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Healing Earth: an Evening Presentation with John Todd in Nelson, BC  Thursday May 30th, 2019 at 7pm


Venue: Shambhala Music & Performance Hall, Selkirk College
700 Tenth Street, Nelson, British Columbia

We are very fortunate that Dr John Todd has accepted to share his lifetime experience, knowledge and wisdom with us in the Kootenays.
John Todd is an ecological design pioneer, an innovative restoration ecologist and a marine biologist who has worked in many parts of the world for the last 50 years. He’s the recipient of numerous awards; he was the first winner of the Buckminster Fuller Challenge for the best idea to help save humanity in 2008. The entry was “Design for a Carbon Neutral
World: The Challenge of Appalachia”. And in 1990, the United Nations (FUNEP) Award for contributions to the Global Environment.
His new book: ”Healing Earth: An Ecologist’s Journey of Innovation and Stewardship” was published in January 2019.

This event is co-hosted by Kootenay Permaculture Institute and Slocan River Streamkeepers.

You can buy your tickets for $10 (plus fees) here:

Press release:

Slocan River Streamkeepers 2019 AGM — May 27

Valley residents are invited to the Slocan River Streamkeepers’ upcoming AGM. The Slocan River Streamkeepers’ mission has been to protect and rehabilitate the aquatic and wetland ecosystems of Slocan River through Education & Outreach, Restoration & Enhancement, Monitoring & Research — in collaboration with the community and local stakeholders. Ever since the Streamkeepers Society was founded in 2003, active-volunteer members have been working in conjunction with professional scientists, technicians, and educators contracted for specific roles.  The general public is welcomed to the AGM, which will convene on May27, at 6:30pm at the Passmore Hall.

Riparian & Wetland Restoration in the Slocan Valley

 from the 2019 KCP Winter Webinar Series:

Conservation in the Context of Climate Change – Restoration in Action

The Kootenay Conservation Program was pleased to bring back the Winter Webinar Series,  from January to March.  The four-part series focused on the theme of “Conservation in the Context of Climate Change – Restoration in Action.”

WEBINAR #3: Riparian and Wetland Restoration in the Slocan Valley

You can watch the third webinar in the KCP Winter Webinar Series. The Slocan River Streamkeepers have implemented over 40 riparian restoration projects in the Slocan Valley since 2005, restoring the equivalent of 5 km of riverbank. Some of the projects have also included fish habitat enhancement. More recently, the Streamkeepers have also implemented some wetland restoration and enhancement projects. In this webinar, Gregoire Lamoureux, restoration ecologist with Slocan River Streamkeepers, will talk about some of the projects that have been implemented over the years, the importance of good relationship with landowners, the challenges & benefits of the projects and more.

This webinar is presented in collaboration with the Columbia Basin Watershed Network



Crooked Horn Farm Wetland Restoration Project


A wetland restoration project on private land at Crooked Horn Farm in Winlaw, BC was initiated by the Slocan River Streamkeepers in 2016 and completed in Summer 2017. We gratefully received funding from the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program and National Wetlands Conservation Fund for the project.  This wildlife enhancement project has specifically consisted of creating habitat for a diversity of species including amphibians and painted turtles and also adding some bird boxes and bat houses.  (The Streamkeepers had previously implemented an adjacent riparian restoration project including in-stream fish habitat structures on the property in 2013.)

The project is located adjacent to Slocan Valley Rail Trail, hence it affords opportunities for public education and raising awareness of the importance of wetlands.

Slocan River Streamkeepers’ Gap Analysis

The Regional District of Central Kootenay provided grant funding of $5,600 enabling us to hire someone to research and compile findings of past studies of the ecology and hydrology of the Slocan River. Part of the intent is to identify areas of worthwhile study for the future.

We’ve hired Dominique Monnier — a graduate of Selkirk College’s Integrated Environmental Planning program, subsequently working for two years as a BC Park Ranger, and afterwards as a field technician and field supervisor in biological and environmental programs.

The study includes a review of fish assessments, and animal, plant, and habitat conditions, as well as geographical features that define the life and function of the river.  We expect the work will also suggest management strategies for maintaining ecological integrity.

This review and analysis will give Slocan River Streamkeepers direction in planning future restoration work and protection of past projects.  We thank the RDCK for the support.  We’ll keep interested public informed on findings through newspaper articles and this website.

Toadfest 2018 at Summit Lake

August 22 & 23 (last year)

2018 T.F.

The 2018 Toadfest was held at Summit Lake Provincial Park, near Nakusp, on:

  • Wednesday, August 22 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., and
  • Thursday, August 23 from 9:00 a.m. and 12 noon.

The free, fun, family event, organized by the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program, raises awareness of the Western Toad and the other species that call the area home. People who participated learned about the toad’s natural history, life cycle, and habitat needs, and checked out the other local live animals on display.

Adult toads typically migrate in early spring to breed at Summit Lake. The dime-size toadlets migrate from Summit Lake to upland habitat in the summer.

Thanks to our Toadfest partners: BC Parks, and the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development.

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