April 2014 eNews


As you can see by the sheer volume of upcoming workshops, events, jobs, conferences and meetings, Spring has officially arrived!


Thanks to everyone who participated in our recent KCP Stewardship, Securement and Steering Committee meetings. We look forward to continuing to work with you to help move our collective conservation efforts forward across the entire Kootenay region.  


We are pleased to present Rick Allen as our monthly Faces & Places feature which highlights his work with the Columbia Basin Trust's Environment Program. 

We hope you enjoy your monthly conservation update. You can click here at anytime to check out news and events posted on the KCP blog.


Rick Allen

Columbia Basin Trust


A long-term resident and avid sportsman with a broad-based environmental background, Rick Allen is a fixture in the conservation community of the Columbia Basin.

For the past 5 years he has been the face of CBT's Environment Program. Through his role as Environment Program Manager, Rick enjoys seeing a great diversity of environmental projects being delivered around the Basin. One of the highlights of his work is the opportunity to meet the passionate people involved. "I get excited about each and every project, whether it's the acquisition of a conservation property or important stewardship work." 


Click here to read Rick's full feature.


2014 Mapping Program Call for Applications

Columbia Basin Watershed Network (CBWN)

CBWN, in partnership with the Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre (SGRC), is pleased to provide another opportunity for our member groups to receive mapping support from the SGRC.  The CBWN is accepting Proposals until April 11, 2014. Successful applicants will be notified by May 16, 2014. Preference will be given to watershed groups that have not previously received GIS/mapping support from the CBWN Mapping Programming. If your watershed group and/or its collaborators are interested in applying, please click here.  


Directors pursue Local Conservation Fund

Regional District of Central Kootenay

Kootenay Lake RDCK Directors are hoping to initiate a Local Conservation Fund to ensure conservation values are protected around the lake. The program would follow a similar successful model in the East Kootenay's Columbia Valley that raises $230,000 annually through a $20 parcel tax. "We're in the very early stages," said Area A Director Garry Jackman from the East Shore. Click here to read the full story.


Kimberley-based biologist coordinating bat project in East Kootenays

Kootenay Community Bat Project

Dr. Leigh Anne Isaac, a biologist based in Kimberely, will be coordinating the Kootenay Community Bat Project in the East Kootenay region this year including presentations and landowner visits. Join Leigh Anne at the Wings Over the Rockies festival to learn all about bats on Thursday, May 8 at 3pm in Invermere. You can also join Project Coordinator, Juliet Craig, to find out more about bats and then visit a roost site to do an emergence count and eavesdrop on echolocation calls on Friday, May 9 at 7:15 pm in Creston. Must pre-register by clicking here.


Local teams selected for National Environmental Education Leadership Clinic

Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN)

Four local teams have been awarded spots at the upcoming National Environmental Education Leadership Clinic that will take place at Nipika Mountain Resort from April 26-29. The competition for the eight available team spots was highly contested, with 22 teams made up of 88 educators from across the country submitting applications. 

Click here for the full story.


Changes to Agricultural Land Commission (ALC)
Province of British Columbia 
Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Core Review and Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, on behalf of Pat Pimm, Minister of Agriculture, announced changes to the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC).  Click here to read the full story.


Changes to Park Act pave the way for industrial development in BC Parks
Bill 4 (the Park Amendment Act) became law, despite widespread opposition from the BC public and a consortium of leading environmental organizations and notable park advocates. Changes to the Act allow poorly-defined industrial "research" to be conducted within provincial parks, facilitating removal of park land to allow for industrial activity, including pipelines, logging roads and resource extraction.  Click here to read the full story.  


Lessons learned: Nelson's stormwater infrastructure vulnerability assessment
Communities Adapting to Climate Change 

The project applied the protocol developed by Engineers Canada's Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee to assess projected impacts of climate change on Nelson's stormwater system. The final project report is available by clicking here.



Community Coordinator Positions

WildSafeBC Community Coordinators (WCCs) are responsible for the delivery of the WildSafeBC program in their community. This position requires maturity, self-reliance and the ability to work alone for long periods of time with minimal supervision. WCCs will be trained in the use of proven education and delivery techniques, which they will then be expected to implement within their communities. Click here to find out more.


Ministry of Environment

Authorizations Section Head

This position manages and regulates the discharge of waste into the air, land, and water for the LNG and Oil & Gas team by exercising his/her delegated authority as "Director" under the Environmental Management Act.  Click here to find out more.


Columbia Basin Trust

Summer Student Positions

The Columbia Basin Trust has a variety of summer student positions now open for competition. Click here to find out more.


Columbia Basin Watershed Network (CBWN)

Coordinator (short-term contract) 

CBWN is seeking a half-time Coordinator to support the Network Steering Committee in effectively delivering the priorities of the Network and overseeing the day-to-day operations and organizational development of the Network. This is a 6-month term maternity leave replacement contract requiring a minimum of 80 hours a month beginning July 1, 2014 and ending December 31, 2014. Click here to find out more.  


Ministry of Environment

Air Quality Meteorologist 

The Environmental Protection Division works to protect the human and environmental health of the province and provide leadership on behalf of the Ministry of Environment in establishing and ensuring compliance with high environmental standards to enhance environmental quality.  This position can be based out of Nelson or Cranbrook offices.  Click here to find out more.  


Lake Windermere Ambassadors

Watershed Stewardship Program Assistant

A Summer Student position is available for water stewardship work with the Lake Windermere Ambassadors, pending support from Canada Summer Jobs.

Click here to find out more.  
Clear Sky Retreat Centre
Food Forest Caretaker Farmer
Clear Sky Retreat Centre is looking for a caretaker farmer for its young pioneer one acre food forest. We seek a passionate person who loves the idea of training at a meditation center while learning and working in a cold climate food forest system. The position is open for a minimum 3 month commitment beginning in May 2014. There are also many potentials for longer term involvement & enterprise opportunities into the future. If interested please email cara@clearskycenter.org.

Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) Public Conservation Assistance Fund (PCAF)

Deadline: May 17

Small grants to organizations that have a conservation project with activities that maintain, conserve or restore native fish and wildlife species and their habitats. 

Click here to find out more. 

Weeden Foundation
Deadline: May 23

Funding biodiversity preservation and land acquisition.  

Click here to find out more.  


Western Diversification Program  

Deadline: May 30 

Contributions will be made to non-profit organizations for projects that support the development and diversification of the western Canadian economy.

Click here to find out more.  



Deadline: Ongoing

Supports local groups working to protect local habitat. Priority areas: to project and restore native fish populations and the habitat on which they depend.
Click here to find out more.   

Real Estate Foundation of BC 
Deadline: June 12 
Grants (request up to $20,000) supporting sustainable food systems, freshwater sustainability or the sustainable built environment. 
Click here to find out more.
Columbia Basin Watershed Network (CBWN) Member Meeting  
April 2, Nelson
This is an opportunity to meet new CBWN Steering Committee members and catch up with other member groups.  
Click here for more information.   


Wildsight - Invermere AGM and screening of 'Cold Amazon - The Mackenzie River Basin'
April 3, Invermere
Join Wildsight's Invermere Branch this Thursday at 7:00pm at David Thompson Secondary School.  New board members sought. 

Farm-Food-Fork Festival and Feast

April 5, Nelson
This festival will feature art show, food films, education, local producers, workshops and a local seasonal feast in celebration of our food-shed.  
Click here for more information.  

East Kootenay Invasive Plant Council (EKIPC) Annual General Meeting
April 10, Cranbrook

Join EKIPC from 6:30pm - 9:00 pm at the Manual Training Centre. There will be presentations, a year in review, notification of upcoming programs, and more!  EKIPC is currently looking for new directors and committee members. Click here for more information. 


Frog Bear Phase 1 Property Management Plan Open House

April 10, Creston

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is hosting an open house on Thursday, April 10 at the College of the Rockies in Creston from 6:30pm to 8:30pm to allow the public and our partners to review our draft management plans for Lot 3 and Block 154 of Frog Bear Phase 1.  The meeting will be hosted in Room 118, 301 -16th Ave South.  


Columbia Basin Watershed Governance Webinar

April 14, Online

This webinar will build on the momentum of the 2013 "Think Like a Watershed" Columbia Basin Symposium and discuss key learning outcomes from the 2014 Watersheds Forum. Click here for more information. 


Pesticide Applicator's Course: Industrial Vegetation and Noxious Weeds
April 28 - 30, Cranbrook 
For more information and to register, contact the East Kootenay Invasive Plant Council at coordinator@ekipc.com or 1-888-553-5472.
Statistics Refresher for Biologists: in "R" software
April 29, Revelstoke
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. Click here for more information.  

Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology (CMI) Annual Researchers' Meeting and AGM
May 2, Revelstoke
Every year CMI members get together to provide updates on their projects (research, field trials, new initiatives in southeastern British Columbia). Call for Presentations and Field Trips closes April 11. Click here for more information.  

Alberta Land Institute's Land Use 2014 Conference
May 7 - 8, Edmonton
Alberta Land Institute's (ALI's) inaugural two-day conference, Land Use 2014, will bring together policy and research communities from Alberta, Canada, and around the world to create a meaningful opportunity to connect and discuss complex land-use issues and solutions. Click here for more information.  

Fun in the Food Forest with Richard Walker
May 10 - 11, Clear Sky Centre
Come have fun and develop hands-on experience with one of Canada's most experienced forest gardeners in our one-acre cold climate food forest when you join us at Clear Sky Center for this exciting new workshop. Click here for more information.  

Wings over the Rockies Festival
May 5 - 11, Invermere
This year's festival will provide the opportunity for visitors and locals alike to learn more about the mystery of migration and about the Columbia Valley, our backyard - the envy of the world. The historic Pynelogs Cultural Centre on the shores of Lake Windermere will again be the focal point for the Festival and the venue for evening presentations and workshops. Click here for more information.  


Creston Valley Bird Festival
May 9 - 11, Creston
Some of the highlights of the 2014 Bird Fest are keynote speaker Dave Quinn, CBC radio's "outdoor adventure guy, a photography workshop hosted by well-known West Kootenay photographer Jim Lawrence and raptor specialist Brian Baxter from Libby Montana. Registration opens March 1st an closes May 9. Click here for more information.  

Natural Processes for Restoration of Drastically Disturbed Sites Course
May 13, Nelson
Explore the natural processes that provide nutrients and nutrient cycling capacity to ecosystems and how these can be re-established on disturbed sites. In many cases the systems and processes that naturally reclaim disturbed sites can be established on anthropogenic disturbances easily and at a lower cost than using traditional reclamation techniques. Click here for more information.  

Resource Roads in BC: Environmental Challenges at a Landscape Level

May 14 - 15, Nelson

This conference put on by the Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology (CMI) will address road-network effects and management responses for addressing landscape-level environmental and social impacts.Talks will summarize the positive and negative effects of road networks across large regions or landscapes.Call for presentations closes on November 22, 2013. For more information and registration, click here.  


2014 BC Land Summit

May 14 - 16, Vancouver 

The 2014 BC Land Summit will provide a unique inter-professional opportunity to learn, share ideas, collaborate and network with others working in diverse land-related fields.  Click here for more information.  


British Columbia Cattlemen's Association AGM

May 22 - 24, Creston

The 86th Annual BC Cattlemen's Convention and AGM will be hosted by Creston Valley Beef Growers Association. Click here for more information. 


CBEEN Soiree, Expo & AGM 

May 22, Nelson 
This celebration of environmental education will bring together educators, community leaders and stakeholders for an evening at the Hume Hotel in Nelson. Local environmental educators are invited to set-up a booth to promote their programs as part of the Environmental Education Expo (booth space is free for CBEEN members / $25 for non-members). Please email info@cbeen.org to RSVP and reserve a table. Click here for more information.   


North America Congress for Conservation Biology (NACCB)

July 13-16, Missoula

The biennial NACCB provides a forum for presenting and discussing new research and developments in conservation science and practice for addressing today's conservation challenges. In addition, these conferences connect our regional community of conservation professionals and serve as a major networking outlet for people interested in North America conservation. For more information, click here.


5th Annual Conference of the Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent

September 10 - 12, Waterton

More information coming soon at www.crownroundtable.org.   

Solving Wicked Problems: Using human dimensions to inform natural resource management

October 1 - 3, Kimberley

During this Columbia Mountains Institute (CMI) conference, participants will examine how to use human dimensions research and methods to help resource practitioners resolve "wicked problems" in southeastern BC. Click here for more information.  


Voices for Sustainability Symposium
October 17 - 19, Golden
CBEEN's popular annual gathering of environmental educators will take place at Quantum Leaps Lodge in Golden. Registration to open in August.  

Real Estate Foundation of BC Land Awards Gala
October 17, Vancouver
The Land Awards will be presented in the categories of Public Sector, Private Sector and Non-profit Sector as well as the individual Land Champion Award.
Click here for more information. Click here for more information.  

Columbia River Basin International Conference
October 21 - 23, Spokane
Conference Theme: Learning from Our Past to Shape Our Future. Click here for more information.

Journal of Ecosystems and Management 

The Journal of Ecosystems and Management (JEM) is a peer-reviewed electronic and print journal published by FORREX Forum for Research and Extension in Natural Resources. JEM informs readers about innovative approaches to sustainable ecosystem management, and provides a forum for commentary on current issues and challenges. JEM is available to the public via the Internet at: jem.forrex.org. Aimed at decision makers in the policy, management, and operational realms, as well as practitioners, professionals, researchers, and natural resource users, JEM extends research results, indigenous knowledge, management applications, socio-economic analyses, and scholarly opinions.  Click here to view the journal.  
George Wright Society (GWS)
The GWS is a nonprofit association of researchers, managers, administrators, educators, and other professionals who work on behalf of the scientific and heritage values of protected areas. When many people think of parks, they think of them exclusively in terms of being vacation destinations and recreation areas. Yet every park also carries with it scientific or heritage values (or both). Large natural protected areas are often, for example, sites of important environmental research, natural resource management activities, inventory and monitoring projects, and so forth. Protected cultural areas, such as historic sites, cultural landscapes, and traditional cultural properties, embody important and irreplaceable material (and non-material) facets of history, archaeology, traditional use, and many other forms of cultural heritage. These are the functions the George Wright Society supports by encouraging better research, resource management, and public education in protected areas.  Click here to access the website.   


Social Media 101 for NonprofitsBuilding a Thriving Support Community
In this on-demand webinar you'll learn tactical tips on how to build your social media following, engage current community members and drive community action for your cause.  Click here to view the webinar now.  



If you have news or announcements that you would like to share via our eNews, please email them to duncan@kootenayconservation.ca by the 26th of each month.