Happy summer! And welcome to our July edition of eNews. As we move forward as the Kootenay Conservation Program, our communication materials will be going through a transition. Don't be confused if EKCP continues to show up on our logo, eNews, website and letterhead for a little while longer. In some instances, it's as simple as just dropping the "E" to become KCP; yet for other endeavours, our expanded embrace of the Kootenay region is an opportunity to strategically re-brand. It's an exciting time as we make this change, so hang in there with us.


A message we have heard time and time again is EKCP's eNews is an effective way to quickly learn what's going on in our region. We would like to see the content driven more by our partners, especially to enhance our sections on Partner News and Employment & Volunteer opportunities. Just add a reminder on your calendar on the 26th of each month to send me your news to share. Being informed and in the loop makes us all more connected in the work we do.


All our best to you this month,





EKCP's Annual Meeting, September 21-22, 2012 - Creston, BC


Kootenay Connections


Come celebrate EKCP's transformation into the Kootenay Conservation Program, or KCP, 

as we formalize our expansion of services Kootenay-wide and

build upon our tradition of

conserving natural areas for Kootenay communities.



Kootenay Connections is a festive and informative event to showcase and celebrate conservation in the Kootenays. So if you haven't already done so, mark your calendar and plan on joining the celebration!


Registration: will begin in mid-July so please watch for announcements. 


Friday, September 21st   *begins at 10:00am

Full day of panel discussions and small group sessions, trade fair, social hour & entertainment, recognition awards, and delicious meals featuring local food.


Saturday, September 22nd   *ends by 2:00pm

Partial day of field tours and a picnic lunch visiting important sites for conservation in the Creston area.


Location: Ramada Creston located at the junction of Highway 3 and Highway 3A.


For room reservations at Creston Ramada call: 250-254-1111 and mention KCP.

We have reserved a block of rooms. Mention you are with the Kootenay Conservation Program to receive our rate.


For information on other accommodations in the Creston area, click here.



Congratulations! Join the Nature Conservancy and their many partners on July 23rd at 1:00pm to celebrate the conservation of the ecologically and culturally important Lot 48 on the eastern shore of Columbia Lake. This property has been the #1 securement priority for EKCP for many years. View the invitation and list of partners and R.S.V.P. by July 10 by emailing Trish Blackstock or calling 250-342-5521. The celebration will feature drummers and storytellers from the Ktunaxa Nation, as well as local musicians and special guests. The ceremony will begin promptly at 1:30pm. Light bites and refreshments will be served. Directions, parking and carpooling information will be made available when you R.S.V.P.


Conservation of Lot 48 was supported by $700,000 from the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund within the RDEK and administered by EKCP. To date, 26 other projects have also been supported over the 3-year grant making history of the Conservation Fund.



President, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, Canmore, AB

The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y), a global leader in large landscape-conservation, is seeking a visionary, experienced, and entrepreneurial leader to take the organization to a new level. The ability to think creatively and to excite and motivate others in order to realize the Y2Y vision is central to this position. The President must use these skills to achieve policy goals, but equally importantly to secure and maintain the resources to fulfill the vision. The President will provide leadership within and well beyond the conservation community, advancing a broader public understanding of the importance of Y2Y's vision in a civil society. The President will work closely with experienced and dedicated staff and a committed Board of Directors. Click here for a detailed job description, qualifications and how to submit an application for this position.



* I'm always looking for job opportunities to highlight, please send me your submissions!  Thanks, MM



Columbia Basin Trust - Environmental Initiatives Program (EIP)

Small grant applications (<$10,000) are accepted by the EIP program throughout the year. Contact Rick Allen, Program Manager-Environment, before submitting a proposal.



July 15-18, 2012, Oakland, CA

The Society for Conservation Biology North America Congress for Conservation Biology (SCBNA or NACCB) is recognized as the most important meeting for conservation professionals and students working in North America. The biennial NACCB provides a forum for presenting and discussing new research and developments in conservation science and practice, and addressing today's conservation challenges. Most importantly, these conferences connect our regional community of conservation professionals and serve as the major networking outlet for anyone interested in North America conservation.This Congress will feature numerous symposia, concurrent sessions, workshops, trainings/short courses, field trips, and social events. Symposia topics will include such diverse topics as these: protected area planning for climate change resilience; Landscape Conservation Cooperatives; freshwater conservation; bridging the implementation gap; decision support tools for policy evaluation; employing traditional ecological knowledge; and marine protected area planning.


July 18-20, 2012, Rossland, BC

Did you know that up to 87% of people are visual thinkers? Sometimes our imaginations are sparked by a visual where words fail us. Think about when communities plan and imagine their futures, when teams consider the possible outcomes for their projects, when groups create maps to track their progress. Michelle Laurie is offering a Graphic Facilitation Workshop, an experiential workshop focuses on engaging people beyond words and text and takes place almost entirely at the drawing surface. You can expect to go away with icons, ideas and approaches which you can use immediately, as well as ideas about how to hone your current practice.


    Dates and Times: July 18th (6-9pm), July 19th (8:30am-4:30pm), July 20th (8:30am-2:30pm)

    Cost: $840 + HST (12%)


September 6-15, 2012 - Jeju, Republic of Korea

The IUCN Congress, held every four years, is the world's largest and most influential conservation event. In preparation for the 2012 Congress, the IUCN has developed a beautiful and informative website presenting components of their agenda. The 2012 Congress organizers chose the slogan Nature+ to capture the crucial role nature plays in all aspects of our lives. The Congress will consider nature's adaptability and resiliency in the face of change. It will share ideas about how to value and conserve nature, and share its benefits more fairly and equitably.


September 21-22, 2012, Creston, BC

The East Kootenay Conservation Program is holding its annual meeting and celebration entitled Kootenay Connections at the Creston Ramada. This event brings together non-govenment, government, First Nations, local colleges, consultants and practitioners from throughout the East and West Kootenays for two days of networking and celebrating the Kootenays. Registration begins in mid-July. Stay tuned for more details!


September 27-28, 2012, Fernie, BC

The Crown of Continent Round Table is holding its 3rd Annual Conference Pathways to Prosperity: Caring for Communities in the Crown of the Continent at the Fernie Mountain Lodge. The purpose of the conference is to connect people and organizations who are passionate about the future of this 18 million acre landscape. The annual conference is open to all interests, communities, and perspectives, and provides an opportunity to communicate (share information and lessons learned), connect (build and strengthen relationships), and catalyze action on topics of shared interest.


September 28-30, 2012, Cranbrook, BC

CBEEN is gearing up for another Voices for Sustainability symposium, which will take place at Clear Sky Centre near Cranbrook. Learn the Tools, Lead the Way! This small-footprint professional development retreat allows formal and non-formal educators from across the Columbia Basin to annually get together, share ideas, and network, while rejuvenating in a spectacular setting. If you haven't attended one before, we highly recommend it! Great Divide Interpretation will be joining us to provide a half-day workshop on interpretation techniques. Through interpretation, educators can provoke thought, help students relate, and create deeper connections to subject matter. Registration opens in July. 


September 28-30, 2012, West Kelowna, BC

Waterlution - an Okanagan experience will be held at Green Bay Retreat on the west shores of Okanagan Lake. The Okanagan is one of Canada's driest watersheds - an ideal location to host a dialogue that focuses on real water issues, the process of leadership, collaborative learning and communication. The Waterlution Okanagan experience will provide you with an opportunity to learn about a range of water perspectives and practical leadership processes.


October 26, 2012 Vancouver, BC

The Real Estate Foundation of BC 2012 Land Awards Gala will be held on Friday, October 26th at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Vancouver. The Land Awards recognize initiatives that demonstrate leadership, innovation, and collaboration in sustainable land use in British Columbia. The awards celebrate and honour the non-profit organizations, private companies, and government bodies behind the initiatives...as well as highlighting the dynamic, forward-thinking people who make it all happen-leaders in creating more resilient, healthy communities and natural environments, and making BC a great place to live.


Nominations in the four Land Awards categories are now open. Read their nomination information for the details on how you can nominate individuals and organizations--even companies and government departments--that have been going over and above in their efforts to improve the way we steward land based resources in BC.


November 7-8, 2012 - Cranbrook, BC

Resource Roads in British Columbia: Environmental challenges at the site level is a conference being organized by the Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology. Within British Columbia, paved and unpaved road length increased by 82% between 1988 and 2005. In 2000, there were over 420 thousand road-stream crossings in BC; over the subsequent five years, road-stream crossings increased by about 13 thousand per year (BC Ministry of Environment 2007). Estimates of unpaved roads vary from 400,000 to 550,000 km across the province (BC Forest Practices Board 2005). Many more roads have been built since. The environmental effects of roads are diverse, and include impacts on aquatic and terrestrial wildlife and habitat, soils, and water. This conference will address both road impacts and management responses.



What's 'working wikily'?

Curious about networks and their power to facilitate social change? Wondering how they might be useful for your organization? Network tools and approaches are creating new opportunities for powerful social impact. Social innovators are pioneering the art of "working wikily," embracing openness, transparency, and decentralization. Check out the Monitor Institute to learn about new opportunities and resources for powerful social impact. 


Kokanee Visitor Centre opened July 1st

The Kokanee Visitor Centre is now open from 9:00am to 9:00pm, 7 days a week. The beautiful Centre is located at Kokanee Creek Provincial Park, and available for conferences. Email the West Kootenay Ecosociety for rates and availability. The Ecosociety produces a calandar of events and provides seasonal daily nature programs at the Kokanee Visitor Centre. This programming is sponsored by Columbia Basin Trust Environmental Initiatives Program, Regional District of Central Kootenay Areas E & F, and British Columbia Conservation Fund. And mark your calendar for the Redfish Festival on Sunday, August 26th!


Kootenay Lake Partnership website is live!

The Kootenay Lake Partnership website is up and running. The KLP was formed in 2010 to address the increasing growth and development pressures of people desiring to live on or near Kootenay Lake. The mandate of the Kootenay Lake Partnership is to develop integrated and collaborative approaches to lake management planning which will allow for a healthy and productive lake, with balanced land and water uses that support and sustain environmental, community, recreational, aboriginal, cultural, traditional and aesthetic values. Checkout the website to learn more about KLP's partners and projects.


Cross-Canada Checkup: A Canadian Perspective on Our Water Future

Offering a first-hand account of the state of fresh water across the country, Cross-Canada Checkup outlines the water challenges and priorities facing Canadians. This report is a synthesis of themes, perspectives, and information from the Forum for Leadership on Water fall 2011 cross-Canada water discussion series tour. Cross-Canada Checkup reports on what water expert Bob Sandford (UN Water for Life Decade) heard from the panellists and audiences during the 16-city tour. It illustrates the interrelatedness of many water issues common to all Canadians, and documents the growing need for solutions that transcend chronic jurisdictional challenges. It also explores the Northwest Territories' groundbreaking new water stewardship strategy as a model for water policy reform in the rest of Canada.


The report was co-published by the POLIS Project and the Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT) at Simon Fraser University.


Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative

Check out the Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative informative webinar series addressing conservation science and management issues in the Columbia Basin, Rocky Mountains and Shrub-Steppe ecosystems. GNLCC is an alliance of conservation partners with common landscape conservation goals for building ecosystem resilience within the Great Northern geographic area. The next webinar is:


The Economics of Conservation

Date:  Jul 11, 2012

Time: 12:00-1:30 PM Mountain Time

Presenter: Ray Rasker, Executive Director, Headwaters Economics


Ray will present an overview on the link between economic growth and protected public lands, and available software and tools:

  • A typology of the ways that conservation provides benefits (jobs, income, tax revenues, non-market values, value from ecosystem services
  • A brief review of the literature, focusing on jobs (what has the most currency these days)
  • An example: National Monuments interactive tool
  • The notion that there are Three Wests, and how communities benefit from conservation depends to a large extent on their access to markets
  • An interactive tool showing the Three Wests
  • A quick and easy way to learn about YOUR economy -- aimed at non-economists: demonstration of the free, on-line economic profile software and several on-line interactive tools

Purcells-South Mountain Caribou Herd Augmentation Project, 2011-12

Date:  Aug 15, 2012

Time: 12:00-1:30 PM Mountain Time

Presenters: Steve Gordon, Mark Williams, and Leo DeGroot, British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations


The 2007 Mountain Caribou Recovery Implementation Plan (MCRIP) committed the British Columbia Government to several management actions including augmenting specific, high-priority smaller herds with caribou from larger, more robust herds. The Purcells-South mountain caribou herd in the Kootenay Region has a current population estimated at 14 animals and has been identified as a priority for augmentation. Direct augmentation by trans-locating animals from a donor herd is considered the best opportunity to assist recovery; failure to implement an effective translocation program in the near-term will likely lead to extirpation of the Purcells-South herd.


As part of the British Columbia Government's commitment to recover mountain caribou to pre-1995 levels by 2017, 19 caribou were translocated from the Level-Kawdy herd in north-western British Columbia to the Purcell Mountains in south-eastern British Columbia in March 2012. This is the first phase of a 2 year project to move 40 caribou to the Purcells-South herd. This webinar will detail the various phases of the project, lessons-learned, and highlight some of the challenges of wild ungulate translocations.

I look forward each month to compiling all of the events and good work in our region. If you have news or announcements you would like to contribute, please email them to me by the 26th of each month. 


Have a great July!


Marcy Mahr

Stewardship & Communications Manager

(250)-358-2669                                                                 ** Deadline for next eNews: July 26, 2012 **