October 2013 eNews


Fall is in full swing, and we are in the midst of many great conservation-related opportunities!  As you'll see below, many KCP partners have exciting workshops and events planned for October including Clear Sky Centre, Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) and Columbia Mountains Institute (CMI).


To kick things off, KCP's Annual Gathering starts this Friday in Creston.  This 2-day meeting will feature sessions on stewardship strategies, strategic planning and governance.  


We are also very excited to announce that the Regional District of East Kootenay's (RDEK) Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund (CVLCF) that is managed in partnership with KCP has been named a Finalist for the Real Estate Foundation of BC's Land Awards!  Read more below, or click here for the full press release.  


Not to be missed in all the excitement, many funding opportunities have opened their doors for proposals including the CVLCF and CBT's Environmental Initiatives Program (EIP).   


As always, feel free to pass along any conservation-related events, resources or opportunities to KCP by emailing duncan@kootenayconservation.ca.   


KCP Annual Gathering

October 4-5, 2013 - Creston

Just a few days until KCP's Annual Gathering on October 4 & 5 at the Ramada in Creston. If you are planning on attending, and haven't sent us your rsvp, please email duncan@kootenayconservation.ca  asap to confirm you attendance.  


Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund 

Technical Review Committee Alternate - Expressions of Interest

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) in partnership with KCP are seeking to fill one vacancy for an alternate position on a five person Technical Review Committee to make recommendations on allocating annual funding for conservation projects for the area from Canal Flats to Spillimacheen.  Travel expenses will be covered for those who require them. You do not need to live in the Columbia Valley to apply. Term is for two years.


For more information please read the Terms of Reference by going to www.kootenayconservation.ca and then clicking on Local Conservation Fund.


To apply, please submit a resume and include a covering letter that provides:


1. Contact information including name, address, phone number and email address.

2. Your area of technical expertise. To be on the committee you must have comprehensive knowledge related to at least one of the following conservation fields: water, fish, wildlife, habitat, or open space and natural area conservation.

3. Any special or unique circumstances that you want us to consider.


Applications can be emailed to:  dave@kootenayconservation.ca


Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund

Call for Proposals Now Open!

The Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) and Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) are seeking proposals for projects that will benefit conservation in the area from Spillimacheen to Canal Flats utilizing the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund (CVLCF). To apply for funding go to www.kootenayconservation.ca and click on the Local Conservation Fund tab. Review the Terms of Reference paying particular attention to Section 8 - Fund Design and then apply using the application form provided.


Closing dates for project submissions is 4:30pm October 31, 2013. Projects specific to land acquisition and/or conservation covenants may be submitted at any time.


Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK)

Finalist for the Real Estate Foundation of BC's Land Awards!

The Regional District of East Kootenay's Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund (CVLCF) has been named as a Finalist for the Real Estate Foundation of BC's fourth annual Land Awards Gala.  The awards pay tribute to companies, non-profits and governments leading innovative land use projects that contribute to sustainable communities. Finalists are selected on their ability to demonstrate innovation, leadership and collaboration in sustainable land use in BC and are chosen in three categories: private sector, public sector and non-profit sector. The RDEK is a finalist in the public sector category and the winner will be announced at the Land Awards Gala on October 25th.  Click here for the full story.  


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 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.  


Clear Sky Study and Meditation Centre

Lieutenant Governor visits Clear Sky to discuss Holistic Management

Walking our 310 acre meditation cushion with the Honourable Judith Guichon, the Lieutenant Governor of B.C. was a rare opportunity to share and demonstrate the value of our grasslands, food forest and green building projects at Clear Sky. With a room full of guests from our local MLA, to representatives of the Rocky Mountain Trench Society, the Kootenay Conservation Program, our funders (Columbia Basin Trust and Agroforestry Industry Development Initiative) to ranchers we explored why Holistic Management could benefit our region and Clear Sky.  

This visit was a wonderful success and an excellent opportunity to introduce our local community to the depth of our vision and our quadruple bottom line.  With the enthusiasm and support garnered from this event, we are exploring how we can work with facilitators who specialize in Holistic Management. so clear sky has practical tools to work together with partners in the East Kootenays.  Click here to read more.  

Columbia Basin Watershed Network (CBWN)

Watershed Network Strategic Framework

Our DRAFT three-year Strategic Framework is still available on our website and ready for your review. Thank you for those who have already provided feedback.  Please review the DRAFT Strategic Framework and then go to our online survey and provide your feedback. 

Government of British Columbia
Water Sustainability Act   
Earlier this month, British Columbia's Minister of the Environment, Mary Polak, expressed the government's commitment to preparing an updated Water Sustainability Act for the 2014 legislative session.  The public can follow along and comment on the proposed act by clicking here.   

Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME)

Recommendations Report for Current and Future Ambient Air Quality Monitoring

Project Description:  CCME is contracting the development of a recommendations report on current and future ambient air quality monitoring to support jurisdictional implementation of the Air Quality Management System (AQMS), including Canadian Ambient Air Quality Standards and air quality management in provincial/territorial air zones.  Closing Date/Time: Tuesday, October 15, 12:00 noon CDT.  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 wildvoices@cbeen.org or click here



Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) 

Deadline: October 15, 2013

The Environmental Initiatives Program (EIP) provides support to community-initiated and-supported projects that aim to reduce the impacts humans have on local and regional ecosystems. CBT staff are available to provide some degree of assistance to proponents during the project/proposal development stage of EIP applications. There may also be a limited opportunity to access specific technical assistance. Please contact Rick Allen or call 1.800.505.8998.   Click here for more information.  Closing date for Large Grants is October 15, 2013.


Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent Adaptive Management Initiative (AMI)

Deadline: October 23, 2013

This program supports collaborative, on-the-ground climate adaptation efforts that will build a sustainable and resilient future for the Crown of the Continent (COTC).  Interested organizations should carefully review the information outlined in the Request for Proposals by clicking here.  


KCP and Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund (CVLCF)
Deadline: October 31, 2013

The Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) and Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) are seeking proposals for projects that will benefit conservation in the area from Spillimacheen to Canal Flats utilizing the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund (CVLCF).  To apply for funding go to www.kootenayconservation.ca and click on the Local Conservation Fund tab. Review the Terms of Reference paying particular attention to Section 8 - Fund Design and then apply using the application form provided.  Projects specific to land acquisition and/or conservation covenants may be submitted at any time.  


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. 

Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP)

Deadline: November 15, 2013

Funding application forms are now available at www.fwcp.ca 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. 
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.  For information and eligibility requirements, click here.  

KCP Annual Gathering

October 4 - 5, 2013  - Creston, BC

For more information please see the above information under the 'KCP News' or email info@kootenayconservation.ca


Upper Columbia Watershed Tour

October 9, 2013 - Starts in Invermere

The tour will be a great opportunity to see what makes this a great place, while talking about watershed needs, what we can do, and how we can get there.  

For more information, click here.  


Community Based Social Marketing (CBSM) Workshop

October 9 - 10, 2013 - Vancouver, BC

This two-day advanced workshop provides an in-depth exploration of how community-based social marketing can be used to foster sustainable behaviour.

For more information click here.


Permaculture Design Certificate Course  

October 13 - 26, 2013 - Clear Sky Centre (near Cranbrook)

This is the intensive two week PDC format following the full 72 hour PDC curriculum as laid out in "Permaculture, A Designers Manual,"(Mollison 1983). The course is taught by Jesse Lemieux of Pacific Permaculture.  For more information click here.

Columbia Basin Trust Symposium

October 18 - 20, 2013 - Creston

Register now to connect with fellow Basin residents at the 2013 Columbia Basin Symposium.  The event, which occurs once every three years, promises a great lineup of sessions and other activities, and features keynote speaker Paul Born, President and Co-founder of Tamarack: An Institute for Community Engagement.  To register, or for more information, visit www.cbt.org/2013symposium.


Agricultural Area Planning and Agricultural Tour

October 21, 2013 - West Creston Community Hall, West Creston
Join a panel discussion on the varied approaches and successes with regional Agricultural Area Plans from the East Kootenay, Central Kootenay and Kootenay Boundary Regional Districts, followed with a bus tour of local farms in and around Creston.  Attendees MUST register in advance. Please call or email April Ternida at the PIBC office at 604-696-5031, toll-free at 1-866-696-5031 or info@pibc.bc.ca to reserve your seat.

Statistics for Biologists: A Refresher Course

October 22 - 24, 2013 - Coast Hillcrest Hotel, Revelstoke, BC 

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. With the advent of modern statistical packages, the analysis of data is fairly easy, but it is far too easy to get nonsense results. This course will also review common pitfalls in the analysis of data.  Click here for more information.


You're on the Air - Media Relations Skills

October 25, 2013 - Selkirk College, Nelson

Discover how to communicate your messages with ease and flair when dealing with the media, whether print, radio, television or online.  Learn how to unpack and diffuse a reporter's questions to ensure you get your messages out during an interview.  This workshop includes you getting experience in front of the camera.  Learn how to quell your nerves and convey your message with credibility and conviction.  Click here for more information.

Real Estate Foundation of BC 2013 Land Awards Gala

October 25, 2013 - Vancouver, BC

The Land Awards recognize initiatives that demonstrate leadership, innovation, and collaboration in sustainable land use in British Columbia.  The Regional District of East Kootenay's (RDEK) Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund (CVLCF) which KCP manages has been been listed as a Finalist for this year's awards!

For more information click here. 


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


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.  




Columbia River Basin Biodiversity Atlas


The Biodiversity Atlas is a web portal for information about the incredibly rich array of species and ecosystems found in the BC portion of the Columbia River Watershed. The Atlas uses the latest in web mapping technology to provide visitors with a dynamic and interactive experience.


The Atlas includes layers for 42 species, three ecosystems and four activities and is used by conservationist as a decision making tool. Recently, with the inclusion of several citizen science tools, the Atlas' audience is growing. It's now also being promoted as an educational resource for students across the Basin. 


Main funders of the project are: CBT, FWCP, FortisBC, and Selkirk College. 


For more information, please visit www.biodiversityatlas.org or contact Ian Parfitt, Coordinator, at (250) 304-6524. 



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


Duncan Whittick

Administrative Assistant