Conservation in the Kootenays
We hope everyone has thoroughly enjoyed the summer and is well-rested for what's looking like a busy month for conservation in the Kootenays this September.
The KCP Fall Gathering & AGM is coming up at the end of the month - join KCP partners from across the region on
September 29 and 30
in Cranbrook to learn more about
"Grasslands to Wetlands: Connecting Diversity"
, a free event featuring guest speakers, a film screening and more - learn more under "KCP News" below (and
click here for the full-size version of the poster
The field tour is in high demand and a second van has been added, but as of Monday (Sept. 4) night, there were only 4 spots left on the Saturday tour so please register ASAP to reserve one of the remaining seats!
Also note that the
call for proposals is now open for the Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund and Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund. Find out how to apply under "Funding Opportunities".
Please feel free to submit any photos, news or events you'd like us to share by the third week of each month to
. As always, a big thanks goes out to our supporters!
throughout the month to check in on current news and events. You can click
for our KCP Partner list and click
to read more about some of the great organizations that support conservation in the Kootenays.
KCP Conservation Leadership Award
Nomination Deadline: September 8, 2017
Do you know someone who deserves to be recognized for their conservation work in the Kootenays? KCP's annual Conservation Leadership Award recognizes individuals who are proven leaders and contribute to the field of conservation in the Kootenays. Nominees must be affiliated with a KCP partner organization (
click here for partner list
) and 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."
To nominate someone, please send their name, KCP partner organization affiliation, and a brief summary (100 words max.) of why they are a suitable candidate to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 8, 2017
KCP Fall Gathering: From Grasslands to Wetlands - Connecting Diversity
September 29 - 30, Cranbrook
Join us in Cranbrook for the KCP Fall Gathering & AGM, which serves as one of the primary vehicles to connect and re-connect KCP partners from across the region.
This annual free two-day event is taking place at the
Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort
and there are still discounted rooms reserved for KCP Fall Gathering registrants ($119.95 down from $189.95)
Special guests include
from Stewardship Centre for BC to share Species at Risk resources,
to discuss key grizzly bear corridors,
to introduce the new BEC guide for grasslands and wetlands,
to provide the basics of grassland ecology, and
field tour to discuss wetland construction and restoration. Tom will lead the Cherry Creek Wetland Project field trip assisted by
, who directed the actual restoration of the first set of wetlands at Cherry Creek.
evening includes a banquet dinner, announcement for this year's winner of the Conservation Leadership Award and the first screening in B.C. of Montana's
On the Shoulders of Giants
short film about private land conservation.
Space is filling up fast so register soon!
KCP Strategic Priorities
Final draft to be approved at AGM
Over the past year, KCP has been consulting with Partners to update our strategic priorities. The final draft will be circulated with AGM materials in the coming weeks for final approval at the AGM taking place on the Friday at the KCP Fall Gathering.
Faces & Places Monthly Feature
To learn more about the Jefferys and the EFHS, click here.
Long-time East Shore locals Mike and Ivy Jeffery responded to a conservation crisis in the Kootenay Lake area by helping form the Eastshore Freshwater Habitat Society (EFHS) in 2014. Today, the society is 250 members strong with an ever-growing list of projects that are helping
protect all rivers, creeks, streams and lakes on the East Shore that are tributaries to Kootenay Lake.
Local Conservation Fund Feature Project
Enabling Fish Migration in Abel Creek
After the Lake Windermere District Rod & Gun Club removed a man-made barrier on Invermere's Abel Creek in 2015, kokanee and rainbow trout were observed to move upstream to take advantage of the excellent spawning habitat the creek provides, but then more obstacles to fish passage were discovered. The 2017 Abel Creek Culvert Rehabilitation Project has the aim of helping fish access almost three more kilometres of habitat.
Rocky Mountain Trench Ecosystem Restoration Society
Seeking ideas for website refresh
The Rocky Mountain Trench Ecosystem Restoration Program website -
- is in much need of an update and refresh, and the Society is open to any suggestions on resources, reports or other subject matter that would be useful to have on the site. The website is a critical part of the Society's communications work in advancing awareness of grasslands and open forest ecosystems in the East Kootenay and their importance to local ecology, culture, economy and (particularly relevant at the moment) fire safety.
Living Lakes Canada
Sign up for the Living Lakes Canada newsletter
Living Lakes Canada has started a bi-annual newsletter that will include program updates and recent news. If you would like to subscribe,
visit the Living Lake Canada website
and complete the contact form on the home page requesting to be added to the mailing list.
Columbia Wetlands Stewardship Partners
Reintroduction of Northern Leopard Frog to Columbia Marshes Project featured in the Columbia Valley Pioneer newspaper
The Columbia Wetlands Stewardship Partners are supporting a multi-year project that is reintroducing the endangered Northern Leopard Frog to the Columbia marshes. On August 18, 400 tadpoles were flown from Vancouver Aquarium and released near Brisco as part of this ongoing conservation effort.
Valhalla Wilderness Society
Toad Ambassadors Program featured in The Valley Voice newspaper
In a program initiated by the Valhalla Wilderness Society, volunteers dedicated more than 44 hours moving a total of 334 toads off Highway 31A between Fish and Bear lake in May and June. Of those, 80 were confirmed females; and for every female moved off the road as many as 12,000 to 17,000 eggs were saved,
A couple of winters ago, Bill and Kathy Sanders of Rocky Top Ranch had become concerned that a veteran pine tree on their property used by many wildlife was succumbing to a mountain pine beetle attack. The standard treatment is to burn the tree to prevent the beetles from infecting more pines, but the needles were still green despite the telltale signs of borings in the bark and sawdust below. Following advice, they peeled off the bark to expose the larvae to the winter elements. They've since seen no surviving larvae and with no bark to hold the moisture, the base should not rot as fast.
Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program
Report Sightings of Herons in Columbia Region
Heron breeding activity has continued to decline in the southern portion of the Columbia Basin, based on 2016 monitoring results. The Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program is asking the public to report any heron nest sites, active breeding colonies, or large groups of herons feeding in areas throughout the Columbia River Basin, especially from McBride to Valemount, and south to Revelstoke and Golden. The heron inventory and stewardship work started in 2016 and is continuing this year.
7th Annual Columbia Salmon Festival
September 9, Invermere
The mission of the Columbia Salmon Festival is to inform people about the history and future of salmon in the upper Columbia, and their cultural significance. This is a free public event hosted by the Shuswap Band and Ktunaxa Nation that features traditional dancing, Ktunaxa storytelling, salmon educational displays and more.
Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN) Field Practicum
Click here for more information about this event.
Meadow Creek Spawning Channel Open House
September 9, Meadow Creek
Drop by Meadow Creek Spawning Channel at the north end of Kootenay Lake between
10 am and 2 pm
to view thousands of spawning kokanee, talk to biologists, and learn more about the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program's Kootenay Lake Nutrient Restoration Program.
September 13 - 14, Nelson
The Canadian Rivers Institute is partnering with Environment and Climate Change Canada to deliver a 2-day field course where participants are certified in the CABIN protocol to biomonitor the water quality of streams. CABIN is an aquatic biological monitoring program led and funded by Environment and Climate Change Canada for assessing the health of freshwater ecosystems across the country.
Click here for the link to register.
Columbia Region Ecological Discussions (CRED Talks)
Start: September 15, 2017
End: March 31, 2018
Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology and the North Columbia Environmental Society are happy to announce a new series: CRED Talks! The Columbia Region Ecological Discussions will include speakers addressing a diversity of topics such as science communication, active ecological management, citizen science, research skills and techniques and the influences that our natural environment has on art and culture. Stay tuned for a list of what to expect this fall 2017.
Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) Conference
September 20 - 23, Nelson
Every year experts, policy makers, and practitioners come together for a conference dedicated to rural places hosted by the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF), a charity dedicated to supporting the sustainability of rural Canada through collaboration with rural community groups, the private sector, all levels of government, and researchers. Selkirk College is proud to partner with CRRF to host the 2017 conference to be held in Nelson from September 20-23, 2017.
Click here for more information.
Celebrating Our Water: Paddling the Columbia for BC Rivers Day
September 23, Invermere
Wildsight is hosting a public paddle to celebrate BC Rivers Day and the lakes, rivers and streams of the Columbia Basin, with a float down the Columbia River from Athalmer to Radium. The Columbia River travels 2000 km from Canal Flats, B.C. to the Pacific Ocean at Astoria, Oregon. The headwaters section of this mighty river from Columbia Lake through the Columbia Wetlands are the only intact portion of the river system, unmodified by dams, and is recognized internationally as a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance. Canoes, kayaks and SUPs welcome.
Click here for more information.
September 23 - 29, East Kootenay
The BC Wildlife Federation's Wetlands Institute is an intensive 7-day hands-on workshop that educates participants about wetland stewardship, restoration and construction skills. This year's basecamp will be centred around Canal Flats in the Columbia Valley. Three unique restoration projects will take place: restoring a cattle impacted groundwater wetland, a repairing a failing surface water wetland, and installing an artificial liner wetland. The workshop is free for B.C. residents (minus meals and accommodations where optional packages are available) and partial attendance will be considered for those with strong applications.
Click here for more information and the application page.
BC Rivers Day Celebration
September 24, Trail
The City of Trail is hosting its annual BC Rivers Day event,
highlighted by the annual shoreline cleanup.
Interesting displays and draw prizes wrap up this important community celebration. See interesting exhibits hosted by the Salmo Streamkeepers and Regional District Fire Rescue among others and enjoy a free barbecue served up by the United Steelworkers.
Click here for more information.
Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent
September 25 - 27, Choteau, Montana
The Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent is an ongoing forum to bring together people who care about this special place.
Through workshops, forums, policy dialogues, and conferences, the Roundtable provides an opportunity to exchange ideas, build relationships, and explore opportunities to work together - to sustain the natural and cultural heritage of this remarkable landscape. This year's conference will focus on having the conversations that matter - conversations that advance common interests and make progress on complex issues.
KCP Fall Gathering: From Grasslands to Wetlands - Connecting Biodiversity
September 29 - 30, East Kootenay
The KCP 2016 Fall Gathering & AGM serves as one of the primary vehicles to connect and re-connect KCP partners from across the region.
The organizing theme for this year's Fall Gathering is From Grasslands to Wetlands: Connecting Biodiversity.
Inquiring Voices Sustainability Symposium
September 29 - October 1, Blue Lake Centre
This annual CBEEN event brings together environmental educators who live in the same bioregion to form a rich learning community meet to share, inquire, support, and collaborate with one another. These retreats are a great opportunity to network, share resources and stories, inspire one another and have fun through dialogue and activity.
Columbia Wetlands Waterbird Fall Survey
September 29, October 5 & October 15
The CWWS is a coordinated bird count that uses citizen-scientists to gather baseline data. Beyond data collection, this community-based project aims to enhance and maintain the biodiversity and habitat of the Wetlands through increased awareness. Free training sessions (including field training sessions) will occur in September, in both Golden and Invermere, and are available to all CWWS participants.
To volunteer, please email
or call 250-344-5530.
7th Annual Elk River Shoreline Clean-up
The Elk River Alliance has arranged three staging areas - Annex Park in Fernie, the Leisure Centre in Sparwood, and the Aquatic Centre in Elkford - for people to meet at, adopt a site, clean it up then participate in a volunteer appreciation event.
Click here for the poster.
For more information, contact
October 12 - 14, Fernie
Hosted by the Elk River Watershed Alliance, this free BCWF Wetlandkeepers Course will take place at the College of the Rockies Fernie Campus. The BCWF's Wetlandkeeper Course is a 2.5-day workshop about wetland conservation. Participants gain skills in wetland classification, site survey and health assessment, plant and animal identification, soil sampling, and hands-on wetland stewardship techniques. Participants will receive a BCWF Wetlandkeeper Certificate and get practical experience stewarding local wetlands.
Columbia Basin Symposium
October 13 - 15, Kimberley
Symposium discussions will focus on on three global trends that are having a long-term impact in the Basin - demographics, technology and climate change. Conference participants will hear from experts and be involved in discussions about the how the region can adapt to these trends and leverage opportunities from them.
Click here for more information.
Forest Entomology: Insight into the Outbreak Dynamics and Impacts of Major Forest Insects of BC
November 1 - 2, Revelstoke
This course offered by the Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology will introduce students to the major forest insects, both beneficial, and those considered pests, that are commonly found in interior forests of British Columbia. This course will be a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the fir/spruce beetle outbreaks currently affecting the forests of interior BC. Instructor Dr. Lorraine Maclauchlan has been monitoring, studying and managing forest insect pests in B.C. for over 30 years.
Click here for more information and to register.
Fall Celebration of Environmental Education
November 3, Kimberley
Join the Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN), ed
ucators and community leaders in celebrating local environmental education (EE) programs, and showcasing the value of environmental education in our communities. This event will include an EE Expo, live EE vignettes, and the presentation of our Awards of Environmental Education Excellence.
Click here for more information and to register.
Interpretive Guide Training Workshop
November 3 - 4, Kimberley
CBEEN is hosting this certification course as part of its Fall Gathering. This course is suitable for all guides, interpreters and teachers wishing to gain a greater understanding of our local environment, and tools to engage and manage groups outdoors. Participants will learn the natural and cultural history of the local region, interpretive tools and techniques.
Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society's 2017 5th Annual Kootenay Lake Summit
This annual event is a full day free event being held at the Wynndel Community Hall for community members around Kootenay Lake. The morning will include presentations, a free lunch will be provided to all attendees, and the afternoon will include workshops. After the Summit, the Friends of Kootenay Lake will hold their AGM.
Click here to be notified as soon as tickets are released.
Wild & Scenic Film Festival
November 25, Invermere
The Wild and Scenic Film Festival returns to Invermere for its fourth year. The festival promises a full evening of environmental and adventure films that illustrate the Earth's beauty, the challenges facing the planet and the work communities are doing to protect the environment, supplemented by pizza, wine and beer, a raffle with great prizes, a silent auction and lots of door prizes. This year's festival will be bigger and better than ever as it will be held in the new Columbia Valley Centre. All funds go towards supporting Wildsight's environmental and educational initiatives.
Click here for more information.
Open Source Water Data Hub Dialogue: Towards a Columbia Basin Water Monitoring Framework
November 29 - 30, Invermere
Living Lakes Canada, Columbia Basin Watershed Network and Selkirk College are hosting a dialogue to create a water monitoring framework and shared data hub in the Columbia Basin. The goal is to create a collective vision for modernizing shared water data with useful, reliable and open source water data that is freely accessed and evaluated by users. The water data gaps identified in the Columbia Basin Trust's February 2017 report
Water Monitoring and Climate Change in the Upper Columbia Basin
will be addressed.
Click here for more event details as they become available.
REFBC General Grants are focused on the first four of REFBC's interest areas (sustainable land use, built environment sustainability, freshwater sustainability, and local and sustainable food systems). The Foundation has two intakes per year. Applications are open to any non-profit organization doing
work related to land use and/or real estate in B.C.
Real Estate Foundation British Columbia (REFBC) General Grant
Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC) Fall Grants
Deadline: September 10
Through grants of up to $20,000 MEC supports organizations that can demonstrate their commitment to at least one, and preferably both, of the following areas: (1) Identify and reduce barriers to outdoor activity and increase the community of active outdoor enthusiasts and (2) Teach responsible outdoor recreation practices and environmental stewardship. Preference will be given to programs that can deliver on both criteria described. MEC conducts two grant cycles annually. The Fall deadline is September 10 and applicants are notified mid-November. The Spring deadline is March 10 and applicants are notified mid-May.
Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program - Columbia Region Grants
Deadline: October 27
The Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program is now accepting grant applications for projects to conserve, restore and enhance fish and wildlife and their habitats in the Columbia Region. For more information on the application process including project eligibility and regional priorities and/or requirements,
click here for the grant information kit.
For general information about the FWCP grant intake process,
Contact Columbia Region Manager Crystal Klym at
if you have questions or wish to discuss your project idea.
COLUMBIA LAKE LOCAL CONSERVATION FUND - CALL FOR PROPOSALS NOW OPEN
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 - CALL FOR PROPOSALS NOW OPEN
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).
Click here for more information about the KLLCF and how to apply.
2018-19 Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation Enhancement & Restoration Grant
Deadline: November 2
Each year, HCTF provides approximately $6 Million dollars in Enhancement and Restoration Grants. 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. HCTF enhancement grants are available to anyone who has who has a good idea that benefits fish, wildlife and habitat in British Columbia. HCTF strongly encourages cost-shared proposals, and project leaders should explore the possibility of partnerships with other organizations.
Nature Conservancy of Canada Round 3 of Other Qualified Organizations (OQO) Program
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is pleased to announce Round 3 of the Other Qualified Organizations (OQO) Program. Funded by Environment and Climate Change Canada and administered by NCC, the program will provide up to $5 million in support of conservation in communities across Canada. Land acquisitions closing between April 1, 2017 and January 31, 2018 will be considered under Round 3 of the OQO Program, and applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. EST on November 1.
Grassland and Rangeland Enhancement Program
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.
Columbia Basin Trust Small Grants Program
If you have an idea that will address community priorities and encourage community development activities, including those that relate to the environment, you can apply for up to $5,000 through this program.
Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program Community Engagement Grant
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.
Nature Conservancy of Canada
Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund
Program Director - Canadian Rocky Mountains
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) seeks a Program Director, Canadian Rocky Mountains Eco-Region, British Columbia. Reporting to the Senior Director of Conservation, the Program Director is responsible for managing relationships, land securement projects, and the delivery of stewardship priorities within the expansive Eco-Region. This position is based in Invermere. The application deadline is before 5pm MST on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.
Request For Proposal - WildSafeBC Evaluation
Columbia Basin Trust is seeking a qualified consultant to conduct an evaluation of the effectiveness of the WildSafeBC delivery model and the extent to which desired outcomes have been achieved in Basin communities. All subsequent information regarding this RFP, including changes made to this RFP and notices regarding Proponent information meetings, will be posted on the
BC Bid website
It is the sole responsibility of the Proponent to check for Addenda and other updates on the BC Bid website.
Closes September 14 at 1 pm (noon) PT, 2 pm MT.
Columbia Basin Trust
Request For Proposal - Ecosystems Program Coordination
Columbia Basin Trust is seeking a qualified consultant to coordinate a new Ecosystems Program in the Columbia Basin Trust region.
All subsequent information regarding this RFP, including changes made to this RFP and notices regarding Proponent information meetings, will be posted on the BC Bid website. It is the sole responsibility of the Proponent to check for Addenda and other updates on the BC Bid website.
Closes September 26 at 11 am PT, 12 pm MT.
Technical Review Committee - Expressions of Interest
The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) in partnership with the Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) are seeking to fill one vacancy of "Alternate" on the Technical Review Committee (TRC) to make recommendations on allocating annual funding for conservation projects in the Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund Service Area. This will be a 3-year term. Travel expenses will be covered for those who require them. To apply, please submit a resume and include a covering letter that provides: (1) Contact information; (2) Area of technical expertise (water, fish, wildlife, habitat, forestry, climate change or open space and natural area conservation); (3) Any special or unique circumstances that you want us to consider. The closing date for applications is October 15, 2017. Applications can be emailed to email@example.com.
Regional District of Central Kootenay
Request for Proposal - Kootenay Lake Conservation Guidance Document
The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) Electoral Areas A, D and E established the Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund (KLLCF) in 2015. Since then, the Fund has provided financial support to local conservation projects within the participating areas that contribute to the conservation values of natural areas for the purpose of restoring and preserving a healthy environment. The RDCK is requesting the development of a Guidance Document that identifies priorities for conservation in the Kootenay Lake area. The Guidance Document will inform the Terms of Reference for the KLLCF so that projects can be strategically aligned with these priorities. The closing date is 2 p.m. on September 22, 2017.
Click here for more information.
Okanagan Nation Alliance
Fisheries Biologist 2 (time limited - maternity leave backfill)
The Okanagan Nation Alliance is seeking to employ a skilled and experienced individual to coordinate and implement fisheries projects, supervise and train field crews, monitor data and assess fish and aquatic issues in the Columbia Basin. 40 hours per week. This opportunity will remain open until it's filled.
Kootenay-Columbia Discovery Center Society
Volunteer Board Members
The Kootenay-Columbia Discovery Center Society has vacancies on its Board of Directors from time to time who serve until elections take place at the Annual General Meeting. Qualifications include sharing the Society's Vision and helping achieve its Mission, which includes the construction of a new Discovery Center located in the Creston Valley, home to 17,000 acres of internationally recognized wetlands
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.
Click here for more information.
Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative
Webinar Series - Cabinet-Purcell Mountain Corridor (CPMC)
The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) hosted its first CPMC webinar on June 12. In the first In the first of the series, Dr. Michael Proctor of Birchdale Ecological presented an informative update on his grizzly bear research in British Columbia.
In case you missed it, here is a recording of the webinar.
Columbia Basin Trust
Non-Profit Essentials Webinar Series
The Trust has partnered with Vantage Point, experts in learning opportunities for volunteers and non-profits, to develop and deliver the webinar series that explores important topics non-profit societies face today. Combining online videos with slide notes and workbooks, the series offers tools to expand the knowledge and build capacity in non-profit organizations across the Basin.
South Coast Conservation Program
Species at Risk Series - 3rd Webinar
In case you missed it, the recording of the third South Coast Conservation Program (SCCP) webinar in the "Species at Risk" series is now available in two parts on the SCCP YouTube channel.
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