July 2013 eNews

Welcome, summer! 


While the ground soaks up all of the moisture, our new KCP team has been soaking up information on everything to do with the KCP.  We look forward to working hard over the coming months to connect with our partners to help conserve the best in the Kootenays. 


Claire de la Salle, KCP's new Stewardship Coordinator  is really looking forward to working with all partners to enhance and improve stewardship on private lands in the Kootenay Region.  She will be getting up-to-date on current stewardship efforts/priorities in the area and from there she will be in touch regarding next steps.  Claire welcomes emails at Claire@kootenayconservation.ca


Duncan Whittick, KCP's new Administrative Assistant, looks forward to connecting with partners and welcomes all submissions to distribute in the monthly e-news.  Please feel free to sent Duncan your e-news information at Duncan@kootenayconservation.ca


Meanwhile, Dave Hillary has turned his attention to revising the KCP's Strategic Priorities Document along with creating a new KCP Governance and Participation Charter.  Dave, as always, can be reached at Dave@kootenayconservation.ca


All the best from our team to yours!


Dave, Claire & Duncan


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 info@kootenayconservation.ca 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 at the KCP AGM in the fall. 



KCP AGM and Annual Gathering

Fall, 2013

KCP's Annual Gathering & AGM is being planned for the fall.  Dates and location to be announced shorty.  



Dawn Deydey wins national hometown hero award

Dawn Deydey, founder of Fernie's innovative Community EcoGarden, has received national recognition for her incredible work engaging the community around food security and sustainability issues.  Deydey is the recipient of the Earth Day Canada 2013 Individual Hometown Heroes Award, The Hometown Heroes Award Program, established in 2004, recognizes and celebrates environmental leaders who foster meaningful, long-term community awareness and action.  Click here for the full story.


Biodiversity Atlas

A new emphasis on citizen science

The Biodiversity Atlas has added three tools for reporting nest boxes, wildlife trees, and road kill.  In addition to the Atlas, many other organizations are incorporating citizen science into their programs. A local example of this is Friends of Kootenay Lake (FOKL). FOKL is running a number of water quality outings on Kootenay Lake these next few weeks, and site visitors can share their observations at any time. The folks at the Biodiversity Atlas are excited about citizen science and they look forward to sharing data and tools with new and existing partners in the future.  Click here to see all of their amazing work. 


BC Conservation Foundations rolls out WildSafeBC

The British Columbia Conservation Foundation have expanding their Bear Aware program to include education about other wildlife that come into conflict in urban

settings. One of the ways that they will help educate the public about the extent of human-wildlife conflicts within the province is through our new mapping initiative called the Wildlife Alert & Reporting Program (WARP).  This program displays a summary of weekly wildlife sightings from around the province and can be viewed here


Ktunaxa Nation Council

Ktunaxa's Kathryn Teneese touts benefits of resource agreements

Recent First Nation agreements will improve communications between Ktunaxa and the province and open the door for future agreements with resource companies like Teck and Canfor, Kathryn Teneese, told reporters in an interview last week.  Click here for the full story. 



New Outdoor Leadership & Development Initiative for Youth

Explore the natural world around you through a series of leadership initiatives, outdoor skills workshops and a multi-day backcountry trip.  This 11 day, co-ed, summer camp-style program is an opportunity for young adults (aged 16-19) to build confidence through problem solving skills; to work more effectively in teams, and to develop communication skills. The program runs August 19th-29th, 2013 and applications will be accepted until July 15th.  Click here for more information. 


Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN)

CBEEN Wins National EE Award

CBEEN has been chosen as the recipient of the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM) Award in the category of Outstanding Environmental Education Membership OrganizationThe EECOM awards committee chose CBEEN for this award which recognizes the importance, vitality, and accomplishments of environmental education or communication organizations across Canada. Click here to read more.


Environmental Education Showcase

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



Columbia Basin Trust

Job Posting: Administrative Assistant, Sector Initiatives (includes Water & Environment)

The Administrative Assistant will be responsible for providing administrative support to the Sector Initiatives Department at CBT, including support related to the development and implementation of strategic plans, initiatives and programs. The Administrative Assistant reports to the Director, Sector Initiatives. Occasional travel is required. The position is located in Golden.  Resumes accepted via email only.  Deadline: July 5, 2013.  Click here for more information. 


Government of British Columbia

Request for Proposals:  EXTENDED

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.


TD Friends of the Environment

Deadline: July 15

This program accepts applications four times a year and funds programs, projects and training for your organization.

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 brian@ardcorp.ca


Crown of the Continent Conference

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

Building Partnerships: Linking Local Actions and Landscape Outcomes 

For more information click 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 kbrons@cotr.bc.ca


KCP Annual Gathering & AGM

Fall, 2013 (date coming shortly!)

For more information email info@kootenayconservation.ca


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.

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. 


BCPOLIS & Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

The Case for Water-Use Reporting in Case for Water-Use Reporting in BC


Last week, the new report Counting Every Drop: The Case for Water-Use Reporting in BC was released by the University of Victoria's POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).
Authored by Ben Parfitt (POLIS Research Associate and CCPA Policy Analyst), Counting Every Drop argues that the Province of BC should safeguard the public interest by creating a robust, publicly accessible water-use database that covers all withdrawals from surface and groundwater sources by major users. The report provides clear recommendations to set the stage for a robust water-use reporting regime in future years.

Although not highlighted in the report, the BC Water Use Reporting Centre is a good existing pilot project. This voluntary program shows that a province-wide monitoring program is possible, and offers a viable model that could be expanded upon. This online water management and reporting system is an initiative of the Okanagan Basin Water Board, in partnership with the Province of BC and Environment Canada.  


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. 


Duncan Whittick

Administrative Assistant