardship Partners co-hosted the Columbia Valley Conservation Action Planning Forum in Invermere, B.C. During this full-day workshop, 36 participants representing diverse perspectives as scientists, resource managers, conservationists, rod and gun clubs, keepers of indigenous knowledge, and ranchers worked together to identify priority actions that would contribute to maintaining healthy fish and wildlife populations and ecological functions in the Columbia Valley over the next five years.

Conservation Action Forum Summary Report: Elk Valley

 Sparwood Fish and Wildlife Association in partnership with Kootenay Conservation Program

On May 29, 2019, the Kootenay Conservation Program hosted the Elk Valley Conservation Action Forum in Fernie, B.C. During this full‐day workshop, 28 participants representing diverse perspectives as scientists, resource managers, conservationists, fish and wildlife associations, industry representatives, and representatives of First Nations worked together to identify priority actions that would contribute to maintaining healthy fish and wildlife populations and ecological functions in the Elk Valley over the next five years.

Conservation Action Forum Summary Report: Lower Columbia

Kootenay Conservation Program & Partners

On October 2, 2018, the Kootenay Conservation Program and KCP Partners hosted the Lower Columbia Land Managers Conservation Action Forum in Trail, B.C. During this full day workshop and field tour, 32 participants representing diverse perspectives as scientists, resource managers, planners, land managers, conservationists, and representative officials worked together to identify priority needs and actions that will contribute to maintaining species and ecosystems at risk and their habitats in the Lower Columbia Valley over the next 5 years.

Conservation Action Forum Summary Report: Slocan Valley 

Slocan Lake Stewardship Society in partnership with Kootenay Conservation Program

In 2015, the Slocan Lake Stewardship Society (SLSS) embarked on a process to develop an Ecosystem-based Conservation Action Framework for Slocan Lake. The first step towards developing this framework included a compilation of the scientific research occurring in the watershed, which was called Resource Analysis Step #1 for an Ecosystem-based Conservation Action Framework for Slocan Lake. The second step was a collaborative forum held on February 23, 2017, in Silverton, BC, and is the focus of this report. The “Slocan Lake Watershed Science & Conservation Action Forum” was co-hosted by SLSS and the Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP), a conservation partnership that supports biodiversity conservation in the Kootenay region.

Conservation Resource Directory

Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative

To enhance communications and information exchange on landscape-level conservation efforts, the Great Northern LCC has developed an online resource directory containing descriptions of landscape initiatives and organizations that conduct conservation work within the Great Northern geographic area.

Cumulative Effects Framework

BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations (MFLNRO)

The province is implementing a cumulative effects framework, a management approach that close attention to a number of environmental, social and economic factors, including biodiversity, riparian conditions, water and air quality, fish and wildlife impacts, cultural and heritage concerns, community needs and economic development opportunities.

Environment Strategic Plan

Columbia Basin Trust

Five goals support the Trust’s strategic priorities for water and environment and will help focus the Trust’s Environment and Water Initiatives. They are presented here as distinct areas of focus, but the Trust recognizes the goals are intertwined and interdependent, and must be considered together in order to make progress toward environmental well-being.

Environmental Education Organization Directory

Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN)

CBEEN’s online searchable directory includes over 100 organizations that support environmental education opportunities for all ages in the Columbia Basin. This list can be searched and sorted by region, activity type, audience, and theme, and includes many KCP partners.

Field Guide to Site Classification & Identification for Southeast BC

BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations (MFLNRO)

This field guide presents site classification and identification information for ecosystems of the south-central Columbia Mountains in southeast British Columbia.

Forest Fuel Treatments for the Southern West Kootenays

Kutenai Nature Investigations Ltd.

This report prepared by Greg Utzig of Kutenai Nature Investigations Ltd. explores what types of fuel treatments would likely be most effective for application in forests in the Southern West Kootenays. The project has primarily involved a focused literature review of studies that assessed the efficacy of fuel treatments where those treatments have been tested under active wildfire conditions.

Forest Practices Board Reports & Publications

Forest Practices Board of B.C.

The Forest Practices Board serves the public interest as the independent watchdog for sound forest and range practices in British Columbia.

Green Shores for Homes Guide

Stewardship Centre for BC

Green Shores for Homes (GSH) is a program that focuses on positive steps to reduce the impact of residential development on shoreline ecosystems, and helps waterfront homeowners restore natural shorelines and enjoy the many benefits they bring.

Kootenay Connect Preliminary Report

Kootenay Connect

Dr. Michael Proctor from the Trans-Border Grizzly Project and Marcy Mahr from EcoMosaic Consulting captured the concept of Kootenay Connect in the document “Kootenay Connect: Riparian Wildlife Corridors for Climate Change”. This report outlines the concept of landscape connectivity in the Kootenays including biodiversity hot spots to focus on, provides a “proof of concept” for conservation actions to protect corridors, and outlines next steps moving forward.

Kootenay National Park Resource Database

Friends of Kootenay National Park

This Research Database contains over 600 references on research and monitoring in Kootenay National Park. It can be searched by author, subject or any key word and download digital copies of the reports where available.

Local Government Tools for Conservation

KCP Local Government Forum

The goal of the KCP Local Government Forum (held March 13, 2019) was to identify specific tools/resources required by local governments of the Kootenays to integrate conservation principles into planning. Video recordings of all the speakers and PDFs of the slideshow presentations are available on the KCP website.

NCC Resource Centre

Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is a leader in conservation science and planning. Learn more about some of the concepts and terms behind our work, or download some of our conservation planning documents.

Natural Legacies (securement) Toolkit

Land Trust Alliance of British Columbia

In 2014, the Land Trust Alliance of British Columbia embarked on an ambitious project known as the BC Conservation Toolkit. This project was designed to gather information of conservation in a simple, easy-to-use format for landowners, land trusts, professionals and municipalities.

Off-Road Vehicle Guide to B.C.’s Grasslands

Grasslands Conservation Council of BC

The recreational and commercial use of off-road vehicles (ORV) continues to grow in British Columbia and there is an ongoing need to promote their safe, responsible use. The Grasslands Conservation Council of British Columbia (GCC) recently updated its guidelines for ORV use on grasslands and produced a summary in a pocket-sized brochure.

RDCK Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund Guidance Document

Regional District of Central Kootenay

The Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund (KLLCF) was established in Electoral Areas A, D and E as a RDCK Service in 2014 to support conservation of aquatic systems and water, wildlife and habitat. In 2018, the RDCK commissioned a report to identify conservation priorities for this fund called the Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund Guidance Document.

Report Invasives BC App

Report a Weed BC

This Report Invasives app lets you report invasive species sightings anywhere in B.C. in a few quick and easy steps. Your report goes directly to a B.C. specialist for the reported species who will then coordinate follow-up activities with appropriate authorities when required. Downloads available for both Androids and iPhones.

Riparian Health Assessment

Cows and Fish

Wondering how to measure the health of your riparian area? This 4-page fact sheet will give you some ideas on why you may want to look at the health of your riparian area, and how you can use the information to make management decisions.

Species at Risk Fact Sheets

Species at Risk Partnerships on Agricultural Lands

Species at Risk Partnerships on Agricultural Lands (SARPAL) is an initiative supported by the Government of Canada under the National Conservation Plan. The goal of this initiative is to help recover and protect species listed under the federal Species at Risk Act (SARA) through voluntary stewardship on farmland where critical habitat for SARA-listed species are found.

Species at Risk Management Plan and Conservation Framework

BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

British Columbia is home to tens of thousands of plant and animal species living in a rich diversity of habitats. Many of these species and their habitats are at risk of extinction or extirpation. This site is a gateway to information about species and ecological communities (ecosystems) at risk in B.C.

Species at Risk Public Registry

Government of Canada

The Public Registry contains news, information, and documents related to species at risk in Canada. The website has been designed to help the public better understand Canada’s approach to protecting and recovering species at risk, learn about species at risk and what’s being done to help them, and get involved in decision making and recovery activities.

State of the Basin

Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute

The State of the Basin is an RDI initiative to monitor and report on information relating to well-being in the Columbia Basin-Boundary region. Understanding our region’s environmental vitality involves research focused on themes that include Biodiversity, Land (including food), Air (including climate), and Water.

Stewardship Practices Guide

Stewardship Centre for BC

The Stewardship Centre for BC offers free resources to the stewardship community. These diverse and comprehensive documents are available for use on all ecological projects. The Stewardship Practices series is intended to encourage people to take voluntary stewardship actions to safeguard wildlife and species at risk.

Taking Nature’s Pulse: The Status of Biodiversity in British Columbia

Biodiversity BC

This addresses the full range of land and freshwater biodiversity, including elements that overlap with the marine (saltwater) realm, such as salmon and seabirds, as well as important elements of biodiversity not addressed at a species or ecosystem level. It also discusses the pressures on biodiversity caused by human activity, including climate change.

Wildlife Connectivity: Fundamentals for Conservation Action

Center for Large Landscape Conservation

Conserving nature’s parts and processes requires working at ecosystem, landscape, and bioregional scales. Size matters in ecology; in general, the larger the scale of focus, the better the chance of conserving critical ecological processes such as hydrologic function, natural disturbance regimes, species life cycles, and functional trophic interactions. This document is intended as a guide in advancing wildlife corridor and ecological connectivity conservation.