The Columbia Wetland Waterbird Survey is a citizen-science intiiative. Photo Sumitted

Kootenay Conservation Project provides online tools for Golden initiatives

The Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) has a new online tool to help connect the community with programs that aim to help enhance and protect the natural environment.

Nearly 20 conservation opportunities for Golden are listed on the KCP website, www.kcpstewardship.ca. The stewardship program helps farmers access information and resources to strengthen their business, receive incentives for sustainable farming, and develop an environmental farm at no cost. The stewardship program offers the community ways to help conserve species at risk, build habitats on private lands, it helps reduce the impacts of wildfire by educating people on making their property FireSmart, connects people to donate ecologically significant land to a land trust, and helps people receive tax benefits by donating land to a qualified recipient.

The website also offers information on terrestrial and aquatic invasive species, and groundwater. It also focuses on wetlands, wetland water birds, marsh birds, great blue herons, swallows, owls, bat roosts, and wildlife.

Stewardship solutions listed include the interests and resources available in the Golden area, and directs users to where they can find out more information, like a one-stop-shop for environmental goals. It also includes handy symbols to show which items on the list relate to wildlife, habitat, monitoring, farms and ranches, or funding.

The online toolkit aims to address issues on private land, and features resources for stewardship solutions.

“Kootenay Conservation Program is really aimed at private land owners and how they can use resources to better manage their land,” said Wildsight Golden’s president Joan Dolinsky. “Even if you don’t own land, there are some interesting projects to get involved with.”

The Wildsight Golden Columbia Wetlands waterbird survey is listed on the KCP website.

“There are a lot of things people can do on their private lands,” says Rachel Darvill, Goldeneye Ecological Services wildlife biologist and independent contractor with Wildsight Golden. “Hopefully people are keen to get involved.”

Goldeneye Ecological Services is also included on the KCP website for helping to monitor and learn more about marsh birds on people’s properties.

The KCP website divides up regions of the Kootenays from Golden to Elk Valley and to the Lower Columbia River, encompassing everything in between.

To find out how to get involved in conservation projects in Golden, or in other areas of the Kootenays, go to www.kcpstewardship.ca.

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