Welcome to our October edition of eNews. Thank you to everyone who attended our EastMeetsWest annual conference and 10th anniversary celebration in Creston! East did indeed meet West, and we learned a lot and laughed a lot together. Special appreciation goes to our panellists, field tour leaders, conference sponsors, keynote speakers, and entertainers. For those who were unable to attend and are curious about the event, I've posted the agenda on our KCP website for your information.   


Many of the themes that came up during the conference are referenced below, such as the creation of the new Frog-Bear Conservation Area in the Creston Valley. Also, several funders on our Funders' Perspective panel have deadlines coming up in October and November, so be sure to check out the Funding section below.


All our best to you this month,



Visit to the Frog-Bear Property



Bat condo
Visit to the 'Bat Condo'

 *Thank you Pat Morrow for sharing these photos of the September 21st field tour during KCP's annual conference in Creston. 

Announcing the 2012-2013 intake for the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund

The East Kootenay Conservation Program and Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) are seeking proposals for projects that will benefit conservation in the area from Spillimacheen to Canal Flats (Areas F & G) utilizing the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund (CVLCF). Click here for more information about this fund; and review the Terms of Reference paying particular attention to Section 8 - Fund Design. Apply using the provided Application Form. 


CVLCF funding is available for conservation projects that result in the reduction to a known threat to biodiversity. Projects that are technically sound and effective, and provide value for money through partnerships with other funders will have priority. Proponents must be a registered not-for-profit organization, First Nations band, or local government. Ineligible groups or organizations may partner with a qualified organization. Multi-year projects are acceptable to a maximum three years. A Technical Review Committee will review project proposals and make recommendations to the RDEK for final funding approval.


Closing date for project submissions is midnight October 31, 2012. Projects specific to land acquisition and/or conservation covenants may be submitted at any time during the year. Project proposals must be submitted in writing and delivered by email to Dave Hillary, Program Manager, or mailed to East Kootenay Conservation Program, P.O. Box 2767, Invermere, BC V0A 1K0. 



New Frog-Bear Conservation Area

At KCP's annual conference, The Nature Conservancy of Canada and Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program (Columbia Basin) announced the purchase of 306 acres (124 hectares) of private property in the Creston Valley near Duck Lake that is critical for grizzly bears moving between the Purcell and Selkirk mountain ranges, and a breeding area for the endangered Northern Leopard frog. The property, now known as the Frog-Bear Conservation Area, was purchased by Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) from Creston-based Wynndel Box and Lumber, and includes two properties that are adjacent to the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area.


Cross-border Collaboration to Conserve an Iconic North American Landscape

Through a collaboration of public and private partners, and the leadership of the Nature Conservancy of Canada ("NCC") and The Nature Conservancy ("TNC" in the US), more than $10 million has been raised to help remove the biggest ecological threat to British Columbia's Flathead River Valley - a spectacular wilderness area that straddles the Canada-U.S. border. Thanks to the generous funding contributions from the Government of Canada's Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP); Warburg Pincus, a leading global private equity firm focused on growth investing; and other private donors, the Canadian portion of the Flathead River Valley is now permanently protected from mining and other sub-surface development. The funding is being used by the British Columbia government to implement the Flathead Watershed Area Conservation Act, which was passedlast year. The legislation permanently prohibits coal mining as well as exploration and development of oil, gas and mineral resources on nearly 400,000 acres (160,000 hectares) of land in southeast British Columbia.


Dr. Jasper Lament is the new CEO at The Nature Trust of BC

The Board of The Nature Trust of BC is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jasper Lament as CEO effective September 17, 2012. Jasper is located at The Nature Trust of BC's North Vancouver office. He brings 20 years of extensive conservation and non-profit experience to his new leadership position. Jasper was most recently the Senior Environmental Coordinator at BC Hydro where he led fisheries and species at risk compliance files. He provided advice on the environmental compliance strategy for BC Hydro's major capital project portfolio with a focus on conservation planning. Prior to this, Jasper held senior positions with Ducks Unlimited in Tennessee and California where he was responsible for securing corporate partnerships, overseeing and implementing major conservation programs, and providing scientific expertise. Jasper has a PhD in Biology from the University of Miami.

Contact information for Dr. Jasper Lament is as follows:

phone number: office 604-924-9771 local 230 or direct: 604-969-3248 and

email: jlament@naturetrust.bc.ca


Innovative funding at Columbia Basin Trust

CBT is piloting an Innovative Funding Approach in the Columbia Valley, from Spillimacheen to Canal Flats. This area will receive $200,000 a year for three years from CBT, which it will use to fund valley-wide priorities. The funds will be administered through the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK). This is a new way for CBT to deliver funds within the Basin. The goal is to put decision making into the hands of sub-regions, or groupings of communities, where they can be more strategic and think longer-term, allocating funds where they will be most effective.


CBT is also looking at implementing this approach elsewhere in the Basin, based on interest and the readiness of groups of communities to work together. Although this is the first time CBT is implementing this method with sub-regions, it has supported communities of interest (groups bound by similar work) for years through organizations like the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance, which funds arts, culture and heritage projects. Another example is a three-year initiative with the Kootenay Livestock Association, which funds projects that improve grasslands and rangelands in the Basin. Anyone interested in this new approach can find out more by contacting a local CBT community liaison or 1-800-505-8998.



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



Columbia Basin Trust - Environmental Initiatives Program (EIP)

The Environmental Initiatives Program large grants stream will fund projects up to $50,000 during 2012-2013. The next application deadline is 3:30pm PDT/4:30pm MDT on October 26, 2012. Click here for large grant information.


The EIP small grants stream (<$10,000) are accepted by the EIP Program throughout the year. Contact Rick Allen, Program Manager-Environment, before submitting a proposal.


Mountain Equipment Co-op

MEC helps keep space for adventure by conserving ecologically and recreationally important places and by inspiring and enabling Canadians to be active outside. MEC's commitment to conserving ecologically and recreationally important places is reflected in the granting themes of: land acquisition, capacity building, advocacy and awareness, and access and activity. The upcoming deadline for Fall 2012 cycle is October 28, 2012 (midnight, Pacific Time). The application deadline for the Spring Cycle is March 10, 2013.


Environment Canada's EcoAction Community Funding Program

Environment Canada's EcoAction Community Funding Program provides financial support to community-based, non-profit organizations for projects that have measurable, positive impacts on the environment. The Program encourages action focused projects that will protect, rehabilitate or enhance the natural environment, and build the capacity of communities to sustain these activities into the future. The Program supports projects that address the following four themes: clean air, clean water, climate change and nature.


Next funding deadline: November 1, 2012. Applications must be reviewed by a regional office in advance to qualify. Be sure to check out the EcoAction Community Funding Program application requirements and eligibility criteria well in advance of the deadline.


Funding from Waneta Terrestrial Compensation Program

The Waneta Terrestrial Compensation Program (WTCP) its second year of operation and is now accepting applications for eligible projects. The WTCP provides up to $50,000/year for research or restoration projects in the Waneta, BC area. Preference is given to projects that focus on species at risk, or mitigating impacts related to the construction of the Waneta Expansion Project. Applications will be accepted from non-profit organizations, for-profit organizations, and individuals. Deadline for applications is January 31 of each year until 2018 when the WTCP will conclude. For more information call 250-304-6032 or email Wendy Horan, Manager, Environmental Programs, Columbia Power Corporation.



October 9-November 2, 2012 - Cranbrook, BC

The College of the Rockies (COTR) is offering a Reforestation Boot Camp. This training opportunity, put on by the College of the Rockies in partnership with Stillwater Consulting, is a 21-day training program focussed on reforestation and silviculture. There are still a few spots remaining, and it's a great opportunity for new and experienced tree planters as well as anyone working in the field of forestry and reforestation. This training program provided at NO COST to participants (funding for the program is provided through the Canadian-British Columbia Labour Market Agreement and participants must meet eligibility requirements). For more information and to apply, contact COTR Gold Creek Campus at 250-489-2751 ext 3440 or email Bonnie New.


October 19, 2012 - Kelowna, BC

Zebra & Quagga Mussels, is a workshop organized by the Invasive Species Council of BC to help our region get ready for the invasive mussels and learn more about their life history. The workshop will be held from 9:00-3:30pm at the Delta Grand Hotel. Click here to find out more and register.


October 19-21, 2012 - San Rafael, California, US

The 23rd Bioneers Conference, Connecting Pople with Solutions and Each Other, will take place on October 19-21, at the Marin Center in San Rafael, California. The acclaimed annual Bioneers Conference is a pre-eminent leading-edge knowledge forum where brilliant social and scientific innovators illuminate breakthrough solutions for restoring people and planet. As a network of networks, Bioneers connects people with solutions and each other in an inspiring celebration of the applied genius of nature and human ingenuity. As a community of leadership, thousands of engaged leaders, groups and citizens connect with each other in a fertile field of opportunity oriented to innovative action. Participants come from diverse walks of life, cultures, disciplines, and sectors, including civil society, education, science, the arts, technology, media, government and business. The conference will feature well-known leaders such as Paul Hawken as well as the greatest people you've never heard of. Click here for the schedule.


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 6, 2012 - Cranbrook, BC

Natural Processes for Restoring Drastically Disturbed Sites is a one-day workshop organized by the Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology (CMI) that will explore how natural processes can be applied to the reclamation of roads, borrow pits, and other sites that humans have disturbed. Natural processes have been "reclaiming" natural disturbances since the beginnings of time; and it is clear that traditional reclamation programs are failing to generate the ecological goods and services that were lost during the disturbance of the site. Providing erosion control is a key element in the development of effective restoration programs. We will look at the processes of erosion and how natural systems solve erosion problems. Similarly, many disturbed sites lack nutrients for plant growth or the capacity to cycle the nutrients that are available. We will 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.


This workshop on natural processes precedes this important CMI conference...


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 (CMI)  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.


November 9, 2012 - Castlegar, BC

Join leaders in a Climate Action Exchange from 9:00am - 5:00pm, to celebrate success, discover new opportunities and explore best practices and tools. This FREE one-day event will be packed with information, ideas and discussion to help prepare the region for climate change impacts while reducing carbon emissions and energy use. Lunch and refreshments to be provided. Registration deadline: November 2, 2012.



Did ranchers save the prairie birds, or did birds save prairie ranchers?

The Ranchers Stewardship Alliance imagines future generation wondering who saved whom. This group based in Malta, Montana, seeks to turn the tables so conservation becomes an economic engine for agriculture. If you're working at the nexus of conservation and agriculture, this group is worth checking out. Enhancing Prairies and Ranches on their website offers thought-provoking musings on land stewardship, collaboration, and the entwining of conservation and culture.


Webinar: Purcells-South mountain caribou herd augmentation project 2011-2012 has a 57-minute video of the project. 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 northwestern British Columbia to the Purcell Mountains in southeastern 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 57 minute webinar will detail the various phases of the project, lessons learned, and highlight some of the challenges of wild ungulate translocations.


From Dialogue to Action

On October 4, 2012, attend this webinar developed by the Communities Adapting to Climate Change Initiative (CACCI). Join Dr. Mel Reasoner and CACCI team at 10:00 am Pacific/11:00 am Mountain as they cover the latest climate projections and potential climate impacts for the Basin, how communities around the region are taking action, and what's planned for this final year of the Initiative. Click here to access the webinar.


If you can't attend this webinar, check out the video From Dialogue to Action Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation in the Canadian Columbia Basin, developed bythe Communities Adapting to Climate Change Initiative.


Towards a Blueprint for watershed Governance in British Columbia

A synthesis report available through the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance summarizes key aspects of the discussions and themes explored at a two-day roundtable hosted by the Water Sustainability Project and the Water Policy and Governanace Group (WPGG) in June 2012. The roundatable focused on the potential for developing a watshed-based approach to water and resource governance in British Columbia. The synthesis report draws on presentations given during the two-day event and also captures key aspects of the dialogue, with a particular emphasis on identified leading practices used in other jurisdictions that can help inform principle for watershed governance in BC. 


In 2011 members of the WPGG, in partnership with members of the Lake Windermere Ambassadors (LWA) and Wildsight, collaborated on a study designed to identify and evaluate governance challenges facing the LWA. This report explores the concept of water governance, focusing on experiences specific to the East Kootenay Region of BC.


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 October!


Marcy Mahr

Stewardship & Communications Manager

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