September 2013 eNews


Autumn is nearly here and conservation related opportunities are as plentiful as the leaves starting to fall from the trees!  


This fall, KCP Partners have the opportunity to participate in a plethora of conservation related workshops, conferences and events.  From exciting new events such as the Watershed Symposium and Kootenay Lake Summit, to more familiar events put on by partners such as CMI, CBEEN and CCRIFC, this line-up literally has something for everyone. 


Also, don't forget about KCP's Annual Gathering and Awards in Creston on October 4-5 (details below).  


As always, feel free to pass along any conservation-related events, resources or opportunities that you would like us to share through our network by emailing  


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

12:00pm - CBT Hosted Lunch and Presentation

1:30pm - Opening Remarks / Setting the Stage

2:00pm - Focus on Stewardship

4:30pm - KCP Governance & Participation Charter

7:00pm - Hosted Banquet and Evening Program including KCP Conservation Leadership Awards


Saturday, October 5

7:30am - Hosted Breakfast
9:00am - Strategic Priorities Workshop 
12:00pm - Hosted Lunch
2:30pm - Closing Remarks

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) & Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO)

Open House 

FWCP and FLNRO are hosting an Open House at Meadow Creek Spawning Channel at the north end of Kootenay Lake on Sunday September 8, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Come see thousands of kokanee, talk to biologists, learn about channel operations, and hear about the nutrient additions in Kootenay Lake. 

Please note that the new viewing hours to see kokanee at Meadow Creek Spawning Channel is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. The channel may be closed at short notice if there are human-bear conflicts during these opening times.  For more information please call 250-354-6333, or click here.


Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia

Who are BC's Water Leaders?

Freshwater sustainability is one of our core focus areas at the Real Estate Foundation of BC. That's why we joined with the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance at the University of Victoria to publish a new report, "The State of the Water Movement in British Columbia: A Waterscape Scan & Needs Assessment of the BC NGO Sector." The report compiled data from interviews with 11 freshwater leaders and an online survey completed by 61 non-governmental organizations working on water issues across B.C.

But just who are the people and organizations that make up B.C.'s water community? They are a dedicated - and diverse - lot.  Read about them by clicking here.  


Columbia Basin Watershed Network (CBWN) and Living Lakes Canada

Participate in the 2013 Watershed Symposium: Think Like a Watershed

This year, our Symposium coincides with the Canadian Columbia River Inter tribal Fisheries Commission's Columbia Salmon Festival September 28th.  The theme of this years Symposium, "Think Like a Watershed" will get participants to consider watershed management from a holistic watershed perspective. Please join us at this important event as we begin to forge a new age of water governance in the Columbia Basin.  Click here for more information.


Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area (CVWMA)

Field Operations Technician

This full-time position reports to the Head of Operations and is directly responsible for the management and maintenance of the wetland compartments, associated infrastructure and equipment. This position may conduct and/or supervise activities required in the physical manipulation of habitat, control of public access and maintenance and security of fixed assets. This position also supervises field staff and contractors when required.  Click here for more information.  


Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN)

Wild Voices for Kids Community Educators

Are you a forester or geographer?  A biologist or mountain guide?  Do you have some unique knowledge or skill you want to pass on to students?  If so, we'd like to talk to you.  Wild Voices for Kids (WVFK) provides training and assistance with program development, promotes presenters and their programs, and provides cash honoraria to Community Educators (CE's).  The best part is that CEs can work as often or as little as their schedules permit, making it very simple for underemployed TOCs, retired educators, or even working professionals to get involved.  For more information please contact program coordinator Susie MacDonald at or click here.   


Mountain Equipment Co-op

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 information click here.  


Environmental Education Expo & Presentation

September 20 - Radium Resort

Wildlife Biologist Dave Quinn will provide the opening keynote presentation at 3:00pm.  At 4:00pm CBEEN is coordinating an Environmental Education Expo event.  Join 20+ other organizations from across the Kootenays in showcasing your environmental education programs for schools!  Email to reserve your free booth space.  


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.


Columbia Basin Salmon Festival

September 28, 2013 - Invermere

The 3rd annual Columbia Salmon Festival celebrates the history of the salmon that once migrated to the headwaters. Learn about the cultural significance, the challenges and the prospects of restoring salmon to the Columbia Basin. Festival activities include Columbia Basin First Nations cultural showcases of art, entertainment and food.  


2013 Watershed Symposium - Think Like a Watershed

September 28 - 29, 2013 - Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

Local government officials and employees, First Nations, academics, professionals, ENGO's, stewardship groups, and community members are invited to participate in the 2013 Columbia Basin Watershed Network Symposium.  The theme of this years Symposium, "Think Like a Watershed" will get participants to consider watershed management from a holistic watershed perspective.  Click here for more information.


Forestry Skills Boot Camp

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

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

For more information email


KCP Annual Gathering

October 4-5, 2013  - Creston, BC

For more information refer to the information under the 'KCP News' at the top of this newsletter 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, 2013 - 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.

Agricultural Area Planning and Agricultural Tour

October 21, 2013 - West Creston Community Hall, West Creston
Join a panel discussion on the varied approaches and successes with regional Agricultural Area Plans from the East Kootenay, Central Kootenay and Kootenay Boundary Regional Districts, followed with a bus tour of local farms in and around Creston.  Attendees MUST register in advance. Please call or email April Ternida at the PIBC office at 604-696-5031, toll-free at 1-866-696-5031 or to reserve your seat.

Statistics for Biologists: A Refresher Course

October 22-24, 2013 - Coast Hillcrest Hotel, Revelstoke, BC The purpose of this course is to review some of the basic sampling and experiment designs used by ecologists and to understand exactly what can and cannot be extracted from a set of data. With the advent of modern statistical packages, the analysis of data is fairly easy, but it is far too easy to get nonsense results. This course will also review common pitfalls in the analysis of data.  Click here for more information.


You're on the Air - Media Relations Skills

October 25, 2013 - Selkirk College, Nelson

Discover how to communicate your messages with ease and flair when dealing with the media, whether print, radio, television or online.  Learn how to unpack and diffuse a reporter's questions to ensure you get your messages out during an interview.  This workshop includes you getting experience in front of the camera.  Learn how to quell your nerves and convey your message with credibility and conviction.  Click here for more information.

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. 


Voices for Sustainability Symposium

November 1 - 3, 2013 - Crawford Bay

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

For more information click here. 


Introduction to R Software

November 5-7, 2013 - Coast Hillcrest Hotel, Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada 

R is a free programming environment for data manipulation, statistical analyses and graphics that is becoming increasingly popular among ecologists. R is extremely powerful, can be readily extended to non-standard methods through the downloading of packages, and runs on a wide variety of platforms. Click here for more information.  

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. 

Register now.   


Species at Risk Primer Program

Stewardship Centre for British Columbia

The Species at Risk Primer is an easy-to use entry point for people wanting to research and learn about species at risk in British Columbia. It provides basic biological and distribution information in lay terms and provides easy access to more detailed information from the Conservation Data Centre (CDC) and other sources. Local government staff, consultants, landowners, citizens groups, non-profit organizations and students should all find it useful.


The Species at Risk Primer update project is developing solutions-based approaches to land management for species at risk. Stewardship practices (SPs) will be developed for species at risk of concern to agricultural producers, local governments and private landowners in priority geographic areas such as the Fraser Valley and the South Okanagan. SPs will be tailored to the particular suites of species that occur on the landscape in consultation with species experts, the agricultural community and government.


Visit the website at or take a look at our SAR Factsheet for a succinct introduction to the Primer and the Update project.   



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Duncan Whittick

Administrative Assistant