Conservation in the Kootenays
Monthly eNews
November 1, 2019
Kootenay Connect receives Canada Nature Fund grant
Species at Risk get a boost in the Kootenays!
The Kootenay Conservation Program has recently been awarded $2 million over four years in a federal Environment and Climate Change Canada grant to protect and restore species-at-risk habitat and ecological connectivity in four biodiversity hotspots in the Kootenays.

Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund
Deadline: November 1  
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). Deadline is 4:30 p.m. MT.
 
Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund
Deadline: November 1  
KCP in partnership with the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) provides funding for projects that benefit conservation in the rural areas around Kootenay Lake, specifically Electoral Areas A, D, and E ( click here for map ) within the RDCK through the Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund (KLLCF). Deadline is 4:30 p.m. PT.

Stewardship Solutions
Online Promotion Package available online
Helping promote and distribute the Stewardship Solutions Online Toolkit and its accompanying printed handouts is made easy with this handy online promotional package. It includes easy-to-use content that can be copied and pasted into newsletters, websites and social media posts. You can also inquire about presentations for your organization or region. KCP will coordinate a limited number of presentations about Stewardship Solutions on a request basis.
Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society
Updates on Eco-Action Restoration Projects
The Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society (CKISS) is leading two restoration projects thanks to funding from the Eco Action Community Funding Program and the Columbia Basin Trust. Volunteers from J.L. Crowe Secondary School and Selkirk College are helping with a three-year restoration project at Beaver Creek Provincial Park in Trail to improve wildlife habitat and to reduce erosion along the creek bed. CKISS is also collaborating with the Valhalla Foundation for Ecology on restoration efforts at the Snk’Mip Marsh Sanctuary located at the northern end of Slocan Lake. Students at Lucerne School in New Denver recently assisted with those efforts. Click the above links for the project updates and photos.

Wildsight & Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y)
Chasing a Trace—Wolverine film tours the Kootenays
From November 5 to December 4, the wolverine film Chasing a Trace will be on tour through the Kootenays with 13 screenings in 13 communities. Join Y2Y and Wildsight for a screening of the 20-minute film in your community, followed by a presentation highlighting wolverine research happening in the region directly from biologists involved in Wolverine Watch—a collaborative venture that collects community science to better understand the needs of this strong, solitary wild animal.  

The Nature Trust of British Columbia
Quick action results in badger crossings
KCP visited the NTBC Columbia Wetlands - Edgewater property as part of its 2019 Fall Gathering Field Tour and two newly installed badger crossings linking the property under the highway generated much enthusiasm among participants. They’re the result of quick action and collaboration on the part of the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program and NTBC.

Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program
Updated Columbia Region Action Plans available now
The FWCP updated  2019 Columbia Region Action Plans  are now available. These updated ecosystem-based Action Plans define Priority Actions eligible for projects, and are based on input from agencies, First Nations, fish and wildlife stakeholders, and local citizens. Each updated plan includes actions to conserve and enhance the ecosystem and species of interest, and reflects our FWCP  vision and mission
FOKLSS 7th Annual Kootenay Lake Summit
November 8, Nelson
Registration is now open for the 2019 Kootenay Lake Summit that will be hosted at Taghum Hall. The focus of the 2019 Summit will be to provide residents with sound knowledge on the impacts climate change will have on the Kootenay Lake community and ecosystem. Get informed on the current research and knowledge the local community has on climate impacts to the lake, and get inspired by the brilliant work being done to plan for and mitigate these changes. Please register before October 25, 2019. This is a free event, however, there is a recommended donation of $20 to help the organization cover costs.

QGIS: Introduction & Level II — last chance to register!
November 18-19, Kimberley
Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology is offering this course in Kimberley with Richard Johnson. This free, open source QGIS program is used and supported by a world-wide array of developers. Learn how to use this program to produce maps from public databases and your own knowledge. The course is presented over two days, with the option of taking both days, or just one of the two courses presented. The course is presented in a workshop style with minimal formal presentation. A significant portion of the course allows students to work on their own computer. Registration closes November 4.

Critical Habitat Screening Workshop — last chance to register! 
November 19, Kimberley 
Habitat loss and modification are leading causes of population decline in many rare and endangered species. The federal Species At Risk Act (SARA) describes Critical Habitat (CH) as the habitat that is necessary for the survival or recovery of a listed wildlife species (schedule 1), and that is identified as the species’ critical habitat in a recovery strategy or in an action plan for the species. Many projects now require screening for critical habitat (CH) as part of the impact assessment process. The workshop leaders will be: Katrina Stipec, BC Conservation Data Centre, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy; Lynn Campbell, Species at Risk Biologist with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy; Celina Willis, Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment and Climate Change Canada; and Chloe Boynton, Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment and Climate Change Canada. Registration closes November 4.

Presentation on Marsh Bird Monitoring in the Wetlands
November 19, Golden
Marsh birds are inconspicuous and difficult to detect, but global reports suggest that many marsh bird species populations are in decline. For four years, the Columbia Wetlands Marsh Bird Monitoring Project has been conducting repeated point count surveys at 65 survey stations in the Columbia Wetlands. Project biologist Rachel Darvill will be presenting information on this project at the Okanagan Regional Library in Golden from 7-9 p.m., including what has been learned about marsh bird populations in the Columbia Wetlands, and where we should go from here.

2019 EKISC Agriculture Learning Symposium on Invasive Weed Management
November 21, Fort Steele
The 2019 Agricultural Learning Symposium on Invasive Weed Management is an exciting opportunity for anyone in the agriculture industry including ranchers, market farmers, the public, government staff, industry and academics from across the Pacific Northwest Region and beyond, to network and to share their knowledge and expertise about invasive species. Everyone is welcome. Tickets are $10 per person and pre-registration is required as there are limited seats available.  Click here to register online.

6th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Invermere
November 23, Invermere
As the annual fundraiser for the Wildsight Invermere Branch, the 6th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival will feature 11 films, door prizes, a silent auction and more. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a celebration of inspiring activism through film and art.

Fire in the Crown of the Continent - Save the Date!   
March 10-12, 2020, Cranbrook
The Crown of the Continent ecosystem (Crown) spans 72,000 km2 (almost 18 million acres) along the shared Rocky Mountain region of Montana, British Columbia and Alberta. Internationally recognized for its biodiversity, the Crown is one of North America's most ecologically diverse and jurisdictionally fragmented landscapes. Fire in the Crown of the Continent will take place at St. Eugene Resort in Cranbrook March 10-12, 2020.

Columbia Basin Symposia – Save the Date!
October 2-4, 2020, Trail / October 23-25, 2020, Golden
Every three years, Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) offers this free opportunity for the people of the Basin to get together, connect with each other and the Trust, work toward solutions to common issues and celebrate collective accomplishments and CBT’s 25th anniversary. In 2020 CBT will be offering two symposia in two locations. That way, more people can take part. The agendas will be identical, so save the date to attend only one. Anyone who lives in Columbia Basin Trust region is welcome to attend one of the symposia. And if you won’t be able to come in person, plan to participate online. More details to come. Registration opens Spring 2020. Be one of the first to register and learn about speakers and agenda highlights by subscribing to receive email updates about the Symposia.
Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund
Deadline: November 1   
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). 
 
Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund
Deadline: November 1   
KCP in partnership with the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) provides funding for projects that benefit conservation in the rural areas around Kootenay Lake, specifically Electoral Areas A, D, and E ( click here for map ) within the RDCK through the Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund (KLLCF).  

Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation Online Grants 
Deadline: November 1 
The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) is now accepting applications for  Enhancement & Restoration Stewardship , and  Caribou Habitat Restoration Fund  grants. Applications must be submitted through HCTF's online application system by 4:30pm on Friday, November 1st, 2019. Before beginning your application, please review the updated proposal writing guidelines and resources on  HCTF's website .

Columbia Basin Trust Environment Grants
Deadline: November 12
If you have an idea that will strengthen environmental well-being, this program could help support it. If your project requires more than $5,000, the Environment Grants intake is now open and will close November 12, 2019.

Vancouver Foundation Systems Change Grants - Develop Grants
Deadline: Ongoing
Systems Change Grants support projects that take action to address the root causes of pressing social, environmental or cultural issues by influencing the behaviours of populations, organizations, and institutions. Short-term grants (Develop grants) are a one-time application that can be submitted any time throughout the year; decisions are made the following month. 

Grassland and Rangeland Enhancement Program
Deadline: Ongoing
Delivered for the Columbia Basin Trust by the Kootenay Livestock Association, the Grassland and Rangeland Enhancement Program supports efforts to maintain and/or enhance grassland resources while meeting conservation, environmental and recreational objectives. Objectives include promoting the stewardship of the grassland resource, striving to maintain and enhance biodiversity and long-term fish and wildlife productivity in public grassland ecosystems and improving compatibility between livestock management and recreation use. 

Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program Community Engagement Grant
Deadline: Ongoing
The goal of the Community Engagement Grant is to provide an opportunity for FWCP stakeholders (e.g. environmental groups, rod and gun clubs, non-profits, stewardship organizations, government, and First Nations), to apply for small amounts of funding to support their conservation and enhancement work.  

Columbia Basin Trust Career Internship Program
Deadline: First-come, first-served basis
CBT's Career Internship Program provides wage funding for employers to hire college and university graduates in permanent, career-focused positions. Eligible employers are businesses, registered non-profits, municipalities, regional districts and Indigenous organizations within the Columbia Basin Trust region that have a demonstrated fiscal and organizational need for an intern and wage funding. The funding is up to 50 per cent of the new employee's wage over the first seven to 12 months, to a maximum of $25,000. The intern position must include a training plan that provides structured learning to the new employee and transitions to full-time, permanent employment at the end of the internship.
Living Lakes Canada
Administrative Director
Living Lakes Canada is seeking a passionate, creative, and driven Administrative Director to join their team. The successful candidate will have experience in the non-profit sector to manage and improve the efficiency of administrative operations. Responsibilities will include improving organizational systems and management, overseeing human resource requirements, administrative functions, meeting coordination and facilitation, funding administration and management, financial and reporting requirements, and developing operational procedures and policies. The deadline to apply is November 1.

Wildsight Kimberley-Cranbrook
Interim Branch Manager
The Interim Branch Manager provides leadership and management to ensure Wildsight Kimberley Cranbrook is as effective as possible in achieving the organization’s mandate. This goal is achieved by working directly with the Wildsight Kimberley Cranbrook Board of Directors, who set policy and strategic direction. This position is responsible for management, communications, outreach, fundraising, and administration. The Interim Branch Manager position is a part time staff position based out of the Wildsight Kimberley Cranbrook Office at 1650 Warren Ave in Kimberley. Deadline to apply is November 13.

Selkirk College
Seeking ideas for student projects that lead to paid internships
Dr. Adela Kincaid, Peace and Justice Studies Instructor and RDI research lead at Selkirk College, is extending an invitation to all environmental and social justice-oriented NGOs who have ideas for undergraduate student projects. Dr. Kincaid teaches an independent studies course at Selkirk College where students are required to complete a project that benefits NGOs. She has also applied for funding to continue these projects into the summer as paid internships. Your organization would benefit because each project is supported by research faculty expertise and students have access to software and various tools available at Selkirk College and the Applied Research and Innovation Center. Students benefit by gaining invaluable and experiential experiences by working directly with local NGOs. 
Contact Dr. Adela Kincaid at  akincaid@selkirk.ca  to discuss any environmental or social justice ideas for projects that you might have.

Wildsight Golden
Seeking volunteers for the Golden Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep Project  
The Golden Rocky Mountain Bighorn herd has reduced in size since 2016 and Wildsight Golden has begun the Golden Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep Project in hopes of helping this herd of sheep survive. They are asking for help looking for dead or alive sightings of Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep along Highways 95 between Radium and Golden and along Highway 1 east of Golden to the ten mile bridge. With the widening of Highway 1, these animals could face additional stressors and decline in number. Reporting of bighorn sheep and other   wildlife   takes place using the free   MAPS.ME app .
Selkirk College & Columbia Basin Trust
Climate change website launched
A new online source — 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.

Environmental Farm Plans
Species at Risk Fact Sheets now available online
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.

Association of State Wetland Managers
ASWM-NRCS Wetland Training Webinar Series - 2 more webinars left 
This webinar series has been designed to provide participants with a general level of knowledge about wetlands and wetland restoration options and considerations. Participants will come away from trainings with key knowledge, the ability to be more conversant about wetland issues, knowing what questions to ask when looking at restoration opportunities, and knowing when to contact or bring in an expert.

Stewardship Solutions Online Toolkit
For Landowners and Land Managers in the Kootenays
The KCP team has developed a fantastic resource for landowners and land managers in the Kootenay region featuring conservation groups engaged in landowner outreach in their respective regions. Find your "Conservation Neighbourhood" based on your location to access all the private land stewardship services available in your area. The toolkit is accessible online as an engaging and interactive website, or comes in the form of full-colour handouts that can also be downloaded from the website. The goal of this tool is to support organizations that do landowner outreach for conservation to showcase other organizations and services available in their region. This resource leverages the outreach work of partner organizations. Email  stewardship@kootenayconservation.ca if you would like print copies of the Stewardship Solutions for your region.

Kootenay Conservation Program
Conservation Resources for our Region
The Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) helps partners to coordinate and facilitate conservation efforts on private land, and in an effort to support this, KCP has developed a webpage that compiles some of the best conservation and stewardship resources available for our region.