Conservation projects announced for East Kootenay


Nine projects will receive funding from the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund in 2012.

“The Regional District of East Kootenay Board of Directors has approved a total of $216,194 in funding for projects this year,” explains RDEK Columbia Valley Directors Committee Chair, Gerry Taft.

The Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund is administered by the East Kootenay Conservation Program (EKCP) on behalf of the RDEK. A Technical Review Committee, made up of a number of Columbia Valley residents, reviews the funding applications and makes recommendations to the EKCP and RDEK.

“This Local Conservation Fund is successfully providing a locally-generated source of funding that leverages other investment in our area,” says Dave Hillary, Manager of EKCP. “Now in its third year, it has established a track record of protecting the values we care about, from conserving wetlands and grasslands to protecting water quality and special places.”

This is the third full year for the program. In 2011, over $280,000 was approved for 10 projects. In 2010, a total of $83,550 was approved for eight projects.

Regional District of East Kootenay - Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund 2012 Approved Projects:

Lot 48 Columbia Lake - $100,000

Submitted by Nature Conservancy of Canada

Contribution towards the purchase of 127ha of high value land for conservation located south of Fairmont Hot Springs on the eastern shore of Columbia Lake.

Dutch-Findlay Private Conservation Land Open Forest Restoration Project - $18,950

Submitted by Nature Conservancy of Canada

To develop and implement a 5-year Marion Creek Benchlands Vegetation Management Plan and to complete thinning and slashing activities prior to a prescribed burn.

Reintroducing the Northern Leopard Frog to the Upper Columbia Marshes - $15,620

Submitted by Columbia Wetlands Stewardship Partners

To reintroduce the endangered Northern Leopard Frog species into historic and suitable habitat as part of a larger scale recovery effort being implemented by the Northern Leopard Frog Recovery Team (NLFRT) .

Neighbourhood Invasive Plant Program (Columbia Valley) - $16,000

Submitted by East Kootenay Invasive Plant Council

Inventory and map locations of invasive weeds. Help educate private landowners and increase awareness on techniques for control and provide them with technical advice, resources, equipment, and treatment services to control and eradicate invasive plants.

Hoodoo Conservation Property Management - $33,500

Submitted by The Nature Trust of British Columbia

To protect conservation values of this property, including sensitive soils and grasslands, by installing vehicle access measures to restrict motor vehicle access and conducting invasive plant management.

Ecological Goods and Services Project - $4,000

Submitted by Windermere and District Farmers Institute

Maintain, support, promote and expand the EGS project that involves fencing cattle out of a lake riparian area and providing alternate watering for livestock, which will allow farmers to maintain and enhance the natural assets they manage.

Boulder Creek Diversion Project - $10,000

Submitted by Toby Benches Society

Improve water quality in two lakes and three streams and increase water quantity for several wetlands to ensure long-term maintenance of biological diversity in an 1800 hectare area.

Lake Windermere Ambassadors - Water Quality Attainment Monitoring - $10,624

Lake Windermere Ambassadors Society

Assist the Ambassador’s Society in water quality monitoring, shoreline restoration and water stewardship outreach.

Strategic Invasive Plant Control of Leafy Spurge - $7,500

Submitted by East Kootenay Invasive Plant Council

Decrease the infestation of leafy spurge in the Upper Columbia Valley.

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