March 2013


Welcome to the March edition of the Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) eNews.



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

The KCP website was down for maintenance last month after a significant "meltdown" at our external server. Please accept our apologies if you were trying to access important information, especially those of you trying to download final report templates for the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund (CVLCF).


We are currently in the process of re-developing our website to help prevent future incidents and are also working to update and re-fresh the website. Please feel free to call Dave directly at (250) 688-1508 if you are looking for any content that is currently missing. We hope to have the new website up and running by the end of May, so please check back for our new look and feel.

Caribou Rearing in the Wild Project - Vote Now for Caribou

Please visit to cast your vote


Please visit this site to find out more about this exciting project


This project is managing to stay within the top 4 so far and we just found out that the top 3 projects each get $100K vs just 1st place!  The extra exposure you're giving will help us out immensely. After people register you may wish to Subscribe to Updates for our project as this will inform you when the next round of Bonus Codes happens or when there is news about the project. 

Columbia Basin Trust

Job Posting: Manager, Community Initiatives

The Manager, Community Initiatives provides advice on, develops and implements plans, policies, programs and initiatives to help strategically deliver CBT's Delivery of Benefits mandate. The primary focus for this position is support to local, regional and First Nations communities in the Basin, with an emphasis on CBT's relationship with, and support to Local Government. The Manager reports to the Director, Community Initiatives. Extensive travel is required. This is a 13 - 14 month maternity leave coverage position.


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

Deadline: March 11, 2013, Noon PST

Contact: Debra Stewart Human Resources Coordinator 1.800.505.8998

Osprey Community Foundation 2013 Grants

Deadline March 28, 2013


Real Estate Foundation of BC

Water grant applications are now open


This will be the third year the Real Estate Foundation of BC offers the BC Water Sustainability Endowment Fund Grant. The fund supports non-profit activities in water sustainability.


One grant of $3,000 will be available in 2013, and the grant deadline is June 28, 2013. Application forms are available here. 

Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program - Bat Presentations

Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program is hosting two free bat presentations in the East Kootenay with one of B.C.'s leading bat experts, Dr. Cori Lausen.


Thursday March 7  

Cranbrook: noon to 1.00 p.m. (bring a bag lunch!), Manual Training School (Cranbrook Public Library).

Invermere: 7.00 p.m. and 8.30 p.m., David Thompson Secondary School Theatre.


Learn more about:

  • The natural history of bats and which species are found in the East Kootenay.
  • Why bats are facing unprecedented conservation threats in North America.
  • The spread of White Nose Syndrome - a major threat to bat populations.
  • How migratory bats are impacted by wind energy development.
  • How bats help you, and how you can help them.  

For more information contact the FWCP at (250) 365-4551, or email


Grow For It This Spring!

March 15 to 17 

Celebrate spring with an inspiring start at Wildsight's 'Grow For It: Local Food and Garden Forum' at Centre 64 in Kimberley.

Over the weekend, foodies, experts and enthusiasts will get together to discuss subjects such as permaculture, community gardening, local food systems and more. 


Toby Hemenway, best-selling author and teacher, will be on hand to discuss the ins and outs of permaculture and will lead a full day workshop. Guest speakers, Jon Steinman, a local food and farming advocate, and Allison Candy, education coordinator for the Invermere Groundswell Community Greenhouse, will fill you in on grass roots, local food movements. 


The weekend kicks off with a foodie film night on Friday and guest speakers, breakout discussions and lunch are featured on Saturday, culminating with a networking feast at The Old Bauernhaus in the evening. On Sunday, take advantage of a full day permaculture workshop with Toby Hemenway.


Details and online registration are available online or by emailing

Registering is a must as spaces are limited.


Alberta Invasive Plants Council

Invasive Threats: Meeting the Challenge

Lacombe Memorial Centre

Wednesday March 20

Read more online.


Learn about: Managing invasive outbreaks, Plans to address the aquatic invasive threat in Alberta, Addressing invasives in reclamation, New tools for fighting invasives and other interesting topics.

Find out: What's new with AIPC

Get Involved: network with other invasive species stakeholders and contribute to the future of AIPC

Do not miss this event: the 7th Annual Register today and save

Please note: the AIPC website is undergoing changes. As a result, you cannot register for the conference or purchase a membership online until after March 4, 2013. Secure your seat by registering by mail


Barry Gibbs P.Ag.   

Alberta Invasive Plant Council

17507 Fort Road NW

Edmonton, AB  T5Y 6H3


phone (780) 415 2342



Building Your Social Enterprise Workshop

Clear Sky Meditation Centre

April 4 

10 am - 4:00 pm 

Workshop details online


Our workshop offers staff, board and volunteers of non-profit organizations a day of learning about the what and how of social enterprise. Attending the workshop qualifies your non-profit to apply for an ENP social enterprise development grant.


You MUST register in advance to reserve your seat. Workshop fees are just $50 per person and include:

  • a copy of the Canadian Social Enterprise Guide and all workshop materials
  • morning coffee & muffins, lunch, and breaks.


CMI Annual Researchers' Meeting and AGM

Friday May 10

Bosun Hall, New Denver

Call for Presentations and Field Trips - Closes April 12, 2013


Every year CMI members get together to provide updates on their projects (research, field trials, new initiatives in southeastern British Columbia) and catch up on each others' news. It's an informal atmosphere and non-CMI members are welcome to join us.We invite you to offer a presentation or a field trip. We'll have lots of room for posters. If you would like to make a 15-20 minute presentation, or want to bring a poster or display about your project or new initiative, send your abstract to the CMI office. Please read our submission guidelines. Information that is advocacy-oriented will not be accepted.If you are willing to lead a field trip in the New Denver area, please send a short description and note how many people you can accommodate - use our submission guidelines for "Offering a field trip". Participants will need to provide their own transportation, and car-pooling will be encouraged.


CMI's short Annual General Meeting will be held right after lunch 


Check out our other spring events!

Occupancy Modelling April 16 - 18, 2013 (Revelstoke, BC)

New Ways to Use Digital Technologies in the Field May 15 - 16, 2013 at Selkirk College (Castlegar, BC)

Soils Refresher course May 30 - 31, 2013 at Selkirk College (Castlegar, BC)

Nature's Fortune

A new book by Mark Tercek 

Please let us know how our monthly eNews can be improved! It's important for us to know we are serving our readers' needs. And remember, if you have news or announcements you would like to contribute, please email them to me by the 26th of each month. 


Dave Hillary