June 2013


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


We would like to welcome Duncan Whittick and Claire de la Salle to our award winning KCP team! 


Duncan will provide support to the team as Administrative and Communications Assistant. Duncan's concurrent role as Executive Director for the Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN) will dovetail well with this position. Duncan brings with him an established Kootenay-wide network as well as a variety of communication and administrative tools and skills. Duncan has also worked with other successful conservation organizations such as the Jane Goodall Institute, the National Trust for Scotland and Alberta Parks and Protected Areas. Duncan looks forward to the opportunity to connect with you in the near future and will become a fixture at all KCP Committee Meetings and Events! Duncan resides in Invermere, British Columbia


Claire will be KCP's new Stewardship Coordinator following in the footsteps set down by Marcy Mahr. Like Duncan, Claire will be serving double duty as she continues her work as part-time Program Manager with the Friends of Kootenay Lake. Claire has previously worked as a Conservation Specialist with Ducks Unlimited Canada, Ecosystem Technician with the Canadian Wildlife Service and a Habitat Asset Manager with the BC Waterfowl Society. Claire will be starting work at KCP in mid-June and resides on the North Shore of Kootenay Lake outside of Nelson, British Columbia.


Best Regards,


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

KCP Wins $6,350 Award

BC Hydro - First Wave



Real Estate Foundation Grant

KCP Receives $30,000 Grant from the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia

KCP Partners Receive Grants from the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia

Real Estate Foundation Grants


Columbia Basin Trust

Welcome Tim Hicks 

CBT is pleased to announce that Tim Hicks has joined as Manager, Water and Environment. Tim will play a significant role in overseeing CBT's Water and Environment strategic plans, programs and initiatives.


"I'm excited to be working with CBT and sharing my knowledge of water management and environmental stewardship," Tim said. "I'm also excited to be returning from Victoria to the Kootenays, where my family and I are now living on the same Castlegar acreage my wife's grandfather settled many years ago."


Tim comes to CBT with a passion for people and the environment complemented by diverse experience in the environment sector, ranging from volunteer experience with a local stream keepers group, to work with a consulting firm in Nelson and with municipal, regional and provincial governments. Prior to coming to CBT, Tim was Project Director for Masse Environmental Consultants in Nelson and Manager of Policy and Project Assessment with the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office in Victoria.


He has a Master of Arts in Environment and Management from Royal Roads University, plus a Diploma in Integrated Environmental Planning from Selkirk College.

Tim is based out of CBT's Castlegar office. To connect with him or other CBT staff members, visit www.cbt.org/staff.


Join the Conversation
CBT Wants Your Ideas on Future Environmental Plans
Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) is seeking to strengthen the delivery of environmental benefits to all Basin residents. Input from people such as yourself, working on environmental issues, combined with ideas from other Basin residents, will contribute to the renewal of CBT's Environmental Strategic Plan, to be completed later this year.

We invite you to join the conversation alongside others who share your interest in the environment by participating in a workshop. 
Please RSVP by May 31. Save the date and mark your calendar today!
In-person Workshops
Each workshop will be preceded by an open house.  Lunch will be provided.
Open Houses 10 am - 11 am Workshops 11 am - 4 pm
Revelstoke, Tuesday, June 11
Creston, Friday, June 14  
Fernie, Tuesday, June 18  
Invermere, Wednesday, June 19 
Cranbrook, Thursday, June 20 
Trail, Monday, June 24
Nelson, Tuesday, June 25 
Video Conference Workshop
Valemount, Thursday, June 13 - 9:00 am - 11:00 am PST / 10:00am - Noon MST
Online Workshops
Thursday, June 13 - 11:30 am - 1:00 pm PST / 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm MST
Thursday, June 13 - 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm PST / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm MST
Venue details and online workshop registration links will be provided via email in June.
Learn more about CBT's current water and environmental initiatives.
Learn about CBT's current Environmental Strategic Plan and current Water Initiatives Strategy.
As part of a broader outreach to Basin residents, you may have already received another email from CBT asking you about the key social, economic and environmental challenges in your region. I hope you will take the time to share your thoughts and participate in that Thoughtstream. More information can be found at www.cbt.org/engagement2013.


Tim Hicks | Manager, Water and Environment Columbia Basin Trust (250) 304-1666



Wild Voices for Kids hits 40,000

Since taking the program over in 2009, CBEEN has facilitated 40,103 Wild Voices for Kids environmental education programs to students across the Columbia Basin. CBEEN now has 79 Community Educators participating in the program. Would you like to be a Community Educator? Find out more online. 


Kootenay Community Bat Project

Volunteer for the Annual Bat Count

The Kootenay Community Bat Project is gearing up to host the second Annual Bat Count starting in June. Participants are matched with a roost site near them which may be a bat-house, attic, shed or barn where bats are known to be roosting. Arriving � hour before sunset, volunteers count bats as they fly out of the roost and are silhouetted against the sky. Volunteers are asked to commit to two evenings in June and two in July if possible. The goal of this count is to collect baseline data on bat populations, particularly before the potential arrival of White-Nose Syndrome which is a disease that is decimating bat populations in eastern North America. Folks from across Canada are looking to the Kootenays as a model for this type of initiative. Find out more and register to volunteer. 

Columbia Basin Trust

Job Posting: Community Liaison, Southwest Basin

The Community Liaison helps to deliver CBT's programs and initiatives in a defined geographical area. The Community Liaison promotes the vision and mandate of CBT, and works with local communities and agencies to support their community development activities within a framework established by CBT and reflecting priorities approved by CBT. This is a management position reporting to the Director, Community Initiatives and is based in our Castlegar office.

A detailed description of duties, skills and qualifications can be viewed online or please contact us using the information below.


Deadline: June 3, 2013, Noon PT


Contact: Debra Stewart Human Resources Coordinator 1.800.505.8998


Government of British Columbia

Request for Proposals

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

Issue date: May 16, 2013 


Closing Time: Proposal must be received before 6:00 PM Pacific Time on: June 17, 2013


GOVERNMENT CONTACT PERSON: All enquiries related to this Request for Proposals (RFP), including any requests for information and clarification, are to be directed, in writing, to the following person who will respond if time permits. Information obtained from any other source is not official and should not be relied upon. Enquiries and any responses will be recorded and may be distributed to all Proponents at the Province's option.


Ingrid Strauss Senior Policy Analyst, Columbia River Treaty Review PO Box 9314 Stn Prov Govt Victoria, BC V8W 9M1 Fax: (250) 952-0258

June 28, 2013 - Real Estate Foundation British Columbia

Small Grants and Responsive Grants


July 26, 2013 - Vancouver Foundation

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


Ongoing - Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network

CBEEN still has a few bursaries left to help you undertake training that will assist you in environmental education. Find out more online.

June 14 - 16, 2013

Grand Forks Wetlandkeepers

On June 14 - 16, join the BC Wildlife Federation and local partners (The Christina Lake Stewardship Society, Regional District of Kootenay Boundary, Granby Wilderness Society, Boundary Weed Management Committee, and Grand Forks Wildlife Association) for a 2.5 day FREE wetland stewardship workshop at Selkirk College and Boothman's Oxbow. Register early, as space is limited! 

At "Wetlandkeepers" you will learn about wetland types and functions while gaining hands on experience with wetland soil, vegetation and wildlife surveys, wetland inventory, and GPS mapping. You will leave with the tools, resources, and support necessary to start stewarding wetlands in your area! If you are interested in this free workshop, find out more online


June 15, 2013
Wild Nature Tours

Wildsight now has the date of their first Wild Nature tour up and bookable.  

There's more information on both the site as well as the Wild Nature Tours Facebook page.


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.

Wildlife Conservation Society
Title: The Transboundary Flathead A Critical Landscape for Carnivores in the Rocky Mountains
Link Author(s): Marilyn Katsabas

Abstract: The Transboundary Flathead: A Critical Landscape for Carnivores in the Rocky Mountains. John Weaver. WCS Working Papers No. 18. 2001 The Rocky Mountains from Yellowstone to Yukon offer one of the last, best opportunities on the continent for carnivore conservation. The Flathead River Basin spans the International border between British Columbia and Montana where it forms the western boundary of Glacier National Park. Its unique community of carnivore species including wolf, lynx, marten, wolverine, and grizzly bear, is unmatched in North America

Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative
Linking Into the Future: A Conservation Plan for the Purcell, Selkirk and Monashee Ranges of Southern BC
Date: Jun 12, 2013
Event Type: GNLCC
Webinar Time: 12:00-1:00 pm Mountain Time
Webinar Link
Hosts: Great Northern LCC and Conservation Northwest Presenter: Greg Utzig, Project Science Coordinator, Kutenai Nature Investigations Ltd.

Description: Climate change is projected to have significant impacts on most species in the coming decades. This webinar will provide an overview of conservation planning tools and methodologies developed for use by a collaborative group in response to these challenges. The primary purpose of this project is to identify additional conservation lands and management strategies that may be required to meet biological conservation goals in the Columbia Basin and southern Rockies. 

Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative

Atlas of the Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative

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Dave Hillary