Conservation in the Kootenays
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August 2022
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BC Wildlife Federation’s Wetland Education Program (WEP) works to teach landowners how to restore, enhance, and conserve wetlands on their properties. They offer courses in communities all across BC to provide the knowledge and tools for participants to be wetland stewards in their own backyard.

Highlights from the KCP Board Meeting on July 5, 2022

  • KCP is currently seeking Board members. There are two positions available for election at the September 24 AGM.
  • Marcy Mahr provided updates to the KCP Board on Conservation Action Forums and the potential ECCC extension for Kootenay Connect Years 5 to 7. KCP needs to reflect on whether or not to move forward with more Conservation Action Forums or if the neighbourhoods with very active champions have already been visited.
  • KCP is continuing to support outreach for the Local Conservation Fund referendum in the Slocan Valley (Area H). The KCP Board approved utilizing $15,000 of the KCP Reserve Fund to support these efforts.
  • KCP Fall Gathering registration is now open for KCP Partner organizations.
  • KCP will be discussing further direction on Indigenous engagement at the fall Board meeting.

KCP Partner organizations are welcome to participate in a KCP Board meeting. Our next meeting date has not yet been identified. Please contact us if you are interested!
2022 KCP Fall Gathering - Registration Now Open!
September 23-24, Creston
KCP is excited to host a celebration of 20 years of partnership for the Kootenay Conservation Program! This event will showcase the achievements of KCP partner organizations in the past 20 years in conservation in the Kootenays in private land securement, landscape connectivity, local conservation funds and much more. It has been a few years since the KCP Fall Gathering has taken place in person and it will be an excellent opportunity to connect and re-connect KCP partners from across the region. Guest speakers will provide insights on looking forward into the next 20 years and preparing for conservation. The draft agenda can be viewed at the link below.

KCP Conservation Leadership Awards 
Nomination Deadline: September 2, 2022  
Do you know someone who deserves to be recognized for their conservation work in the Kootenays? The annual KCP Conservation Leadership Awards recognize individuals who have demonstrated leadership, innovation and dedication to conservation in our region. Nominees must be affiliated with a KCP partner organization (see our Partner Profiles booklet or contact us if unsure) and they must show a demonstrated commitment toward the KCP vision. We welcome your nominations on or before September 2. All nominees must have three nominators. Nominations will be valid for three years unless otherwise specified. Award winners will be announced at the KCP Fall Gathering on September 23.

KCP Board of Directors
Seeking two new Board members 
Want to contribute to a collaborative partnership aimed at promoting private land conservation by becoming a KCP Board member? The role of the KCP Board is to balance the desire for decision-making that is as inclusive as possible with the need to prioritize limited resources and the need to respond quickly to changing circumstances and emerging opportunities. KCP is currently seeking two individuals to join the Board. Board members must be part of a KCP partner organization or First Nation and be willing to stand for election at the KCP AGM on September 24th in Creston. Nominations must be received by September 1st. Please contact KCP Program Director Juliet Craig at juliet@kootenayconservation.ca for more information.

Kootenay Connect website updated
Year 3 highlights available in new online format
KCP's multi-year Kootenay Connect project wrapped up Year 3 at the end of March, and the highlights of all the work accomplished to date are now available in a new user-friendly layout on the Kootenay Connect website where you'll find reports, maps and videos. Check back as new files get added.
Monarch Butterflies return to the West Kootenay
Kootenay Native Plant Society
On June 24, Tiffany Muncaster, a summer intern working for the Pollination Pathway Climate Adaptation Initiative, was surveying showy milkweed in the Pend d'Oreille valley when she caught a glimpse of a bright orange butterfly fluttering amongst the milkweeds. "The vibrant orange wings were striking, I couldn’t believe my eyes, it had to be a Monarch,” said Muncaster. Returning a week later, a Pollination Pathway team was delighted to discover at least 21 monarch larvae happily feeding on young milkweed plants. "This is the fourth confirmed breeding site for Monarchs in the West Kootenay, and the first time Monarchs have been seen here since 2018," says Valerie Huff, program manager of the Pollination Pathway, a program of the Kootenay Native Plant Society.

Wildsight Golden
Motus Network established to track Bank Swallows
In late June 2022, Wildsight Golden started a new thread of the Upper Columbia Swallow Habitat Enhancement Project by putting 50 Motus tags (wildlife tracking devices) on 50 individual threatened Bank Swallows. This was done in partnership with Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Canadian Wildlife Service. The collaboration also installed three large Motus Wildlife Tracking stations in the Columbia Valley, along with a smaller tower at one of the colonies located on Shuswap Band land, with their permission.

Wild Sheep Society of BC
Watch new film 'Transmission' online
The Wild Sheep Society of BC is presenting a new film 'Transmission' created for the purpose of raising awareness about M. ovi. Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae (M. ovi) is a bacterial species that is commonly found in the nasal cavity and sinuses of apparently healthy domestic sheep and goats. It is transmitted to wild sheep and goats (bighorn sheep, thinhorn sheep and mountain goats) via nose-to-nose contact and, less commonly, aerosol/droplet transmission. In bighorn sheep, M. ovi has been associated with large all-aged die-offs due to pneumonia, which is often followed by years of lower lamb birth and survival rates that can have devastating population impacts. The Wild Sheep Society of BC is a recipient of Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund funding for a project in the Columbia Valley that is attempting to understand the prevalence of M.ovi by sampling as many domestic sheep as possible, to determine the level of risk to the bighorn population.

Nature of Conservancy of Canada 
Restoring whitebark pine and helping species that rely on it
Unfortunately, in the Columbia Basin and many other North American areas, a fungus is decimating whitebark pine trees and the Nature Conservancy of Canada is working to remedy this, with support from Columbia Basin Trust. One recent project is helping to restore whitebark pine in the Darkwoods Conservation Area, a 63,000-hectare protected space between Nelson and Creston that the organization owns and manages.

Kootenay Bank Swallow Survey
Summer 2022 newsletter available
The Bank Swallow has been designated as Threatened in Canada due to steep declines and is listed under the Species at Risk Act. Summer is the perfect time to visit the colonies in your area and report on numbers of burrows and adults seen. Activity is at its peak because the young are being fed in the nests; counts can be made easily from a distance so there is little risk of disturbance. Learn more and get the current snapshot on the Kootenay Bank Swallow Survey in the Summer 2022 newsletter.

Living Lakes Canada
Learning & Lake Monitoring with Local Youth and Stewardship Groups
Living Lakes Canada recently co-hosted a LakeKeepers workshop with the BC Lake Stewardship Society (BCLSS) in the Columbia Valley, B.C. Participating groups included the Columbia Lake Stewardship Society, Lake Windermere Ambassadors, and Wildsight’s Kimberley-Cranbrook Youth Climate Corps. This 1.5-day workshop gave these groups the opportunity to learn more about lake health assessments and lake ecology.

FWCP/Nature Trust of BC/Province of BC/KinSeed Ecologies
Native species planted to entice pollinators
At Bummers Flats, near Fort Steele, in the East Kootenay, a project with FWCP funding is addressing two issues of conservation concern: 1) controlling invasive plants, and 2) supporting declining pollinators. The project is led by KinSeed Ecologies, in partnership with the Province of B.C., and The Nature Trust of B.C. The site, more than 10,000 m² along a dike in the Bummers Flats Conservation Property Complex, is home to several species at risk, including purple meadow-rue, wild licorice, and the silver-spotted skipper butterfly. Baseline sampling of 500 specimens confirms that 14 bumble bee species, including two at-risk species, are present. Invasive plants, like spotted knapweed, are also present at the site. The project will focus on removing invasive plants and then planting native plants to support pollinators.

Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN)
Outdoor Learning Store now open across North America
After a number of months of preparation, CBEEN’s non-profit Outdoor Learning Store is now open across North America. The store can now support schools, educators and organizations in both Canada and the US in accessing excellent outdoor learning resources, equipment and kits. All proceeds go back to non-profit initiatives, with the majority of benefits ending up in the Columbia Basin. 

BC Protected Areas Research Forum
Call for Proposals
BC Protected Areas Research Forum (BC PARF) is a partnership between the research community, and regional, provincial and federal park governing agencies. The BC PARF Research Forum brings together researchers, advocates, managers, and community members who create, share, and use research for parks and protected areas management in British Columbia. This year’s forum takes place in Nanaimo December 12-14 and keynote speakers are Chief Roland Willson and Naomi Owens-Beek on Indigenous Led Conservation: Saving the Threatened Klinse-Za Caribou Herd. Submissions are due by September 15.
QGIS Level I & II: Remote Attendance
Online, dates arranged by you and the instructor
The free, open source QGIS program is used and supported by a world-wide array of developers. Learn how to use this program to produce maps from public databases and your own knowledge. In a hands-on environment, students will load basic maps, add lines, shapes, overlay images, create contour maps, add labels and produce high quality maps for print or digital presentation. This popular course continues to receive great reviews from students. Hosted by Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology. 

2nd Annual National Lake Blitz
Until September 31, Lakes everywhere
From May to September, Living Lakes Canada is hosting the National Lake Blitz, an entry-level citizen science program whereby volunteers were sent easy-to-use kits to monitor the lake of their choice. Currently 340 volunteers are monitoring lakes across Canada and all data collected is being shared in an online Lake Observation Map.

Lake Biodiversity Photo Challenge - Vote for Public Favourites!
August 15, Online
Voting has been extended to August 15 for Living Lakes Canada's Lake Biodiversity Photo Challenge. Help choose a Public Favourite in three different categories: Most Biodiverse, Most Impacted and Kids Category. Visit the Online Gallery and "heart" your favourite photo in each category. Instructions at the link below.

Bioblitz
August 7, near Nelson
The first of two bioblitz field trips this summer hosted by Neighbours United. Join your neighbours to learn about the threatened ecosystems and identify plants and animals at risk in the West Kootenays. Meet at 11 am PT at Grohman Narrows Provincial Park, a treasured wild space that may be at risk of industrial development.

Farnham Glacier Hike
August 15, Columbia Valley
Ice, water and life are infinitely connected. Join adventurer and PhD student in mountain hydrology, Caroline Aubry-Wake, on a day-long hike to Farnham Glacier, west of Radium Hot Springs. Her work with the Coldwater Laboratory in Canmore contributes to the understanding of how retreating glaciers, changing landscapes and a warming climate are affecting water resources in mountain basins in the Canadian Rockies. High clearance vehicle is needed; carpooling will be encouraged. This event is part of the Fire & Ice series hosted by Wildsight Invermere.

Toadfest 2022
August 17-18, Summit Lake Provincial Park near Nakusp
Bring the family and learn more about western toads and other species that call the region home. It’s a fun, free event! See the live aquatic insects, reptiles, and amphibians on display.
Enjoy kids’ activities View interactive displays on local wildlife and plants. And, if toadlets are present, help them across the road! Toadfest 2022 is organized by the FWCP, BC Parks, Ministry of Forests, and the Okanagan Nation Alliance. Special thanks to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. On August 17 Toadfest will run from 4-7pm PT; on August 18 it will run from 9 am until noon PT.

Fire Story: A learning walk
August 27, Redstreak Campground in Radium Hot Springs
Let’s walk through a Restoration Forest and learn how fire replenishes the land and provides food and homes for animals and ourselves. Before the newcomers came to this land, there was a healthy eco-system, taken care of by Indigenous peoples who knew how to use fire wisely. Among many First Nations, there were fire chiefs who had the knowledge and gifts wrapped in the relationship with earth and fire. Today, there is still a strong relationship with fire and ceremony, including the fire keepers at the sacred Sundance Ceremony. This event is part of the Fire & Ice series hosted by Wildsight Invermere.

The Big Buzz: Elk Root Conservation Community Open House
August 28, Winlaw
Come out and be a part of all the fun at The Big Buzz on August 28th, 4-8pm, Elk Root Conservation’s highly anticipated summer festival fundraiser. Enjoy live performances from international recording artist, Daphne Tse, joined by guest musician Cooper Ladnier, and the incredible Kootenay-rooted successes Craig Beauchamp from the Hillties, and Tenise Marie. All admission proceeds (adult $12, senior $10, kids by donation) go directly to supporting Elk Root Conservations’ newest project; the Regenerative Educational Community Food Gardens to increase local food security for vulnerable community members. The Big Buzz will take place at Elk Root Conservation Farm, 4010 Passmore Lower Rd in Winlaw, BC.

Meadow Creek Spawning Channel Open House
September 10, Meadow Creek (north end of Kootenay Lake)
Meadow Creek Spawning Channel Open House is back this September. View the spawning kokanee, talk to biologists, learn about the Nutrient Restoration Program in Kootenay Lake, and about co-existing with grizzly bears. Hosted by the FWCP and the Ministry of Forests. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. PT.

Bioblitz
September 11, near New Denver
The second of two bioblitz field trips this summer hosted by Neighbours United. Join your neighbours to learn about the threatened ecosystems and identify plants and animals at risk in the West Kootenays. Meet at 11 am PT. At the proposed Zincton Resort Development, home to animals like the Selkirk caribou, Northern goshawks, and western toad.

Ed Struzik – The Future of Fire
September 17, Invermere
Fires are burning bigger, hotter and with increasing frequency as the climate warms. A doubling of wildfire activity is expected by the end of this century. In this presentation, author Ed Struzik describes the many mistakes that have been made in managing fire in the past and what we can do in the future to mitigate the damage, and use fire in some cases, to our advantage. This event is part of the Fire & Ice series hosted by Wildsight Invermere.

B.C. Wildlife Federation's Wetlands Institute
September 19-25, Grand Forks/Slocan Valley/Trail
This 7-day environmental stewardship workshop covers a wide variety of topics including wetland classification, hands-on techniques in planning, constructing, and restoring wetlands while providing a network of individuals who will help you successfully complete your local conservation project(s). Participants are expected to come to the course with a wetland or watershed-related project or program that they wish to implement in their community or have a high likelihood to initiate a project/program in the future. Apply soon, as this course has been known to fill quickly. A maximum of 25 participants will be accepted. Registration closes Monday, August 15th, 2022, at midnight.

2022 KCP Fall Gathering Registration Now Open!
September 23-24, Creston
KCP is excited to host a celebration of 20 years of partnership for the Kootenay Conservation Program! This event will showcase the achievements of KCP partner organizations in the past 20 years in conservation in the Kootenays in private land securement, landscape connectivity, local conservation funds and much more. It has been a few years since the KCP Fall Gathering has taken place in person and it will be an excellent opportunity to connect and re-connect KCP partners from across the region. Guest speakers will provide insights on looking forward into the next 20 years and preparing for conservation. The draft agenda can be viewed at the link below. 

Fungal Ecology: Beyond Decomposition
September 23-24, Revelstoke
This is a 1.5 day workshop with Tyson Ehlers and Robert Macrae. The course will inspire appreciation for fungi, while providing practical identification and collection techniques. It'll be an expanded version of the popular workshop we delivered in 2019 that filled very quickly, so be sure to register right away.

Climate Change and Watershed Security
September 27, Radium Hot Springs
Glacier ice is nature’s savings account for water; but with disappearing glaciers, in conjunction with a warmer future, its availability will fundamentally change. Learn more about the state of water in the Columbia Basin in this presentation about Living Lakes Canada’s Columbia Basin Water Monitoring Framework, an innovative program that supports Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities and decision makers in understanding water quantity. Some people predict that our next wars will be around water. It’s that important. This event is part of the Fire & Ice series hosted by Wildsight Invermere.

CMI Researchers' Forum - Call for presentations now open!
October 14-15, TBD
Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology is excited about the return of their annual Researchers' Forum where they gather with ecologists (of various descriptions!) to provide updates on ecological projects taking place in southeastern British Columbia, such as research, field trials, new ecological projects and their associated community initiatives. These updates cover a wide range of topics and species. This is an informal atmosphere and everyone is invited to attend. This year the emphasis will be the theme of restoration, although all proposals for ecological projects in the area are welcome.

Classrooms to Communities: Reconnecting Ourselves with Landscapes, Waterways and Each Other
October 21-22, Revelstoke
Registration is now open for the C2C 2022 Conference. CBEEN is partnering with many C2C Partners to host the 2022 C2C Conference in Revelstoke. Join educators, change makers and community partners from across B.C. for this 2-day, in-person conference. The Classrooms to Communities (C2C) 2022 Conference aims to support the practice of learning connected to landscapes, waterways and communities. The conference will feature a variety of indoor and outdoor sessions, workshops, gatherings and other opportunities for professional learning, celebration and dialogue.

An Introduction to Camera Trap Data Management and Analysis in R
October 26-28/October 31-November 2, Revelstoke (full - waitlists available)
The number of projects employing camera traps to understand ecological phenomena is growing rapidly – as are the number of statistical tools to analyze the resultant data. Consequently, the management and analysis of camera trap data can seem complex and overwhelming. This course aims to guide participants in effective ways to store, manipulate and analyze camera trap data within the R statistical environment. To be added to the waitlist, contact office@cmiae.org with the course (1 or 2) to which you would like your name added.

Intro to R Software: Course Description 
November 22-25, Online
An introduction to the programming language R. This course hosted by the Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology will include installation of R and RStudio, installation of R packages and libraries, introduction to base R objects and data types, the power of variables, exposure to functions, for loops and conditional statements, reading data from common file types (csv/xlsx), and how to do mathematical operations and linear regression. 9am - 12pm PT.

Data Manipulation & Visualization. 
November 29 - December 2, Online
Taught by Alya Pearson over 4-half days (slightly longer days than the Intro to R). This Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology course will provide students with the tools they need to effectively tidy, transform and visualize their data in R.
Columbia Basin Trust Climate Resilience Program
Deadline: August 30
Does your organization have a large-scale, shovel-ready project to help the Basin become more Climate Resilient? This Climate Resilience Program helps communities in the Basin become more climate resilient by supporting large-scale, multi-year, shovel-ready climate mitigation, adaptation, and resilience projects that address sources of climate change or manage the risks of climate change impacts. If you have questions or a project that isn’t shovel ready but you want to talk about an idea for your community, reach out the Program Coordinator at climateresilience@ourtrust.org.

Vancouver Foundation LEVEL BIPOC Grant 
Deadline: November 2
The LEVEL BIPOC Grants Program offers flexible, operating grants of up to $50,000 to BIPOC-led charities and other qualified donees to cover costs that will contribute to their stability and capacity to advance racial equity and racial justice within their communities and programs. Addressing racial inequities and injustices is important systems change work and racialized communities are at the forefront of solutions by and for their communities. These grants are intended to be used at the discretion of these organizations based on their need and priorities to ultimately support the aspirations and hopes of BIPOC leaders in their work to advance racial justice.

Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation Stewardship Grants
Deadline: November 4
For 2023-24, HCTF will only accept Continuing Stewardship proposals in Fall 2022 (Continuing New Phase proposals will also be accepted). The Stewardship grant is undergoing an update to better integrate with other HCTF grant programs. This will improve clarity and criteria for proponents as well as streamline the application process.

Support Available to Improve Ecological Health
Deadline: Ongoing
Do you have a new project, big or small, that helps improve ecological health and native biodiversity in the Basin? If so, the Trust wants to hear from you. Does your new project enhance a terrestrial and/or aquatic ecosystem, such as wetlands, fish habitat, forests or grasslands? Implement on-the-ground action? Have a small local scale? Take less than two years to implement? If your project meets these criteria, email Natasha Jmaeff, Delivery of Benefits Manager, at njmaeff@ourtrust.org to discuss your project further.

Grassland and Rangeland Enhancement Program
Deadline: Ongoing
If you have an idea that will maintain or enhance grassland resources while meeting conservation, environment and recreation objectives, this program could help support it. This program is delivered by the Kootenay Livestock Association.

Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program Community Engagement Grants
Deadline: Ongoing
Community Engagement Grants are typically $500 to $1,000 and help stewardship groups and others take action to benefit local fish and wildlife.

Columbia Basin Trust Career Internship Program
Deadline: First-come, first-served basis
The Columbia Basin Trust Career Internship Program provides eligible employers with up to 50 per cent of an intern’s salary (up to $25,000 over a seven to 12 month term) for full-time, career-focused positions that lead to permanent employment. Eligible employers are businesses, registered non-profits, municipalities, regional districts and Indigenous organizations within the Columbia Basin Trust region.
Community Energy Association
East Kootenay Community Energy Manager, Remote
This role will support the implementation of climate and energy initiatives across the East Kootenay. Some of the things you can expect to be part of include: Supporting community policy development and implementation (land use, buildings, transportation/EV-ready, and waste); Conducting research, developing guides and template policy for local governments including carbon pollution standards, BC Energy Step Code, etc. Deadline to apply is August 8.

CBEEN’s Outdoor Learning Store
Outdoor Learning Orders Support Position, Invermere
This role will support the Outdoor Learning Orders Coordinator in getting orders out the door. This position will ensure that orders are boxed and bagged beautifully, safely and efficiently to ensure they arrive with love and in great condition to the customers’ delight. Sustainable stickers and beautiful recycled bookmarks will be applied, and then gifts will be gently guided out the door. Wrapped in recycled, reused, and sustainably created packaging supplies, the ideal candidate will have a knack for Tetris and soft spot for sustainability. Deadline to apply is August 15.

Wildsight Revelstoke
Environmental Educator, Revelstoke
Wildsight has been delivering environmental education programs in schools throughout the Columbia Basin for 22 years. They are seeking an environmental educator to deliver their Winter Wonder, Classroom with Outdoors, EcoStewards and Beyond Recycling programs. You will join their team of 20 environmental educators delivering programs to kids throughout the Columbia Basin, connecting kids to nature and inspiring a stewardship ethic. Position will remain open until filled. 

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y)
Conservation Organizer, Flexible within British Columbia
Y2Y is seeking a Conservation Organizer to join our British Columbia program team in building support for Indigenous-led conservation/stewardship. The Yellowstone to Yukon region encompasses the traditional territories and lands of many Indigenous Peoples, who have title, rights, and cultural interests across this region, and often decision-making powers. Flexible within B.C., with Vancouver, Victoria or the Y2Y geography preferred. Our B.C. team is distributed; shared offices are possible in Victoria and New Denver. Position will remain open until filled.

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y)
Conservation Scientist
Y2Y is seeking an experienced professional to be their next Conservation Scientist. This individual should have a passion for communicating science, collaborations, and ensuring the practical application of science to serve conservation. The purpose of this position is to work within Y2Y and with external entities to ensure that multidisciplinary science and knowledge are guiding Y2Y work; informing how to solve vexing conservation challenges; and monitoring progress. This is a Canmore-based position. Position will remain open until filled.

The Land Conservancy of British Columbia
Property and Covenant Manager
The Property & Covenant Manager will work with the Environmental Technician and the Biologist to oversee a portion of TLC’s covenant program and also will include property management. Using a science-based approach, you are responsible for the administration of a portion of the approximately 250 conservation covenants and eight properties held by TLC, including annual monitoring and reporting, restoration, and enforcement. Communication is the backbone of effective land management, and this will require you to liaise with potential and current property landowners, partner conservation organizations, municipal and regional government agencies. Position will remain open until filled.

Invasive Species Council of BC
Action Team Member, Cranbrook
The Invasive Species Council of BC is a provincial non-profit organization working to protect and restore BC’s landscapes and habitats from the devastating impacts of invasive species. Action Team Members are part of a 4-person crew involved in field survey, management and restoration of BC’s landscapes and habitats from the impacts of invasive species. Reporting to the Action Team Supervisor, this role requires self-motivation and high levels of organization from individuals who enjoy learning new skills and working on a team. Position will remain open until filled.

Regional District of Central Kootenay
Recycling & Waste Educator, Various locations
Recycling & Waste Educators screen recycling material or waste at a recycling facilities and sites to ensure only acceptable material is accepted, and to redirect unacceptable materials. Recycling & Waste Educators also maintain the cleanliness of sites and perform basic site maintenance. Positions available in Nakusp/New Denver/Roseberry/Slocan, Ootischenia, Crescent Valley/Winlaw, Slocan, Balfour/Nelson, Creston. Positions will remain open until filled.

KCP Board of Directors
Seeking two new Board members 
Want to contribute to a collaborative partnership aimed at promoting private land conservation by becoming a KCP Board member? The role of the KCP Board is to balance the desire for decision-making that is as inclusive as possible with the need to prioritize limited resources and the need to respond quickly to changing circumstances and emerging opportunities. KCP is currently seeking two individuals to join the Board. Board members must be part of a KCP partner organization or First Nation and be willing to stand for election at the KCP AGM on September 24th in Creston. Nominations must be received by September 1st. Please contact KCP Program Director Juliet Craig at juliet@kootenayconservation.ca for more information.

Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund
Technical Review Committee Member, Columbia Valley Region
The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) in partnership with the Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) are seeking qualified members for the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund (CVLCF) Technical Review Committee (TRC). The role of the TRC is to make recommendations on allocating annual funding for conservation projects for the area from Canal Flats to Spillimacheen. Applications will be received on an ongoing basis.
For a comprehensive list of up-to-date job postings, check the CBEEN Job & Volunteer Board, an excellent resource for Kootenay conservation career and volunteer opportunities.

Exploring Ecosystem Improvements through the Columbia River Treaty
Webinar recording and additional resources available
This session provided an overview of Indigenous-led research and assessments underway to determine how reservoir and river operations might be modified to improve aquatic and riparian ecosystems in the B.C. portion of the Columbia Basin. Info sheets provide a summary of research and current performance measures in each respective area of study.

Government of BC
Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy
This strategy strengthens B.C.’s capacity to anticipate, prepare for and respond to the changing climate. This includes sudden events like wildfires, floods and heatwaves as well as changes that happen more slowly like receding glaciers, rising sea-levels and shifting ecosystems. Actions fall under four key pathways that work to strengthen our foundations for success, build safe and healthy communities, foster resilient species and ecosystems and advance a climate-ready economy and resilient infrastructure. Learn more about the strategy by visiting: www.gov.bc.ca/BC-Adapts.

Living Lakes Canada
Lake survey reports available online
Living Lakes Canada's Foreshore Inventory Management Planning (FIMP) program is mapping or re-mapping priority lakes in the Columbia Basin to assess the rate of change in ecological and urban development parameters. The FIMP findings for two of the lakes re-surveyed in 2021 are now available on the Columbia Basin Water Hub: Slocan Lake and Columbia Lake.

KCP Stewardship Solutions Toolkit
Resource updated with growing number of stewardship listings
In 2019, KCP launched Stewardship Solutions, an easy-to-access stewardship resource for landowners and land managers in the Kootenays available both in print and online. In late 2021, we completed a full review of the toolkit and updated all the available stewardship "solutions" (i.e. services and resources) available in each of the 14 Conservation Neighbourhoods. Visit the website, select your location on the homepage map, and you'll be brought to the growing list of stewardship options available in your region.

A Case for Conservation
KCP brochure promoting private land conservation available
KCP's “Case for Conservation” trifold brochure details 9 different reasons why conserving private land is so crucial to the health of the region’s ecosystems that support a myriad of plant, fish and animal species — many of which are currently rare or endangered or at risk of becoming so. The brochure opens up into an attractive poster that can be easily posted in offices, public spaces and homes. Printed brochures are available for distribution. If you would like copies, please contact KCP Program Director Juliet Craig at: juliet@kootenayconservation.ca.

Kootenay Conservation Program
Conservation Resources for our Region
The Kootenay Conservation Program helps partners to coordinate and facilitate conservation efforts on private land, and in an effort to support this, KCP has developed a webpage that compiles some of the best conservation and stewardship resources available for our region.