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Western Canada Wilderness Committee

Lifelines - Protecting BC's Wild Species and Spaces

LIFELINES will educate British Columbians about endangered species, with a special focus on connecting children and youth to ten flagship species at risk in BC. British Columbia is one of only two Canadian provinces without an endangered species law, yet the province is home to more wild plant and animal species than any other. This project will mobilize the public, youth, and children to act, using video, photography, educational reports, outdoor slide shows, story-telling, social media, mainstream media, and student-generated art exhibits, to bring endangered species back into the minds, hearts and homes of British Columbians.

Wildlife Rehabilitators Network

Exploring needs and capacity required for a provincial Wildlife Rehabilitation Resource Hub

There is an increasing demand for humane care for distressed wildlife in BC, paired with a growing public expectation that wildlife rehabilitators provide care that meets professional standards comparable to those in place for companion or exotic animals. There are not enough qualified wildlife rehabilitators to meet this need, and insufficient access to formal, relevant, and affordable training resources for aspiring or practicing rehabilitators. Identifying sustainable channels to increase the number of wildlife rehabilitators in BC will enhance wildlife welfare in the province while promoting public safety by ensuring distressed wildlife is humanely cared for by licensed professionals.

Wildsight Living Lakes Canada

Citizen Science Series

Outcomes will help influence systemic change through: 1. Normalizing active water stewardship with robust, scientifically defensible monitoring protocols that have been adjusted to be accessible and user friendly for citizen scientists. 2. Strengthened community understanding and engagement on the inter-relationship between land use, climate change and watershed health and that this stewardship is a collective responsibility. 3. Inform existing and newly emerging watershed and land use management policies, practices and pluralistic frameworks at the municipal, regional or sub-basin level. Our Citizen Science Series is an important initiative to engage, train and empower citizens and community groups to collect water data for policy implementation within their communities in lakes, rivers, wetlands, aquifers and glacial environments. We use provincial and federal protocols such as the Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network in rivers and will be testing the adaptation of the protocol in partnership with Environment Canada to assess wetland health. We use Provincial Ambient Water Monitoring and Groundwater Protocols, and will be testing citizen science protocols for blue-green algae and glacial monitoring, which has not been done before in BC. We will work with the Adaptation to Climate Team - SFU and our science advisory board to implement and test the ability to asses climate change impacts within each of the monitoring protocols we use.

Living Lakes Canada - I Love My Lake

With an intensification of shoreline development proposals in the Columbia Basin, government agencies and community organizations have been working on Kootenay region lakes since 2006. With management guidelines now in place, Living Lakes Canada, in partnership with the East Kootenay Integrated Lake Management Partnership and Kootenay Lake Partnership, have developed an outreach strategy to engage these lake communities in a broader water stewardship dialogue, and move toward implementing the science into decision-making processes (Official Community Plans, Lake Management Plans or zoning bylaws). I Love My Lake aims to engage and create a sense of pride around healthy shorelines for shoreline property owners and other lake users. “I Love My Lake” includes a series of outreach tools and workshops designed to educate lake stewardship groups, local governments, realtors, and other community leaders about best practices in shoreline management, the aquatic habitat value of their lake, and encourage public participation in planning initiatives to better protect ecological values.

Aquatic Habitat Index (AHI) and Archaeological Overview Assessment (AOA)

CCRIFC and its partners (also known as the Kootenay Lake Partnership) are in the process of developing a lake management plan that will be used throughout communities on Kootenay Lake as an over-arching directive on activities and development. As a component of a three-part lake study (the Foreshore Inventory and Mapping complete), the aquatic habitat index (AHI) and archaeological overview assessment (AOA) will feed into shoreline guidelines for the lake. This grant will support a two-fold study (AHI/AOA) that will be conducted simultaneously and integrated into a final guidance document. It will include a fish and wildlife inventory, detailed habitat assessments and an archaeological study to determine the natural and cultural values for each lake segment. The inventory will be used to develop an ecological health index of the shoreline and related upland area, which will indicate zones of sensitivity (e.g. wetlands, tributary outlets, native grasslands, wildlife habitat and corridors, biologically productive areas, and traditional and contemporary culturally significant sites)

Elk River Alliance Community-based Water Monitoring

The Elk River Alliance (ERA) encourages citizens to understand water quality, quantity and the water decisionmaking process as a necessary bridge to ensure long-term sustainability of water quality and flows. The project will integrate holistic watershed planning within the watershed and engage grassroots community participation. Through this project, the ERA aims to demostrate that community-based water monitoring can build relationships of accountability, transparency, respect and trust between citizens, government and private landowners.

Living Lakes Network Canada

The project aims to protect and enhance Lake Windermere by means of inter-agency cooperation, scientific water quality monitoring and public education and engagement. This includes hosting a national workshop, initiating a partner survey to determine priority projects, standardizing stream monitoring methods, helping to train five water stewardship groups and developing a guide to successfully implementing community-based water stewardship programs.

World Wildlife Fund Canada

British Columbia Water Polling

WWF is proposing to plan and execute a short-term, timely and detailed polling project to provide our organization, and our partners, with a solid base of information to understand the interests, concerns and values of the residents of B.C. with respect to freshwater resources and ecosystems. This project has two main purposes/goals: 1. To gain an understanding of the values, interests and concerns of the B.C. public with respect to freshwater resources and ecosystems, providing a base of information for NGOs and others to use in strategies and campaigns aimed at improving water policy and management in the province; and 2. To educate the B.C. public on the importance of water to their economy, health and environment, and on the importance and need for water policy reform to secure safe, reliable water supplies and a healthy aquatic ecosystems.

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative

Upstream, Downstream: A Collaborative Approach to Cumulative Effects

A Murray River Watershed Working Group (WWG) led by First Nations as stewards of the land, with resource companies, Y2Y, provincial government and other technical, academic and community representatives invited as appropriate, will use facilitated meetings and a series of 4-5 community workshops to deepen mutual understanding of the local and broader context and shape the CEA Framework. Together they will forge a common agenda and agree on the CEA Framework scope, process and timeframes, with the workshops helping to flesh it out and draw on local and traditional ecological knowledge. This will root the Framework in the values of the communities that use the 175km-long Murray River—specifically First Nations communities – but also take into account broader community and resource needs and industrial, academic, technical and government input. Saulteau First Nations, West Moberly First Nations and MacLeod Lake Indian Band have already confirmed their WWG representation. This project will bring together people who share an interest in the great natural resources of the Peace region, but who may have quite different perspectives, to collaboratively create a CEA Framework and process, which will ultimately inform and enable a more balanced and integrated land-use approach. It will also provide an innovative model for cross-sector working on land-use planning that reflects and respects aboriginal rights and values, supporting their continued use and enjoyment of the land.

Engaging Communities and First Nations in the Peace River Break

Y2Y seeks to protect wildlife habitat, preserve wildlife movement, and enlist community support so that wildlife populations in the Peace River Break (PRB) remain healthy and connected to those in Alberta’s mountain parks and northern B.C. Since 2008, Y2Y has worked with northern communities to develop a conservation vision for habitat protection and conservation throughout the PRB. Partners include First Nations, the District of Hudson’s Hope, environmental groups, and the University of Northern B.C. Together we have completed a conservation vision map and strategic plan. Y2Y recently hired a full-time Peace River Break Coordinator, based in Chetwynd, to expand and implement this conservation strategy, including advocating for new protected areas. We have secured 3-years of funding for this position, and are seeking support from Vancouver Foundation to help cover travel costs to First Nations’ and non-First Nations’ communities, venue rental, and the creation of a new multimedia presentation and communications materials to promote the conservation vision.

Local Communications Campaign to Protect the Peace River Valley & Stop SiteC Dam

The PVEA seeks to implement a local communications plan as part of its campaign to protect the Peace River Valley and stop the Site C dam. PVEA intends to undertake a number of actions including: creating and delivering messaging relevant to local audiences through social media, posters, pamphlets and through presentations in collaboration with local group leaders; distributing media releases and columns to local news media on a regular basis about the dam, the various issues and opportunities to influence decision-making; creating a customer relationship management database and mailer; carrying out voice-interactive response calls to every household in Peace River north and south; carrying out a telephone town hall amongst all homes in the Peace Region; undertaking a direct mailer to 5,000 homes in the Peace Region; and conducting polling two-thirds of the way through the campaign period to measure success and determine the best strategy for the final few months of campaigning.

Peace-Making: Advancing Conservation Outcomes in BC's Peace River Break

Since 2008 Y2Y has led an effort to raise awareness about, and support conservation of the Peace River Break (PRB). This culminated in a successful conference in March 2012, at which more than 50 individuals validated work to date and contributed to future plans. Y2Y will build upon this work to advance a shared conservation vision for the PRB. We will finalize a conservation agenda that will preserve sufficient intact lands to maintain connectivity for wildlife and ecosystem services for human communities. Through a new and significant partnership with the University of Northern BC, we will establish a repository of accessible regional spatial information, and initiate an assessment of wildlife mortality hotspots, especially along Highway 97 through Pine Pass. We will push the BC government to complete the proposed Peace-Boudreau Park. We will involve local First Nations in these efforts. We will communicate about the importance of the region and strengthen the connections among its communities. We will build the long-term capacity of local organizations to carry on this work.

Keeping the Peace Fully Wild

The Peace River Break is the only connection between the abundant wildlife of northern BC and the Rocky Mountain Parks. This key ecosystem is currently threatened by poorly-planned road networks, coal mines, hydroelectric projects and other renewable energy developments which are outpacing the understanding of the area’s value to wildlife and traditional land uses. This project will raise awareness among decision makers of the region’s ecological importance and build the capacity of local organizations to advance policies and practices that protect and restore the vitality of the Peace River Break.

A Collaborative Conservation Plan for the Peace River Break

This project aims to maintain and restore the ecological connectivity of the Peace River Break region by facilitating the completion of a collaborative conservation plan and support for high priority projects consistent with the plan for addressing conservation threats and opportunities. Currently, no such integrated regional plan or network exist.

Young Naturalists' Club of BC

Exploring Collective Impact to support an Enduring Nature Connection for Children to Older Youth

By exploring innovative ways to collaborate the organizations involved in this project will result in a continuum of opportunity for young people to a) build a deep connection to the natural world; b) develop agency to take action to protect it; and c) work to connect others with nature. Currently, organizations work in silos often with a particular age group or emphasis. There are few examples of organizations easing the transition for children and youth from programs offered by one organization to another. As a result, children may participate for a period of time with an organization but may be “dropped” when they age-out of one program or organization. With a collective impact (or similar) strategy, we can foster a highly supported cohort of children to develop into Nature Champions, who are able to influence the system as adults, both as parents and through their chosen careers. Through this project we will: 1) Invite 4-6 select environmental organizations working in BC, Natural Leaders Participants, as well as youth involved with these organizations, to participate in a facilitated dialogue about how we can create a “continuum of opportunity” for young people between our organizations and programs 2) Explore different models of collaboration that could be tested including a broader collective impact framework. 3) Determine if there is a readiness to proceed with a pilot for a new approach to address ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’ in B.C.

Bird Aware Cat Care (BACC): Youth Citizen Scientists Protect Birds and Keep Cats Safe in BC

How it will work: There is a strong cultural resistance to limiting cat access to outdoors. We proposed to disrupt this resistance by working at the family scale through a positive youth-led education campaign borne from the youth’s experience of learning about the impact of cats on birds by testing different alternatives to allowing cats to free-roam. We seek to change beliefs (it is normal, natural and not harmful for cats to be free-roaming) in a cohort of NatureKids BC Members families with cats and to change how they act (keeping cats in, using various predation reducing devices such as the Cat Bib or BirdBeSafe collar). The “citizen science” component will test efficacy of various alternatives and will to engage youth, acting as a tool for encouraging dialogue and education leading to changing behaviour at the family scale. Much like the early work on encouraging recycling, engaged youth can be a powerful lever for change at the family scale which may then ripple out into the community. We will conduct pre/post surveys of NatureKids member families to gauge their awareness, attitudes and perceptions about the impact cat predation on birds and other wildlife. The survey will explore respondents’ awareness of different methods of reducing bird mortality from cat kills and willingness/ barriers to employ the methods. This will provide a baseline to compare the outcomes of a repeat survey (and provide data on the success of the project) at the end of year two.

Engaging youth to protect amphibians through road surveys

Amphibians play a key role in wetland health. Yet amphibian populations are in decline- they are the most threatened vertebrate group on earth (The Global Amphibian Assessment, 2004) . In BC, roads pose a significant risk to amphibians as they annually migrate to and from sources of water for breeding. Training and empowering youth to conduct Amphibian Road Surveys will help conserve amphibians through the collection of data (identifying high amphibian-use road crossings as sites for management and mitigation efforts) and by raising awareness and engaging local youth and families in local amphibian conservation. Remote training, including online videos and webinars, will be used to enable Young Naturalists’ Clubs around BC to conduct amphibian road surveys. A Road Survey Kit containing all the materials needed to conduct their road survey will be provided to interested clubs for their use. Youth Citizen Scientists will enter their data online to the BC Frogwatch website where the data will be collated, mapped and archived, contributing to the conservation of amphibian populations.

YNC Nature Mentors Initiative

The Young Naturalists' Club of BC (YNC) gets children aged 5-14 outside discovering nearby nature and experiencing hands-on learning about the natural sciences through: volunteer-led Nature Clubs in communities across BC, field trips with inspirational local experts, Citizen Science Projects and an Action Awards program. This grant will support the development of a nature mentors program by developing a database linking passionate biologists, naturalists and environmental educators with BC youth, creating a legacy of environmental awareness and action.