Columbia Valley Pioneer staff

A number of important conservation proposals are being reviewed in the Columbia Valley in the new year.

In fact, nine proposals were highlighted in a recent presentation to the Regional District of East Kootenay by the Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP).

The proposals fall under the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund and recommendations from the Technical Review Committee (TRC). The evaluation criteria include project feasibility, cost effectiveness, cost sharing, and project effectiveness.

The nine applications are: 

• Conservation of biodiversity in the Columbia wetlands ($20,000)

• Larsen Lake range fencing project ($22,940)

• Enhancing bat habitat and monitoring populations ($25,334)

• Reimagining the threads that bind wildlife conservation to farming ($8,000)

• Columbia headwaters (Columbia Lake) monitoring and education ($15,000)

• Creation and protection of anthropogenic bat habitat ($13,640)

• Columbia Lake bighorn sheep population and habitat project ($12,984)

• Shuswap Band badger habitat enhancement and restoration ($52,551 request for 2024 TRC recommended $12,000)

• Columbia Basin water monitoring collective ($5,000 requested, TRC not recommending funding)

The report highlights one continuing, multi-year project — strategic invasive plant control of leafy spurge.

The TRC recommended funding for eight proposals in 2024, with reduced funding for one — the badger project. The report indicated the recommended total funding is $137,098.

The RDEK will review the request during budget deliberations.