Columbia Basin Trust spending big on environmental initiatives

Over $1 million split up between 36 environmental projects

The Kootenay Community Bat Project is one of 36 projects receiving support through Columbia Basin Trust's Environmental Initiatives Program.

The Columbia Basin Trust will be providing over $1 million split up between 36 environmental projects through its Environmental Initiatives Program (EIP).

“These projects will have positive effects on the Basin environment through both direct action and education, helping reduce the impacts people have on our region’s aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems,” said Sabrina Curtis, CBT director in a press release.

Over the past 11 years, the program has provided over $5 million in funding for environmental conservation, restoration, stewardship and education projects across the Basin.

One of the projects receiving funds is the Kootenay Community Bat Project by Silverwing Ecological Consulting.

The project involves continuing community-based bat inventories, visiting landowners who have bats in their buildings, providing educational programs and promoting bat houses. It also involves engaging community members in collecting long-term monitoring data on bat populations at roost sites in buildings.

“The response to this project has been wonderful. We are so excited to be able to provide continued support to residents who have bats in buildings, while helping others to encourage bats to roost by building bat houses,” said project biologist Juliet Craig. “CBT has been critical to our success.”

The next large grants intake will take place in fall 2013. A small grants intake will be opening shortly; visit for details.

Here’s a list of projects approved for funding (Fall 2012 for 2013 implementation):



– British Columbia Conservation Foundation, Columbia Basin Electric Fence Project ($22,500)

– Rocky Mountain Trench Natural Resources Society, Quantifying Emissions Reductions for Ecosystem Restoration Projects in the Rocky Mountain Trench ($20,000)

– Seepanee Ecological Consulting, Abundance and Movement of Wolverine in the Kootenay Region ($49,180)

– Selkirk College, The Biodiversity Atlas: Education and Engagement ($25,000)

– Silverwing Ecological Consulting, Kootenay Community Bat Project: Citizen Science Roost Monitoring ($50,000)

– West Arm Outdoors Club, Kokanee Salmon School Program ($6,000)

– Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation of Canada, Whitebark Pine Restoration Planting ($34,500)

– Wildsight, Beyond Recycling ($50,000)

– Wildsight, I Love My Lake: Columbia Basin ($38,000)



– Groundswell Network Society, Applied Sustainable Living ($30,000)

– Lake Windermere Ambassadors Society, Lake Windermere Ambassadors Watershed Protection Dialogues ($15,000)

– Windermere District Farmers’ Institute, Ecological Services Initiatives: Phase 2 Pilot Expansion Within the Columbia Basin ($20,000)



– GreenLearning Canada, Redfish School of Change ($22,900)

– Jakob Dulisse Consulting, Assessment of Western Toad Mortality on Highway 6 at Summit Lake ($40,950)

– Revelstoke Caribou Rearing in the Wild, Improving Mountain Caribou Calf Survival Through Maternity Penning ($50,000)



– The British Columbia Wildlife Federation, Wetland Enhancement and Protection in the West Kootenay ($20,000)

– Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Committee (CKIPC), CKIPC Invasive Species Awareness Program ($49,950)

– City of Nelson, Waterfront Improvements – Selkirk College Field School 2013 ($9,998)

– Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology, New Ways to Use Technology in the Field ($9,000)

– Kootenay Native Plant Society, Camas Community Stewardship Initiative ($25,000)

– Kootenai Community Centre Society, New Life Furniture and Recycling’s (NLFR) RePurpose, ReUse and Recycle It Campaign ($26,640)

– Nelson CARES Society, Earth Matters Zero Waste Youth Group ($20,000)

– White Bark Consulting, Whitebark Pine Restoration in the Selkirk and Columbia Mountains ($40,850)

– West Kootenay EcoSociety, Friends of Kootenay Lake ($29,900)

– West Kootenay EcoSociety, Kokanee Visitor Centre ($10,000)



– Birchdale Ecological, Creston Valley Grizzly Bear Project ($22,000)

– Blue Lake Forest Education Society, Blue Lake Day Camp Program ($20,758)

– Elk River Alliance, Reporting to Residents on River Health ($30,000)

– Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, Our Wish for BC Fish 2013 ($49,136)

– I.M.A.G.E School Association, Bee Presentation in East Kootenay Parks ($4,275)

– Mainstreams Environmental Society, Deepening Field-based Water Education ($36,510)

– Rocky Mountain Trench Natural Resources Society, Blueprint for Action 2013 ($22,400)

– St. Mary’s Indian Band, Grassland Ecosystem Strategic Planning: Support Inventory Phase II ($40,000)

– Wildsight, Cranbrook Clean Bin Project ($15,000)

– Wildsight, EcoGarden EcoEducation ($40,000)

Just Posted

City of Castlegar treating weeds the next few weeks

City will be using organic product on sidewalks, traffic islands and parking lots.

17th Street closed intermittently today

Castlegar street will be closed for line painting

Summer reading fun at Castlegar library

Registration for second session in July 19.

Last stop: The inside story of Queen City Shuttle and Charters’ closure

Former employees open up about the Nelson company’s final days

Craft cannabis development planned for Castlegar

Plans are underway for one of the first craft cannabis industrial parks in the province.

Feds lowered poverty line, reducing the number of seniors in need: documents

Liberals introduced a poverty line that was below the prior low-income cutoff

B.C. woman wins record $2.1 million on casino slot machine

‘That night was so surreal … I wasn’t able to sleep or eat for the first two days,’ she said

West Kootenay U16 Rebels take home provincial gold

West Kootenay Rebels fastball team battle hard to win the BC U16C Fastball Championship

After B.C. dad’s death, Technical Safety BC wants changes to trampoline park rules

Jay Greenwood, 46, did ‘a series of acrobatic manoeuvres prior to a fall that caused serious injury and cardiac arrest’

$900M settlement reached in class action on sexual misconduct in Canadian military

After facing criticism, the government moved to begin settlement proceedings in early 2018

Tax take stays ahead of increased B.C. government spending

Tax revenue $2.1 billion higher than budget in 2018-19

Two toddler siblings found drowned on First Nation in Alberta

The siblings were found drowned on their family’s property, according to RCMP

Chiefs honour Indigenous leader wrongfully hanged in B.C. 154 years ago today

Chief Joe Alphonse says they want his remains returned to his homeland in B.C.’s Cariboo region

Rare white ravens spotted again on Vancouver Island

Nature photographer Mike Yip said mysterious birds back in Coombs area

Most Read