PROJECT OVERVIEW

The highlights for Year 1 (2019-20), Year 3 (2021-22) and Year 4 (2022-23) are listed below.

Year 1 Highlights

This map provides an overview of the available data for wildlife corridor identification in the study area.

This map shows the cumulative impacts in the Wycliffe study area.

This map shows the location of the principal wildlife corridor in the Wycliffe study area. 

Year 3 Highlights

The third year of the project (2021-22) marked a transition where most funding was put to ‘on-the-ground’ projects on the Complex, which was exciting after so much time and effort had been spent on the planning components. NTBC utilized Kootenay Connect Funds to hire the East Kootenay Invasive Species Council (EKISC) to implement work across the Complex, as recommended in the ISMP. This included inventory, chemical treatment, treatment monitoring, long-term effectiveness plot monitoring, data entry, and reporting. CBT funds supplemented this work. NTBC also managed several fence contracts across the Complex, on behalf of the partners. This work included the removal of unneeded fences, repairs to compromised fences, replacement of fences in poor or non-functioning condition as well as, new fence builds in previously unfenced locations.

Year 4 Highlights

The Nature Trust of BC (NTBC) and its partner organizations are enhancing habitat for species at risk in the Wycliffe Conservation Complex, including using wildlife-friendly fencing and managing invasive species. This video summarizes the project activities completed in Year 4 of Kootenay Connect.

Year 4 of the project (2022-23) marked another ambitious ‘on-the-ground’ effort guided by the annual work plan. With this anticipated workload, the Conservation Partners hired a project manager to assist with organizing contracts, project implementation and contract supervision and various administrative functions (chairing meetings, financial tracking, communications and assistance with reporting). For the invasive species work, NTBC utilized Kootenay Connect Funds to once again hire the East Kootenay Invasive Species Council (EKISC) and its subcontractor to implement work across the Complex, as recommended in the Invasive Species Management Plan. The fencing projects were primarily funded by ECCC/Kootenay Connect and CBT EEP funding. NTBC issued contracts for eight fence projects across the Complex, on behalf of the partners. This work included the removal of unneeded fences, repairs to compromised fences, replacement of fences in poor or non-functioning condition as well as, new fence builds in previously unfenced locations to protect and secure the conservation values within.