Welcome to our February edition of eNews. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome our friends and colleagues (new and old) throughout the West Kootenay Region who are just joining our eNews for the first time. We will do our best each month to share, inform, educate, notify, and exchange ideas on topics of interest to Kootenay residents involved in conservation. If you have any ideas for improving the structure and content of the eNews, or wish to un-subscribe, be sure to let us know. We look forward to growing our readership and also ensuring we deliver only the material of utmost importance and interest to you all.


All our best to you in this new year,




EKCP is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. David (Dave) Hillary as the new EKCP Program Manager and Ms. Marcy Mahr as the new EKCP Stewardship and Communications Manager. Dave and Marcy will be sharing the roles and responsibilities of the previous EKCP Program Managers. They bring a wealth of knowledge and directly related experience, as well as East and West Kootenay perspectives. 


Dave lives in Invermere and is the President and C.E.O. of Conservation by Design Inc., a full service consulting firm specializing in decision-support consulting and program/project management. Prior to this position, Dave was the Director of Development for the North America Partnerships Initiative and Program Manager -Canadian Rocky Mountains at the Nature Conservancy of Canada. In his new role with the EKCP, Dave will focus on organizational development, securement, fundraising, and capacity building along with expansion of services into the West Kootenay region.


Marcy lives in New Denver, and has spent the last 25 years working across the fields of land conservation, field ecology, conservation biology and sustainable agriculture. She has a Masters of Science in Plant Ecology, and over the years broadened her scope of work to include landscape scale biodiversity initiatives in the Columbia Basin, Canadian Rockies, and Yellowstone to Yukon region. Prior to joining EKCP she worked as a consultant for EKCP's Securement Team as well as CBT & Wildsight's Know Your Watershed program. In her new role with the EKCP, Marcy will focus on science, stewardship, and communications along with expansion of our services into the West Kootenay region.


Dave and Marcy know many of you already and look forward to connecting and/or reconnecting with all of you in the coming weeks and months.


Welcome aboard, Dave and Marcy! Best wishes to all of our Partners in the New Year!


Nancy Newhouse

EKCP Executive Committee, Chair 



Columbia Basin Trust: Columbia River Treaty (CRT) 

Local governments are collaborating on community engagement and education. Elected officials from local municipalities and regional districts have been appointed to the newly-formed Columbia River Treaty Local Governments' Committee (the committee). The committee's primary task is to engage with local governments and residents in the Columbia Basin around the future of the Columbia River Treaty (CRT). Committee members include Deb Kozak, Councillor Nelson (Chair); Karen Hamling, Mayor Nakusp (Vice-Chair); Hans Cunningham, Area G Director RDCK; Marguerite Rotvold, Chair RDKB; Mike Sosnowski, Area A Director RDEK; Wayne Stetski, Mayor Cranbrook; Linda Worley, Area B Director RDKB; Christina Benty, Mayor Golden; Loni Parker, Area B Director CSRD; and Christine Latimer, Councillor Valemount.For more information click here. 


Columbia Basin Trust's Environment Initiatives Program Survey [Deadline February 15]

CBT would like to get a sense of the kinds of resources your group or organization requires in order to strengthen your ability to address environmental challenges. The survey will be open until February 15th for comment. The intent of this survey is to identify the needs of community groups and organizations working in the environmental field throughout the Columbia Basin. If you have questions about this survey, please contact Columbia Basin Trust at 

1-800-505-8998 or cbt@cbt.org.


Columbia Wetland Stewardship Partners

Check out the re-designed CWSP website with updated information and beautiful photos. For more information, contact Bob Jamieson at bjamieson@cintek.com or 250-422-3322.


CBEEN's Wild Voices for Kids program

is currently competing with 32 other organizations for a chance to win a $25,000 grant from Shell Canada's Fuelling Change Program. To win,CBEEN needs your help. Please click here, sign-up, and vote for Wild Voices. With each registration you get10 votes. Voting ends April 30. WVFK coordinates hundreds of FREE in-class or fieldtrips every year for students in grades K-12 and provides an extra spark to classroom learning or field trips.During the 2010-2011 school year, close to 7,000 students took part in a WVFK program from one of 44 Community Educators. Please click today!


Wings Over the Rockies  

Here is an opportunity to be involved with the 16th Annual Wings Over the Rockies Festival by purchasing advertising space in their Calendar Brochure. This year's Festival entitled,Our Backyard, the Envy of the World, will be held May 7-13th, 2012. Advertising gives your organization or business exposure to several hundred Festival-goers, and also supports the cost of bringing this Festival to the Columbia Valley for its 16th year! Contact Jamie Sheffer at info@wingsovertherockies.org for advertising rates or visit their website for more information about the Festival.   



Gaming Grants

The Province of BC has reinstated the BC Community Gaming Grants to the tune of $135 million. Environmental groups are eligible to apply. Click here to obtain an application and find out more about eligibility, guidelines, and deadlines. 


Mountain Equipment Co-op Community Contributions

MEC's Vision is that Canada will be home to the world's most comprehensive network of parks and protected areas and sustain the world's most outstanding outdoor playground.Self-propelled outdoor activity will be a primary feature of Canadian culture and lifestyle.  Grants are available for:Land Acquisitions; Capacity Building's Research; Advocacy and Education; Access Activity; Urban Sustainability.

Deadline:September 10 and March 10 annually.


Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation  [Deadline March 31]

HCTF is a proposal driven organization and invite proposals from anyone who has a good idea that seeks to benefit fish, wildlife, and habitat in BC.

Deadline: Acquisition Project Applications - March 31.


Columbia Basin Trust Youth Grants

Columbia Basin Youth Grants (CBYG) is a program focusing on projects that build youth capacity and leadership and involve youth at all stages of project development. CBT works with proponents throughout the process. Grant applications are evaluated and grants awarded by the youth on CBT's Youth Advisory Committee twice a year. If your organization has a youth-inspired and -led project in mind, apply for CBYG. The next deadline for applications is February 27, 2012. For further information or to schedule a youth grant writing workshop, contact Michelle d'Entremont at mdentremont@cbt.org or call 1-800-505-8998. Guidelines and applications are available here.


February 9, 2012 - Castlegar, BC

The next Environmental Networking Seminar Lunches features the Waneta Dam Expansion Project's (WAX) Environmental Manager Amber Ashenhurst, MSc, RPBio, who will delve into the inside world of environmental management on the project.

Time: 11:30 -1:30
Location: Castlegar, Selkirk College Staff Lounge
Cost: $10, Selkirk Students $5

Environment Networking Seminar Lunches (ENSL) are sponsored by Kootenay Association for Science & Technology (KAST) and designed to bring together students and the environmental science and business communities in the West Kootenay, the ENSL series features presentations by local scientists working in the environmental sector, lunch and networking.


February 27-March 1, 2012, Kelowna, BC

The Fresh Outlook Foundation is hosting its 5th Building SustainAble Communities conference at the Delta Grand Resort in Kelowna, BC. The program is inspired by 75 industry experts on 11 planning committees, and features a variety of plenaries, breakouts, panels, workshops, debates, and interactive sessions to provide opportunities for enhanced communication and collaboration. Click here for more information and to register. 


February 28th-March 1, 2012 - Ottawa, ON

The Invasive Plant Council of BC is encouraging attendance at the National Invasive Species Forum. The purpose of the forum is to share knowledge and information, between invasive species managers from non-government organizations and all levels of government, on invasive species management in Canada with a three-part focus on prevention, early response and collaborative efforts. Forum topics will increase awareness of national initiatives, spotlight provincial or regional successes and include working sessions to identify actions to improve collaboration on key issues. Click here for more information and to register. 


March 2-3, 2011 - Invermere, BC

Finding Balance: A Forum on Community, Environment and the Economy in the Columbia Valley

is being hosted by Wildsight. Come learn more about building a conservation economy in our communities; measuring genuine wealth, an alternative to conventional economic yardsticks; economic impacts and benefits of conservation and protected areas; sustaining and greening small businesses; how environmental quality is linked to prosperity; and seeing the economic value of our natural capital and ecosystem services.


April 18-19, 2012, Cranbrook, BC

Columbia Mountain Institute for Applied Ecology is hosting Urban Wildlife: Challenges and Management on at the Rocky Mountain Prestige Hotel, Cranbrook BC. Wildlife numbers are increasing within many British Columbia municipalities, leading to more interactions with humans and our infrastructure. Interactions can lead to property damage, public safety issues, public health concerns, impacts on biodiversity, and death or suffering of wildlife. Deer, elk, coyotes, moose, geese, racoons, bears, and other animals can become more than a nuisance, putting themselves and humans at risk. Through a combination of presentations, posters, and field trips, this conference will address the environmental, social, and economic issues related to wildlife in urban settings. For details, a speaker list, and to register, click here.


GBOP Job Position Opening: Executive Director [Deadline: March 5, 2012] 

The Grizzly Bear Outreach Project (GBOP) promotes an accurate understanding of grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, and cougars in the North Cascades and Northern Rockies through community education and involvement. We work very closely with community members in a non-advocacy setting by gauging knowledge and opinions; providing easy access to accurate information about these species' ecology, safety, behavior, and recovery of both grizzly bears and wolves.


GBOP is seeking an individual to serve as Executive Director who will give direction and leadership toward the achievement of the organization's philosophy, mission, strategy, and its annual goals and objectives as the organization begins its mission under new 501(c)(3) status and under a new name (yet to be determined). The Executive Director is responsible for overall strategic planning, revenue generation, financial management, organizational development, staff management and program operations. The Executive Director will work closely with staff to assist in carrying out the mission of the organization. To view job responsibilities and desired qualifications click here. Deadline: March 5, 2012. Starting Date: April 1st or sooner. Please send a cover letter and resume/cv to cassidykt@yahoo.com.



UN's Food and Agriculture Organization

In early December 2011, The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) published a report, titled Wildlife in a Changing Climate, describing consequences of climate change on wildlife, as well as potential measures to adapt to climate change, including restoring and adopting landscape approaches. Focusing on tropical terrestrial wildlife and habitats, the report notes that the biodiversity extinction crisis is likely to be made worse by climate change. The report explores issues related to: ecosystem change; species interactions; human-wildlife conflicts; wildland fires; health and diseases. As potential mitigating factors, it highlights goals related to: maintaining current ecosystems; adaptive management; restoring ecosystems; and landscape approaches. The paper also calls for developing and communicating information on the value of species and ecosystems to humanity, describes the role of protected areas, and discusses mainstreaming biodiversity needs.


For more information on international biodiversity issues check out the Biodiversity Policy & Practice website maintained by the International Institute for Sustainable Development.

US Forest Service unveils National Strategy and Implementation Plan for Invasive Species

The U.S. Forest Service publication is the first-ever national-level direction on the management of invasive species across aquatic and terrestrial areas of the National Forest System. Invasive species have been identified by the Chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service as one of the four significant threats to our Nation's forest and rangeland ecosystems. In response to this identified threat, a multidisciplinary team of specialists, managers, and researchers has worked together to produce this report.


POLIS Project on Ecological Governance

Check out their website featuring the "Water Sustainability Project" which is full or resources on emerging national water issues, innovative governance options, water law reforms and policy decision-making tools, and public awareness around the importance, and limits, of water in Canada


Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

NSERC regularly publishes an e-bulletin containing information about funding initiatives and grants. The agency supports university students in their advanced studies, promotes and supports discovery research, and fosters innovation by encouraging Canadian companies to participate and invest in postsecondary research projects. Learn more about upcoming funding deadlines and the NSERC Strategic Partner Grants.



Report a weed is an interactive mapping tool that assists land management agencies, non-government organizations and the general public in developing and delivering effective invasive management programs throughout BC.The RAW wizard takes you through 3 easy steps to report a suspected new sighting.

In the coming months we will update the EKCP website - www.ekcp.ca- including our contact information. In the meantime, feel free to reach Dave at 250-688-1508 or dave@ekcp.ca and Marcy at 250-358-2669 or marcy@ekcp.ca.


Dave Hillary

EKCP Program Manager