November 2013 eNews


The flurry of conservation related events this fall has started to settle down, and many are back to 'business as usual'.  However, the KCP continues to keep its ear to the ground (or snow, in some cases now!) and has identified a number of great resources and opportunities to share with you.  


As always, feel free to share your events, resources or opportunities with KCP by emailing   


Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund 

New video from REF of BC

As a result of being selected as a finalist for the Real Estate Foundation of BC's Land Awards, a great video on the CVLCF was produced.  Click here to view it.


2014-2015 Steering Committee Dates:



Thursday, January 16

Thursday, March 13

Thursday, June 19

Fall AGM - October 3-4



Thursday, January 15

Thursday, March 12

Thursday, June 18

Fall AGM - October 2-3


Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology (CMI)

Call for Presentations - closes November 22, 2013

CMI is hosting a Resource Roads in BC conference on May 14-15, 2014 at the Prestige Inn in Nelson.  We're asking for proposals on the following themes and topics: strategic approaches, road effects, cumulative effects, climate change effects and road-access management.  We welcome your suggestions for presentations on related topics not listed here.  Submit your abstract before November 22, 2013.  Click here for more information.  


Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) 
Communities Become More Climate-Resilient

As countries and citizens around the world discuss the latest global scientific report on climate change, communities in the Columbia Basin are already preparing thanks to their participation in the Communities Adapting to Climate Change Initiative (CACCI).  Since 2008, CACCI has helped communities increase their resilience to climate change impacts, from offering one-day workshops to helping with year-long planning processes.  Click here to read more.

Columbia Basin Watershed Network (CBWN)

Watershed Symposium Report

Over 120 people travelled to Fairmont Hot Springs to build a cross-cultural dialogue on watershed governance in the Columbia Basin. This water governance conversation will not stop here. In order to gain momentum and move forward we need to continue working and talking with First Nations and engaging all levels of government, academics, professionals, industry, ENGOs, stewardship groups and community members. In the upcoming weeks, we will create a Symposium webpage which will house the registration package, copies of presentations, video clips and other summary documents.
The Symposium feedback survey is still available by clicking here. Thank you for those who already completed this.  If you didn't attend the Symposium, you can still help inform the future watershed governance task force. The survey includes all the questions discussed during the Symposium working group sessions. Click here to respond
Elk Valley Community Priorities Committee
Community Directed Funding from CBT
The Elk Valley Community Priorities Plan will guide the allocation of funds in CBT into the Elk Valley over the next three years.  The committee is seeking input on initiatives that will create social and economic benefits and improve the quality of life and well-being for all communities in the Elk Valley.  Click here to find out more.

Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area (CVWMA)
Wildlife Centre Looking for Options
The Wildlife Centre is an incredible educational resource for the Creston Valley.  They offer experiences that are unmatched and have a legacy of welcoming students, interests groups, visitors, and the public from all over the region and the world.  Please click here for a document describing feedback the Management Authority is seeking regarding the Wildlife Centre's future.  

Canadian Society of Association Executives
Changes to Act

The new Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (NFP Act) presents a more modern, flexible and relevant legal framework for federally-incorporated not-for-profit corporations. The transition deadline of October 17, 2014 may seem far off, but corporations should be taking action now in order to meet the transition date.  Click here to find out more. 

Columbia Basin Trust (CBT)

Request for Proposals: Irrigation Best Practices Training for Columbia Basin Local Governments

CBT is seeking instructors to work with the Water Smart team to develop and deliver two consecutive, full-day Irrigation Best Practices training workshops in winter 2014 for the 23 local governments participating in the Columbia Basin Water Smart Initiative.  Click here for more information.  


Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME)

Jurisdictional Review of Off-road Source Emission Reduction Strategies and Best Practices

The Contractor will review current jurisdictional regulatory and non-regulatory activities for reducing off-road source emissions and will identify and recommend best practices and applicability to a Canadian context.  Closing Date/Time: Thursday, November 7, 2013, 12:00 noon CST.  Click here for more information.


Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN)

Wild Voices for Kids (WVFK) 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, CBEEN would like to talk to you!  Wild Voices for Kids (WVFK) provides training and assistance with program development, promotes presenters and their programs, and provides 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   



Wildlife Habitat Canada (WHC)

Deadline: November 1, 2013

WHC will primarily support projects that address priority activities under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan and habitat projects of importance to other migratory game birds. Click here for more information.  


Environment Canada  
Deadline: November 1, 2013
Eco-action supports community-based, non-profit organizations for projects that have measurable, positive impacts on the environment with action focused projects that will protect, rehabilitate or enhance the natural environment and build the capacity of communities to sustain these activities.  Click here for more information. 

Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) Enhancement and Restoration Grants

Deadline: November 2, 2013

Grants are available to anyone who has who has a good idea that benefits fish, wildlife and habitat in British Columbia. HCTF strongly encourages cost-shared proposals, and project leaders should explore the possibility of partnerships with other organizations.  Click here for more information.  


Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP)

Deadline: November 15, 2013

Funding application forms are now available at for applicants seeking to deliver projects that would conserve and enhance fish and wildlife impacted by the construction of BC Hydro-owned and operated generation facilities in the Columbia region. Please note that the application deadlines for FWCP-Peace and Coastal regions are different. Click here for more information. 
Real Estate Foundation of BC 

Deadline: January 10, 2014     

The Foundation supports three project areas: the built environment, fresh water sustainability and sustainable food systems. Requests of up to $20,000 are accepted until the deadline. Larger requests involve a two step process.  Click here for more information.


Canada Summer Jobs

Deadline: January 10, 2014
The federal government subsidy program, Canada Summer Jobs, has announced a change in the application process. They will start accepting applications on December 2, 2013 until January 10, 2014 for summer 2014 student hiring. These new dates will allow for employers to be notified about their application status earlier. Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. It is designed to focus on local priorities, while helping both students and their communities.

Waneta Terrestrial Compensation Program (WTCP)
Deadline: January 31, 2014
This program provides up to $50,000 annually to projects in the Waneta area that promote conservation and restoration through research, physical works, and other on-the-ground or applied projects.  Eligible projects include research, species inventories, educational programs, development of management plans, habitat creation (restoration, rehabilitation), weed control, habitat protection and land acquisition.  Click here for more information and to apply.

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


Columbia River Treaty Workshops

November 4 - 14, 2013 (Jaffray, Golden, Nacusp, Valemont, Castlegar)

The CRT Local Governments' Committee has prepared draft recommendations in response to the Columbia River Treaty related interests and issues raised by Basin residents in Canada.  The Committee wants your input on these draft recommendations before they are finalized in December 2013 and provided to both the provincial and federal governments.  Click here for workshop dates and more information.  


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.   


Green Building Conference

November 9 - 10, 2013 - Kimberley

Whether you have a project underway or are planning for the future, this year's conference will on energy efficiency in home renovations and new builds.  

For more information click here.  

Building SustainABLE Communities
November 25 - 28 - Kelowna
This conference celebrates the move toward social, cultural, environmental, and economic well-being. Information-sharing among sponsors, speakers, delegates, and trade show participants is interspersed with social and cultural activities to ensure meaningful and memorable outcomes.  Click here for more information.  



The Nature Conservancy - Science Chronicles

The Case for Stewardship

 With KCP moving towards a Stewardship Strategy, here is some food for thought.  Click here for 'The Case for Stewardship'.




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Duncan Whittick

Administrative Assistant