August 2013 eNews


We hope you have been enjoying a summer filled with warm evenings and refreshing dips in cool lakes and rivers!


After an insightful and enthusiastic KCP Steering Committee meeting a few weeks ago we are excited to be moving a number of KCP items forward in preparation for the Annual Gathering in October.  Relationship maps, governance documents, tracking systems and communications materials are just a few of the exciting things on our horizon.  We look forward to working with you on these among other conservation initiatives in the very near future.  


Dave, Claire & Duncan


KCP Annual Gathering

October 4-5, 2013 - Creston


KCP's Annual Gathering has been set for October 4 & 5 at the Ramada in Creston.  Rooms has been reserved at a preferred rate.  For bookings call 250-254-1111.   

Please email to confirm you attendance.  Also, please advise us of any food allergies / preferences at that time.


Friday, October 4

1:00pm - Business Meeting

5:00pm - Social

6:00pm - Supper

7:00pm - Conservation Leadership Awards & Keynote Speaker


Saturday, October 5

9:00am - 3:00pm - Strategic Priority Planning Session (includes plenty of good food!)



KCP Conservation Leadership Award

Nominations open until September 15

KCP's annual Conservation Leadership Award recognizes individual(s) that are proven leaders in the field of conservation.  Their work is primarily based in the Kootenays, although they may also be very active in other geographic regions.  Although nominees are not required to be affiliated with a KCP partner, 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."


Last year KCP celebrated the work of John Krebs and Emily Nilsen.  Do you know of someone that should be celebrated this year?  If so, please send us their name and a brief summary of why they are a suitable candidate (250 words max.) to by September 15, 2013.


New for 2013 is the addition of a cash award for the recipient donated by a KCP supporter.  


Award(s) will be presented on the evening of October 4th at the KCP Gathering in Creston.  


Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP)

Toadfest 2013!

Tues. Aug. 27 (4.00 7.00 p.m.) and Wed. Aug. 28 (10 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.), Summit Lake Provincial Park, south of Nakusp. This is a free, fun, family event to raise awareness about western toads and to help a toadlet or two cross the road. Drop in anytime but please car-pool as parking is limited. Toadlet containers will be provided.  Please do not move toadlets outside of this organized event.  For more information visit or call 250-354-6333.  Coordinated by the FWCP with support from B.C. Parks, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Columbia Basin Trust, and the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations.  


Friends of Kootenay Lake

Kootenay Lake Summit

Friends of Kootenay Lake is hosting the first ever Kootenay Lake Summit at Balfour Community Hall on Saturday, November 9th.  The event is free but registration is required. The first annual Lake Summit will bring together people to inspire, educate, identify data gaps, and develop ideas for stewardship projects. There will be presentations, breakout sessions, a Kootenay Lake art showcase (by Touchstones), food, and music. The Summit will highlight current research/environmental initiatives as well as identify main challenges for the lake and potential solutions to these problems. The Summit will engage a wide age range and highlight ways people can get involved with the lake they love. Please contact or 250-777-2955 to register. 


Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN)

Environmental Education Showcase

Are you delivering environmental education in the classroom?  If so, CBEEN has an opportunity for you to showcase your programs to school boards and upper administration from across the Columbia Basin.  On September 20, 2013 CBEEN will open the BCSTA KBB AGM Conference at Radium Resort.  If you would like to have a booth to showcase your work with schools please email


The Nature Conservancy of Canada

For Greater Happiness and Health, Take Time for Nature

Natural areas matter to Canadians. A recent Ipsos Reid poll conducted for the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) shows that more than 97 per cent of Canadians believe that getting outdoors is important to their family's well-being. The findings complement an earlier poll that found Canadians are happier when they are connected to nature.

"Our mandate of protecting the land that brings so much joy to Canadians becomes even more important as we learn just how much Canadians depend on it for their own happiness and well-being," said John Lounds, president and CEO of NCC. "We want to encourage Canadians to go outside and explore what nature has to offer."

Read the full article from the Globe and Mail by clicking here.


Government of British Columbia

Section Head, Environmental Management 

This position is located in Nelson, although there may be flexibility to consider Cranbrook as an alternative location. 
If you enjoy working in a strong team environment and have environmental engineering/science and supervisory experience, you'll want to consider joining us as one of five section heads reporting directly to the Regional Director, Environmental Protection, Kootenay Okanagan.  
Click here for more information.    

Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment

RFP - Climate Change Water Security in Canada: Water Scarcity and Flood Management

The Contractor will survey Canadian jurisdictions, and conduct a literature review and analysis of Canadian and selected international jurisdictions' approached to two priority climate change water security issues: water scarcity and flood management.  Based on this ork the Contractor will provide conclusions, including recommendations for potential future CCME work on climate change water security.  Closing Date/Time: August 21, 2013, 12:00 noon CDT

Click here for more information.  


Government of British Columbia

RFP - CRT Review Classroom Project

Columbia River Treaty Review Classroom Project Ministry of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas Request for Proposals Number: RFP05132013-1. 

Closing Time: Proposal must be received before 6:00pm PT on August 30, 2013. 

For more information contact Ingrid Strauss, Senior Policy Analyst, Columbia River Treaty Review PO Box 9314 Stn Prov Govt Victoria, BC V8W 9M1 Fax: (250) 952-0258.  Click here for more information.



Mountain Equipment Coop

Deadline: September 10      

MEC supports the following community endeavors: Access & Activity, Advocacy & Awareness, Capacity Building, and Land Acquisition. 

Click here for more information.


North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action (NAPECA) Grants

Deadline: September 11

NAPECA will support a diverse set of projects by providing access to resources for a broad base of hands-on groups and organizations. 

Click here for more information.


Real Estate Foundation of BC - Small Grants Program

Deadline: September 13

Focus Areas: Built Environment, Fresh Water Sustainability and Sustainable Food Systems

Click here for more information.


Vancouver Foundation

Deadline: September 13

Letters of intent are due for permission to submit a grant application for the September 13th deadline.

Click here for more information. 


Agriculture Environment Initiative Funding

Deadline: September 13

The project must address sustainable production or an agriculture environment or agriculture wildlife "issue" or "opportunity".

Click here for more information or contact Brian Baehr at 250-860-2967 or by email at

Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund

Deadline: October 31

The purpose of this fund is to provide local financial support for important projects in the Columbia Valley that will contribute to the conservation of our valuable natural areas; one step towards restoring and preserving a healthy environment.  A formal call for proposals will go out in September.  

Click here for more information. 



Crown of the Continent Conference

September 11 - 13, 2013 - East Glacier Park, MT

Building Partnerships: Linking Local Actions and Landscape Outcomes. 
Early bird registration ends August 9.  
For more informatioclick here. 


Graphic Design Workshop

September 23 - 24, 2013 - Rossland, BC

Get inspired, creative and engage the people you work with using visuals!

For more information click here.


Forestry Skills Boot Camp

September 23 - October 11, 2013 - College of the Rockies

A 15 day course offers certifications and practical field training for individuals who are not be currently working and not be on EI.  

For more information email


KCP Annual Gathering

October 4-5, 2013  - Creston, BC

For more information refer to the above agenda or email


Community Based Social Marketing (CBSM) Workshop

October 9 - 10, 2013 - Vancouver, BC

This two-day advanced workshop provides an in-depth exploration of how community-based social marketing can be used to foster sustainable behaviour.

For more information click here.


Permaculture Design Certificate Course  

October 13 - 26 - Clear Sky Centre (near Cranbrook)

This is the intensive two week PDC format following the full 72 hour PDC curriculum as laid out in "Permaculture, A Designers Manual,"(Mollison 1983). The course is taught by Jesse Lemieux of Pacific Permaculture.

For more information click here.

Real Estate Foundation of BC 2013 Land Awards Gala

October 25, 2013 - Vancouver, BC

The Land Awards recognize initiatives that demonstrate leadership, innovation, and collaboration in sustainable land use in British Columbia. 

For more information click here. 


CBEEN Voices for Sustainability Symposium

November 1 - 3, 2013 - Crawford Bay

This weekend retreat will offer environmental educators the opportunity to learn, share and connect!

For more information click here. 


Kootenay Lake Summit

November 9, 2013 - Balfour Community Hall

The first annual Lake Summit will bring together people to inspire, educate, identify data gaps, and develop ideas for stewardship projects. 

For more information click here.



BirdLife Partnership 

International report on state of the world's birds


Birds are excellent indicators of environmental change. Declines of some species clearly reflect the pressures human activities on the world's biodiversity. The release of the "State of the World's Birds" report explains that bird populations and overall ecosystem health are declining around the world.

But there is good news: conservation works. The annual investment needed to protect nature is surprisingly low and the report outlines where and how that money should be spent. BirdLife International is the world's largest nature conservation partnership.

The BirdLife Partnership has identified the most important places for nature, called Important Bird Areas or IBAs.

Learn more
about the State of the World's Birds report by clicking here



Please let us know how our monthly eNews can be improved!  


And remember, if you have news or announcements you would like to contribute, please email them to us by the 26th of each month. 


Duncan Whittick

Administrative Assistant