Friends of the Lardeau Valley Speaker Series

Michael Proctor 1200px Nov 6th Poster

Friends of the Lardeau River is thrilled that Dr. Michael Proctor will be our November Speaker Series presenter.

Tuesday November 6, 7PM at the Argenta Hall.

The Cooperation and Science Fix for Grizzly Bear Conservation Issues.

We have been researching conservation issues and implementing a comprehensive program to reduce human bear conflicts for over a decade in the trans-border region of southern Canada and NW USA across several small fragmented threatened populations. We found conflicts significantly contributed to their threatened status by causing population declines, fragmentation, and decreased habitat effectiveness. Monitoring has found clear evidence that our efforts to reduce conflicts have resulted in reduced mortality, increased connectivity, and improved habitat effectiveness resulting in increased reproduction and survival and improved conservation status. Our program includes strategic private land purchases to reduce human densities in wildlife corridors, efforts to secure bear attractants where human settlement and agriculture exists, and non-lethal management of conflict bears and more. Attractant management includes cost-share electric fencing and other techniques, bear resistant garbage containers, and deadstock containment. We teach bear safety courses and bear spray training to increase tolerance and give people tools to avoid dangerous encounters with bears. We radio collared and used non-lethal management on potential conflict bears and have a ~85% success rate on females. We identified the most important backcountry foraging habitats for protection with motorized access controls to reduce conflicts and mortality and provide habitat security to reproductive females. The composite effects of working across these arenas has resulted in a significant reduction in human-caused mortality and increased connectivity, habitat effectiveness, and reproduction resulting in an improved conservations status of several now-recovering threatened populations. Several challenges remain including a plethora of offspring from females living adjacent to agricultural areas. We discuss strategies to incorporate a vision for success into conflict reduction programs. What to do with all the bears?

LV Community Club Fundraiser


Excellent opportunity to support our much needed debris booms! And you could win a logging truck load of firewood – generously donated by Kaslo Community Forest! Free delivery between Howser & Kaslo

Contact Cari Liverman-Lamoureux Tracy Tanya Remple Amanda Cutting Sandra Rempel to purchase your tickets!!

Kootenay Lake Summit

summerphotoSAVE THE DATE!   Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society’s annual Kootenay Lake Summit is taking place on November 3rd, 2018.   The Kootenay Lake Summit is a free event offering an opportunity for community members to engage by attending talks and presentations hosted by experts in their field. Last years event allowed over 100 residents to participate and the chance to learn about stewardship activities going on around the lake that they can actively participate in. The focus of the 2018 Summit will be to provide residents with sound knowledge on the history of Kootenay Lake including related cultural and archaeological history. Come and enjoy some delicious food and engaging conversation!

Where: J.V Humphries School – 404 Front Street,  Kaslo V0G1M0 (,%C2%A0+Kaslo+V0G1M0&entry=gmail&source=g&mc_cid=25ebc3273e&mc_eid=[UNIQID])     When: Saturday, November 3, 2018. 4:30pm – 9pm.   For details please refer to our website ([UNIQID]) , more information will be posted as it becomes available. To be the first to hear when tickets are released, we recommend you sign up as a member ([UNIQID]) . All of our members get priority on exicitng opportunities through our organization like the summit and wildlife and water quality monitoring opportunities.

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