Kootenay Conservation Program eNews
November 2015  

The KCP, and a number of our partners including the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), The Nature Trust of BC (TNTBC), Columbia Basin Trust (CBT), and Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program, Columbia Basin (FWCP), have been working very hard over the last year to help resolve a long-standing issue with conservation lands owned by The Land Conservancy of British Columbia (TLC) throughout the Kootenay Region. Read more here.
 
We hope you enjoy your monthly conservation update. You can read our blog at anytime during the month to check out current news and events. As always, please submit any news you'd like to share with our network by the 26th of each month to  info@kootenayconservation.ca.


Andy Shadrack
2015 KCP Conservation Leadership Award

The KCP is pleased to announce that Andy Shadrack is the winner of the 2015 Conservation Leadership Award. For 28 years, Andy Shadrack has been a champion for conservation in the Kootenays. His dedication to land conservation and stewardship is worth great celebration. Click here to find out more about the Conservation Leadership Award and for Andy's full story and photograph
 
KCP's annual Conservation Leadership Award recognizes individual(s) that are proven leaders that contribute to the field of conservation. Their work is primarily based in the Kootenays, a lthough they may also be very active in other geographic areas.  Although nominees are not required to be affiliated with a KCP partner organization, they must show a demonstrated commitment towards KCP's vision of "landscapes in the Kootenays that sustain naturally functioning ecosystems that can in turn support economic and social well-being."


Groundswell Network
Community Champions Program
The Community Champions Program engages not-for-profit organizations within British Columbia that demonstrate environmental leadership in their community. It provides these not-for-profit organizations a platform to highlight their initiatives that support conservation and the environment for the chance to win a $10,000 Community Champions conservation award. You can support Groundswell by voting here.
 
Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation
BC Photo Contest
The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation's Second Annual Photo Contest is now open! We're looking for spectacular images of BC's fish, wildlife and habitats, specifically:
  • Freshwater fish (species native to BC)
  • BC Wildlife (excluding marine mammals and those in captivity)
  • Landscape photos of freshwater fish and wildlife habitats, including lakes, rivers, wetlands, forests, and grasslands.
  • People engaged in activities that connect them with BC's fish, wildlife and habitats.
We've doubled the prize amounts this year, with a $500 VISA gift card for first place, and two runner-up prizes of a $250 VISA gift card. Full contest rules and digital entry forms available here.
Entry deadline is December 31st, 2015.
 
You can view a gallery of last year's winners  here.
 
Blue Lake  Centre
Firewood Party - November 7 at 11 am
Volunteers of all ages welcome. Splitting, moving and stacking firewood to prepare  the camp for winter. Enjoy the crisp fall air and great company! Bring your gloves, chain saws and splitting mauls if you have them. Delicious hot lunch provided. RSVP 250-426-3676.

Columbia Basin Trust
New Program to Strengthen Non-profits
Through our new Non-profit Advisors Program, non-profit organizations in the Basin can address a variety of organizational development needs. It offers non-profits a new approach to help increase capacity, become more sustainable and become more efficient. In addition to providing information resources, the program can connect a non-profit with an advisor who will assess the organization and provide recommendations. Where the advisor determines additional specialized consulting support is needed, the program may subsidize those services. 
Click here for more information.

EcoAction Community Funding Program
Deadline: November 1
The Program encourages action focused projects that will protect, rehabilitate or enhance the natural environment, and build the capacity of communities to sustain these activities into the future.
Click here for more information. 

Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation
Deadline: November 2
These grants are provided to projects that:  focus on freshwater wild fish, native wildlife species and their habitats; have the potential to achieve a significant conservation outcome; best represent the interests of the Trust Foundations' contributors, and maintain or enhance opportunities for fishing, hunting, trapping, wildlife viewing and associated outdoor recreational activities.
Click here for more information.

Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program
Deadline: November 13
If you have an idea for a project to conserve and enhance fish and wildlife, you may be eligible for an FWCP grant. The priority issues and recommended actions are reflected in the Columbia Basin Plan and a series of Action Plans. In addition to the priorities in the Action Plans, the FWCP's Columbia Regional Board is encouraging fall 2015 grant applicants to submit grant applications that result in on-the- ground or in-stream restoration and enhancement work
Click here for more information.

Waneta Terrestrial Compensation Project (WTCP)
Deadline: January 31
The WTCP provides up to $50,000/year for research or restoration projects in the Waneta/Trail, BC area. Preference is given to projects that focus on species at risk, or mitigating impacts related to the construction of the Waneta Expansion Project. Applications are now being accepted from non-profit organizations, for-profit organizations, and individuals. 
Click here for more information. 

Columbia Basin Trust Grassland and Rangeland Enhancement Program
Deadline: Ongoing
Over $200,000 still available for projects in 2015 - 2016.  Ranchers and individuals with Crown range tenures, environmental groups and non-profit societies are encouraged to apply for funding to improve and enhance grasslands and rangelands. Ranchers, for example, can use the support to build fences, install cattle guards and do other improvements on Crown land--activities that permit better livestock management practices and therefore result in better stewardship of rangelands.
Click here for more information.  

Kootenay Conservation Program Professional Development Bursary Program
Deadline: Ongoing
The Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) Professional Development Bursary Program provides financial assistance to our partner organizations to allow their staff and volunteers to attend professional development activities. It is funded by the generous support of the Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) and delivered by the KCP.
Click here for more information.   

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.
Click here for more information. 

Alpine Club of Canada
Deadline: January 31, 2016
The Alpine Club of Canada maintains or administers permanent funds to which people may apply for financial support for their mountain-related projects and initiatives. Support is provided in the form of annual cash grants and scholarships to individuals and groups who are judged as best meeting the selection criteria. Each year the ACC grants over $10,000 through these grants.
Click here for more information

Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation
Deadline: Ongoing
GO Grants provide field trip grants for K-12 classes and schools in B.C. toward transportation, project materials and program fees that support outdoor, hands-on learning in and about nature. In 2011, HCTF created GO Grants (formerly called the Conservation Education Assistance Fund) to help educators connect students with the outdoors and learn about B.C.'s fish, wildlife, habitats and biodiversity.
Click here for more information.


Forest-Natural Resource Technician 
Deadline: ASAP
The Nupqu Development Corporation would like to fill this position immediately. The role  includes both field and office based work in many aspects of forest and natural resource management. Preference will be given to Registered Forest Technologist (RFT) or those eligible to register as an RFT or a minimum of 2 to 3 years forestry experience.
Click here for more information.

General Manager
Deadline: November 6 
The Nupqu Development Corporation is  seeking a dynamic, highly motivated, multitask oriented, professional individual to fill the position of General Manager. This position involves working closely with the Corporate Board of Directors to develop and maintain organizational capacity and governance of a Community-based Natural Resource Consulting and Contracting Corporation. 
Click here for more information.

Program Coordinator
Deadline: November 6
The Columbia Basin Trust is seeking a full-time, temporary Program Coordinator to manage and coordinate the operations of selected programs including program contractors, contribution agreements and granting processes; plan, direct and implement program and policy development; provide relationship management support with partners and organizations, research, administrative and logistical support. This position is a one-year term position and will report to the Senior Manager, Delivery of Benefits. This position is located in any one of the four Trust offices.
Click here for more information

Manager, Assessment and Development
Deadline: November 6
The Columbia Basin Trust is seeking a full-time Manager, Assessment and Development to develop strategies and approaches to determine how best the Trust can support and assist communities and the region; critically review, research and assess potential community/business development opportunities; develop and maintain effective working relationships with various stakeholders in an effort to develop the Trust's image as an entrepreneurial organization and provide expert support to other Trust staff in their interactions with communities. The Manager, Assessment and Development reports to the Director, Delivery of Benefits. This position is located in any one of the four Trust offices.
Click here for more information

Business Analyst, Broadband
Deadline: November 6
The Columbia Basin Trust is seeking a full-time Business Analyst to provide financial and business analysis related to Columbia Basin Broadband Corporation (CBBC) strategies, projects and operations. This position also works closely with the CBBC team, external stakeholders and customers on CBBC projects. The Business Analyst reports to the CBBC Chief Operating Officer.

Columbia Basin Broadband Corporation, the Trust's wholly owned subsidiary, is working with Basin communities and rural areas to improve connectivity through a region-wide fibre optic cable network. 
Click here  for more information

Natural Resource Officer
Deadline: November 8
The Compliance and Enforcement Branch (CEB) has opportunities for those wishing a career in Natural Resource Law Enforcement as a Natural Resource Officer. Natural Resource Officer work is primarily field-oriented (including "off-hours" shifts) combined with office duties. Working in a collaborative team environment, the Natural Resource Officer is responsible for conducting inspections and investigations on the land base.
Click here for more information.

Program Coordinator, Environment
Deadline: November 20
The Trust is seeking a full-time, permanent Program Coordinator, Environment to manage and coordinate the operations of environment programs including program contractors, contribution agreements and granting processes; plan, direct and implement program and policy development; provide relationship management support with partners and organizations, research, administrative and logistical support. This position will report to the Manager, Water and Environment.
Click here for more information

Manager, Communications
Deadline: November 20
The Trust is seeking a full-time, permanent Manager, Communications to manage communication plans and projects; support engagement and outreach efforts; develop and recommend strategies and plans to manage the Trust brand; foster relationships with departments, stakeholders, partners and contractors; and monitor and maintain media relations. The Manager reports to the Director, Communications. This position is located in any one of the four Trust offices.

Specialized Consulting Services: Basin Business Advisors Program & Non-profit Advisors Program
Deadline: November 20
Columbia Basin Trust is seeking qualified respondents with the expertise and capability to provide specialized consulting support to businesses and/or non-profits through the Basin Business Advisors Program and the Non-profit Advisors Program. All subsequent information regarding this RFP, including changes made to this RFP, will be posted on the  BC Bid website.

6th Annual Northwest Climate Conference
November 3 - 5, Coeur d'Alene
The NW Climate Conference annually brings together more than 250 researchers and practitioners from around the region to discuss scientific results, challenges, and solutions related to the impacts of climate on people, natural resources, and infrastructure in the Northwest. It is the region's premier opportunity for a cross-disciplinary exchange of knowledge and ideas about regional climate, climate impacts, and climate adaptation science and practice.
Click here for more information. 

Strategic Doing Training Course
November 2-4, Nelson
Strategic Doing is a new, network-based model for economic and workforce development emphasizing the strategic value of focused collaboration and open innovation in today's global economy.  Over the two and a half-day intensive training session, running , attendees will learn how to harness new methods of open participation and leadership guidance to develop extremely complex projects. This multi-phase training provides a solid grounding in the Strategic Doing discipline, training in how to utilize the practice when working with colleagues or unfamiliar groups.  Seating is limited. This is a precursor to the Workforce Development Forum.
Click here to learn more and register.

Workforce Development Forum
November 5, Nelson
The Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute and the Kootenay Workforce Development Initiative are hosting a day-long Workforce Development Forum on Thursday, November 5 at the Prestige Lakeside Resort in Nelson. The morning session will feature a keynote speaker ( Dr. Greg Halseth), an external experts panel, and a local experts innovative solutions panel that will highlight economic development, education, industry and local government innovations from within our region.  In the afternoon attendees will participate in a hands-on workshop facilitated by the Purdue Centre for Regional Development. This day-long forum will provide community leaders, educators, industry and economic development practitioners with the opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss workforce development challenges and opportunities.
Click here for more information.

Wild and Scenic Film Fest

November 7, Kimberley

The Wild and Scenic Film Fest is stopping in Kimberley for its second year at the McKim Middle School Theatre in Kimberley
Click here for more information. 
CBEEN Project WET Workshop
November 7, Rossland
This Project WET workshop will provide participants an opportunity to try a variety of activities in the Project WET Activity Guide and learn about water as a vital shared resource. This workshop will also identify ways to integrate water education using the new BC Education Plan. Facilitators Monica Nissen and Lee-Anne Walker are highly skilled water educators and WildBC facilitators who lead Know Your Watershed in the Columbia Basin. 
Click here for more information. 

CBWN Fall Member Meeting
November 6 - 8, Blue Lake Centre
Catch up with watershed groups, learn from others, have a great time! We will meet jointly with the Columbia Basin Water Quality Monitoring Program Fall Meeting.
Email cbwn.coordinator@gmail.com for more information. 

Crown Managers Partnership Annual Forum
March 15 - 17, 2016, Fernie
We Need the Needles: Coordinating Action to Conserve Five Needle Pine Forests in the Crown of the Continent.
Click here for more information.

Open Space Institute
With more than 40 years of experience, OSI is committed to addressing the effects of climate change through strategic land conservation. Safeguarding large landscapes has always been a hedge against climate change. By preventing or redirecting large-scale development, land conservation reduces greenhouse-gas pollution, and by sustaining intact forests, it offsets emissions by sequestering carbon. Moreover, purchasing land secures habitat for plants and animals and ensures an array of ecosystem services, including clean water, for every living thing. View website.

Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) Natural Areas Conservation Program
In 2007, the Government of Canada launched the Natural Areas Conservation Program with a vision of investing in direct, on-the-ground action to conserve important natural habitat in communities across southern Canada. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) was invited to lead this program with the participation of Ducks Unlimited Canada and land trusts across the country. View website.
 
Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Compensation (CBFWCP) Program Action Plans
Each year our Columbia Region Board approves grants for fish and wildlife projects that align with local conservation priorities. This year, our Board is encouraging grant applications for on-the-ground and in-stream projects, as well as projects in our North Columbia sub-region. View website.
 
BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations (MFLNRO) Cumulative Effects Framework
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.   View website.

BC Ministry of Environment (MOE) Species at Risk Management Plan and Conservation Framework
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. View website.

 

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