Kids wildlife art can win!

Good morning,

We are emailing today about BCCF’s first provincial Student Wildlife Art Contest. Do you or someone you know have children in grades K-12?

BC students in grades K-12 can enter their wildlife paintings or drawings for a chance to win a prize valued at $100 and have their work featured on the BCCF website! 3 winners from each of our 4 individual age categories will be chosen for a total of 12 winners.

Contest details can be found at:

WoW, residential,commercial, garbage and recycle pickups!

Kootenay Waste Services ltd


We’ve started our bi-weekly service north of Schroeder Creek all the way to LARDEAU and MEADOW CREEK!

Residential / commercial, garbage and recycle pickups!

Want on our route? Msg us here, call 250-353-2080 or visit

Since we, Kootenay Waste Services, will be servicing the Lardeau Valley now, we’d like to share some info.

• As of now, biweekly curbside garbage/recycle pickup is our only option as our dumpsters are on back order and have been for the last 6 months. Future plans for other systems can be worked out at a later date once we get our dumpster order in. ie) having a dumpster at a central location and use our bag tag system.

• October 26 is our next pickup date for Lardeau Valley and Jon will be dropping off info and survey sheets (complete list of services included) at the Meadow Creek store, Cooper Creek store and bulletin boards.

Residents can call or email to get on our route.
Cost: rates are from $14/month plus $1.80 per bag


Commercial/Residential Garbage & Recycling

CBT Energy Grants for Community Buildings



Columbia Basin Trust supports renewable, alternative energy generation

(Columbia Basin) – From town halls to seniors’ centres, community purpose buildings are well-used gathering places that can use a lot of electricity and be costly to operate. The new Energy Sustainability Grant from Columbia Basin Trust can help these buildings generate energy, increase energy efficiency and sustainability, and reduce energy costs.

“Basin residents told us that alternative and renewable energy are important to them,” said Johnny Strilaeff, Columbia Basin Trust President and Chief Executive Officer. “We’ve already supported a fewsuccessful projects in the region and we have now created the Energy Sustainability Grants program to support even more. The goal is to support community efforts to generate energy, while reducing energy costs, saving money and becoming more environmentally and economically sustainable.”

The program provides funding for community buildings that will generate their own energy using alternative and renewable methods such as installing solar panels, biomass energy boilers or wind turbines. There’s additional support for energy conservation and efficiency efforts, such as upgrading lighting, insulation or the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. The buildings must be actively used by the general public and owned by a non-profit organization, local government or First Nation.

Depending on the project scope, available support ranges from 50 to 75 per cent of project costs, up to a maximum grant of $100,000 per category. Funding is also available to help install level 2 electric vehicle charging stations. There is $900,000 available for this first intake which closes January 7, 2019. Learn more at

This program is one of the ways the Trust is helping communities conserve energy and generate renewable and alternative energy—one of our strategic priorities. The Trust has also supported the East Kootenay community energy manager and community energy diets, as well as an electric vehicle charging network across the Basin ( In addition, the Trust has helped improve energy efficiency and sustainability in 47 affordable housing buildings in the Basin.

Columbia Basin Trust supports the ideas and efforts of the people in the Columbia Basin. To learn more about the Trust’s programs and initiatives, and how it helps deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the Basin, visit or call 1.800.505.8998.


Emily Gilmar Columbia Basin Trust 1.800.505.8998

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?