April 2013


Hi everyone and welcome to the April edition of the KCP eNews.


We are taking the leap to a new website and new email addresses in the coming weeks and hope to make this transition as painless as possible for all of our partners, friends, followers and supporters.


Can we ask you to take a minute to update your bookmarks and address books accordingly to reflect this change. Our new website can be found at www.kootenayconservation.ca and our new email addresses will be info@kootenayconservation.ca and dave@kootenayconservation.ca


We appreciate your patience as we make these important changes to help serve you better.



**Deadline for next eNews: April 26, 2013** 

Leadership Training

Are you an executive, director, or manager who is relatively new to your leadership role? Facing major changes or challenges in your organization? Feeling disillusioned about being a manager and losing touch with your passion? Feeling overloaded and stressed? Hoping to significantly upgrade in some major skill areas? Feeling isolated and wanting to expand your peer network?


If you answered yes to any of these questions it may be time for some leadership training! A number of KCP partners have identified the need to seek out and secure some form of professional development support to help retain current and future leaders, make them more effective, and make more meaningful connections with peers in the conservation community throughout the Columbia Basin.


If you or your organization is interested please contact Dave at (250) 688-1508 to learn more about how the KCP may be able to help.

Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB)

Donna Dean, Planner with the RDKB, is in possession of some reports and is looking for a new home for them. Here is a list of the reports available:

  • Biophysical Resources of the East Kootenay Area: Terrain
  • Biophysical Resources of the East Kootenay Area: Vegetation
  • Biophysical Resources of the East Kootenay Area: Outdoor Recreation
  • Biophysical Resources of the East Kootenay Area: Wildlife
  • Biophysical Resources of the East Kootenay Area: Soils (2 copies)
  • Biophysical Resources of the East Kootenay Area: Wildlife
  • Soil Survey of the Upper Columbia River Valley (Kelley and Holland)
  • Soil survey of the Upper Kootenay and Elk River Valleys (Kelley and Sprout)

If you are interested please contact Donna directly at ddean@rdkb.com



Wildsight Invermere - Annual General Meeting

Thursday April 4, 2013

6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

David Thompson Secondary School (1535 - 14th Street)

Invermere, BC


Everybody is welcome. Following the AGM, at 7:30 pm, there will be a multi-media presentation, Looking and Listening: Dark Skies and Quiet Spaces by Rogier Gruys.


Rogier is a Parks Canada tourism specialist from Jasper and he'll discuss the importance of dark skies and natural soundscapes. He'll describe what Dark Sky Preserves are and why they are important tools for energy conservation and public education.  I'll be sending out a separate notice about this next week.


Nature Conservancy of Canada

2013 Federal Budget Supports Conservation

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) applauds the extension of the Natural Areas Conservation Program contained in the 2013 Federal Budget. 


The budget, tabled today by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, has allotted an additional $20 million to support the Natural Areas Conservation Program through 2013-14. This additional $20 million will help to protect more of Canada's most sensitive landscapes.  The federal commitment will be matched by funds raised by NCC from other sources.


The Natural Areas Conservation Program is a national program to acquire and conserve ecologically sensitive lands.  It was launched by the Harper Government in 2007 and is administered by the Nature Conservancy of Canada with the participation of other land conservation organizations across the country.  Under the program NCC and its partners have already conserved more than 3,500 square kilometres, habitat for 146 species at risk.


The Nature Conservancy of Canada is also pleased to see a further commitment in the budget to a National Conservation Plan.  As Canada's not-for-profit conservation leader we look forward to working with government and contributing fully to the development of this vitally important framework.

East Kootenay Invasive Plant Council (EKIPC)

Executive Director and Field Co-operations Coordinator positions are now available at EKIPC. Deadline for application is April 23, 2013 at 4:30 MDT. 

Real Estate Foundation of BC - BC Water Sustainability Endowment Fund Grant

2013 will be the third year the Real Estate Foundation of BC offers the BC Water Sustainability Endowment Fund Grant. The 2011 grantee was Langley Environmental Partners Society for the B-WET project--be sure to watch the B-WET video! The 2012 grantee was Stream of Dreams Murals Society for "Mapping Where We Live." we will produce something similar for this year's grantee.


Proceeds from the inaugural 2010 Land Awards Gala launched the Real Estate Foundation's BC Water Sustainability Endowment Fund, and 2011 was the first year that income from the fund was available. In 2010, over $39,000 was raised; subsequent years' gala proceeds will continue to be added to the fund. We invite ongoing donations to this endowment as the fund will support non-profit activities in water sustainability in the foreseeable future.

  • In 2013, one grant of $3,000 will be available.
  • The grant application deadline is June 28, 2013.
  • The grant will be awarded in late September.

The Real Estate Foundation's mission is to transform land use attitudes and practices through innovation, stewardship, and learning. Such practices must incorporate respect for natural water systems-and implement best practices to support optimal watershed functioning-in order to be truly sustainable.


Because of the Foundation's "land use" mandate, the focus is on fresh water bodies and watercourses, and the foreshore: where land meets ocean. Projects focused solely on marine environments are not eligible for support.


In 2013 the single grant awarded will make a meaningful contribution to support a project or program which focuses on water sustainability from a watershed perspective. This includes public education and/or on-the-ground activities which promote:

  • Community-based watershed stewardship
  • Sustainable use of fresh water

All qualified donees under the Income Tax Act are eligible to apply.

BC Water Sustainability Endowment Fund Grant Application Form

April 6, 2013

Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop

Kimberley & Cranbrook, Free

Learn how to maximize your fruit harvest and maintain the health of your trees at Wildsight's hands-on, outdoors workshop taught by a certified arborist. Register online.


April 6 & 7, Cranbrook

April 13 & 24, Kimberley

Work Party | Home Energy Renovation Demo

Come learn hands-on how you can renovate for energy efficiency by helping us upgrade a local demonstration home for Wildsight's home energy renovation demonstration project. No tools or experience required! Get in touch to join us - learn more online or (250) 427-2535 x 227.


April 9, 2013

"This is Our Watershed"

Lake Windermere Ambassadors

Lion's Hall, Invermere, BC

9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Please RSVP: (250) 341-6898

For more information contact Kirsten at info@lakeambassadors.ca


April 10, 2013

5th Annual General Meeting and Speaker Series 

EKIPC will be hosting our 5th Annual General Meeting and Speaker Series on April 10th (see poster for details).  This year's theme focuses on all things that "eat" invasives. Yes, lunch is included and it may or may not include invasive species!


We are excited to once again have an appetizing group of speakers (Dr. Alec McClay, Kevin Paterson, Joanne Fox and Trish McKinney) for your dining pleasure.  Prepare to digest presentations on biocontrol insects; using goats for targeted grazing; goats on weed (!) and training cows to eat weeds!  Make your reservation now.

April 11, 2013

Film | The Clean Bin Project

7:30 pm, COTR Lecture Theatre, Cranbrook, By Donation

In this award-winning film, partners Jen and Grant go head to head in a competition to see who can swear off consumerism and produce the least garbage. Their light-hearted competition is set against a darker examination of the problem waste. Wildsight brings the Clean Bin Challenge to Cranbrook in May so this is your chance to see the film that started it all.

April 20, 2013
CKIPC Earth Day Celebration
You are invited to attend a 2013 Earth Day Celebration (Kootenay Lake Native Plant Restoration), which will be held in the City of Nelson at the Dog Walk Pathway from 1:00 to 4:00pm on April 20th, 2013. 

This is a FREE event that offers a range of activities including:
  • Face painting by Cassia Barrett
  • Chili by donation by the Nelson Pilot's Association
  • Booths and information from the Kootenay Native Plant Society and Friends of Kootenay Lake
  • Cupcakes by Lucky Cupcakes
Participants are asked to bring work gloves and a shovel (if available), and meet at the Gazebo adjacent to the Lakeside Prestige Resort at 1:00pm. 


April 20 - May 5, 2013

Food Forest Hands-On Training Workshop, Spring 2013

Clear Sky Meditation and Study Foundation

More information available online.


April 20 - 21, 2013

Food Forest Two-Day Intensive Workshop, Spring 2013

Clear Sky Meditation and Study Foundation

More information available online. 


May 6 - 12, 2013

Wings Over The Rockies Bird Festival

Upper Columbia Valley

More information available online.


May 15 - 16, 2013

New Ways to Use Digital Technologies in the Field

Columbia Mountains Institute


Registrations open April 1, 2013. Space limited to 150 people.

Workshop description New technologies are changing the way that research on aquatic, terrestrial, and human ecology is being carried out. Increasingly, people are taking smartphones, tablets, and other devices into the field to increase their productivity. Citizen science and social media are now becoming effective ways to increase data collection and collaboration. We will offer two days of presentations, posters, hands-on demonstrations, a small trade fair, opportunities for networking with experts, and a workshop summary to help you follow-up on the new things you've learned. Who is this workshop for? CMI events attract a multidisciplinary group of people. This workshop will draw researchers, technicians, natural resource practitioners and managers, academics, IT staff, and members of stewardship groups.


More information available online.


September 11-13, 2013 - Save the Date

Crown of the Continent Conference

4th Annual Conference on the Crown of the Continent

Glacier Park Lodge, East Glacier Park, MT

Information available online: Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent.


October 9-10, 2013

Community Based Social Marketing (CBSM) Workshop

Vancouver Advanced Workshop/ October 9-10, 2013


This two-day advanced workshop provides an in-depth exploration of how community-based social marketing can be used to foster sustainable behaviour. The session will introduce leading-edge material on selecting behaviours, identifying barriers and benefits (including market segmentation), applying behaviour change tools (including some exciting new developments regarding the use of commitments, norms, and social diffusion), and piloting programs. Further, participants will also be coached in making community-based social marketing presentations to their agency or community and will receive PowerPoint and Keynote presentations for this purpose. Finally, each participant will receive the new edition of Dr. McKenzie-Mohr, "Fostering Sustainable Behavior: An Introduction to Community-Based Social Marketing 3rd Edition."


The session is being held at the Vancouver Public Library (Lower Level, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC) and begins at 9:00 am on both days and ends at 4:30 pm on the first day and 2:30 pm on the second day (registration begins at 8:30 am on the first day). Venue and hotel information will be emailed to registrants. Lunch on both days is included in the workshop registration fee.


$645.00 Regular: Federal, provincial/state and local government, consultants and businesses.

$545.00 Discount: Community groups, non-governmental organizations and students.


There are other locations as well as an introductory course.  Full details can be found online.

Elk River Poisoned by Coal Mining

A new study clearly indicates that the Elk River is being poisoned by toxic levels of selenium leaching from open-pit coal mining waste rock. The high rates of selenium - far in excess of British Columbia guidelines - have created a crisis for fish and other species in the Elk River.


Parks, Peace, and Partnerships: Global Initiatives in Transboundary Collaboration

Editors Michael S. Quinn, Len Broberg, & Wayne Freimund 

Parks, Peace, and Partnerships is a recently published (December 2012) collection of essays showcasing collaboration and transboundary partnerships in the Crown and around the world. The book is available for purchase through online retailers or as an open access eBook


Oryx Journal - The International Journal of Conservation



A new model of watershed-scale aquatic monitoring from the Crown of the Continent

Quantifying the benefits of watershed restoration in the face of climate change

View the webinar recording.

Please let us know how our monthly eNews can be improved! It's important for us to know we are serving our readers' needs. And remember, if you have news or announcements you would like to contribute, please email them to me by the 26th of each month. 


Dave Hillary