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Stewardship Toolkit: Kootenay Conservation Program

This online toolkit features Kootenay-based resources for stewardship solutions that address issues on private land. This toolkit is designed for stewardship practitioners, local government planners and other service providers as well as being a one-stop-shop for private landowners interested in stewardship options for their property:

The Wild Connection

Learn about efforts to protect an area rich in wildlife and diverse ecosystems.
Piq kiʔláwnaʔ encompasses a corridor that runs between New Denver and Kaslo.
(Piq kiʔláwnaʔ is the Sinixt word for “white grizzly”.) The ecological integrity of the area is threatened with multiple  developments including a proposed massive ski resort and town. Home to endangered caribou as well as grizzly bear, mountain goat, mule deer, wolverine, western toad, etc.

 

The Sinixt First People

The Sinixt are the First People where the Snk’mip Marsh Sanctuary is located.

Learn more about Sinixt language, history and cutlure at the Sinixt Nation website:

Sinixt Archaeology (Video)

Archaeology at the Slocan river narrows

Indigenous occupation of the Slocan Valley for thousands of years:

Sinixt Facebook Group

The Blood of Life Collective is a group of settler and Sinixt activists collaborating to support Sinixt resurgence:

The Xeni Gwet’in

The Xeni Gwet’in are the First People where the Elkin Creek Nature Preserve is located

The Xeni Gwet’in First Nations Government is affiliated with the Tŝilhqot’in National Government, an association of autonomous member bands.

About the area and its First Peoples:

Xeni Gwet’in/Dasiqox Tribal Park

An article about the Dasiqox Tribal Park in Tŝilhqot’in territory and the efforts of local First Peoples to establish other protected areas:

iNaturalist

Learn about nature and become a Citizen Scientist:  iNaturalist is a global data-sharing application to engage people in observing, learning about, and recording the rich biodiversity that surrounds us:

Valhalla Wilderness Society

Champions of conservation since 1975, the VWS is a BC-based wilderness conservation organization specializing in the creation of parks and protected areas for wildlife and ecosystems. Current campaigns include work to grow BC parks and protect the inland temperate rainforest for grizzly bears, mountain caribou and other endangered and threatened species:

Bird's-eye view (video) of Snk'mip Marsh area

Video produced for our friends at the Slocan Lake Stewardship Society, contains beautiful aerial footage of the Snk'mip Marsh area (with a nod to the conservation work of the Valhalla Foundation for Ecology at minute 6:47... thanks!)

Slocan Lake Stewardship Society

Dedicated to the conservation and protection of the Slocan Lake watershed, its foreshore, and tributaries, the SLSS is committed to scientific accuracy, public education, advocacy, and is actively restoring wetlands in the Bonanza Biodiversity Corridor.  Additional great resources and links on their website:

Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society (CKISS)

CKISS strives to keep our lakes pristine, forests lush, mountains healthy, and economies thriving through education and managing invasive species in an effective way.  Invasive species out-compete native species for resources and growing space and can be damaging to entire ecosystems. Learn to recognize invasive species and what you can do to prevent their spread:

West Kootenay EcoSociety

From campaigns for local food security to 100% renewable energy, from stopping the Jumbo ski resort to protecting old-growth forests, the EcoSociety is a long-standing community-based activist organization in BC.  Current campaigns include addressing the climate crisis, preserving wild places and ecosystems, deep canvassing, and a "farms to friends" food-sharing program:

Yellowstone to Yukon (Y2Y) Conservation Initiative

A visionary initiative to create a corridor of protected areas stretching from Yellowstone Park to the Yukon -- an interconnected system of wildlands and waters that harmonize the needs of people with those of nature. The Y2Y collaboration involves almost 500 partner organizations in moving forward this ambitious work:

Land Trust Alliance of BC

LTABC represents 35 land trusts across the province. They provide educational, research, and resource programs that have helped conservation groups steward, protect and restore BC’s natural and cultural diversity. BC land trusts have protected well over one million acres of ecologically and culturally significant areas. To learn more:

Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program

A partnership between BC Hydro, the Province of B.C., Fisheries and Oceans Canada, First Nations, and public stakeholders, the FWCP conserves and enhances fish and wildlife in watersheds impacted by BC Hydro dams.  They support a broad range of habitat and species-recovery projects.  Learn more:

Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation

The mission of HCTF is to improve the conservation outcomes of BC’s fish and wildlife, and the habitats in which they live. HCTF makes a difference by funding conservation projects and by educating and engaging the public about BC’s natural assets.  To learn more:

TD Friends of the Environment Foundation

Founded by TD Bank Group in 1990, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) is a national charity that funds environmental projects across Canada.  The Foundation supports a wide range of environmental initiatives with a primary funding focus on revitalizing, animating, and stewarding public green spaces:

Columbia Basin Trust (environment programs)

The Trust supports efforts by the people of the Columbia Basin to create a legacy of social, economic, and environmental well-being. The Columbia Basin Trust is a Crown Corporation that reallocates some of the profits from hydro-power generation from dams on the Columbia river system.  CBT partners with Basin residents and groups to help them develop and implement projects and initiatives that address environmental priorities to conserve and enhance natural assets: