The Kootenay region is world renowned for its scenic beauty and biological diversity. Forest, shrub, grassland and wetland ecosystems provide habitat for a wide variety of plant and animal species.
From the heights of the Rocky Mountain Range there are vantage points where you can overlook the entire expanse of the East Kootenay region of south-eastern British Columbia. The western horizon, viewed from these vantage points, is profiled by the Purcell Mountain range which is separated from the Rocky Mountains by an enormous valley known as the Rocky Mountain Trench. Two great rivers begin here; the Kootenay flowing south through dry grasslands, with signs of historic wildfires, and the Columbia flowing north through a series of long valley-bottom lakes and lush wetlands.
The geographic diversity of the Kootenay landscape along with wide variations in climate has created conditions and habitats that support rare plant life, productive aquatic systems, and abundant populations of elk, deer, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, mountain goat and moose. However, invasive species continue to be a threat to these wild areas. We appreciate your growing support in helping us minimize the effects of invasive species in our backyard.
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All invasive species (whether land or water-based) can have significant impacts to environmental, social and economic values of our region. In fact, after habitat loss, invasive species are considered to be the second greatest threat to global biological diversity.
Interested in learning about conservation ideas for your property? This toolkit is designed for stewardship practitioners, local government planners and other service providers as well as a one-stop shop for private landowners interested in stewardship options for their property.
The East Kootenay Invasive Species Council is a non-profit organization that builds partnerships and supports collaborative projects in natural and applied science, policy research, outreach and education to protect our forests, fields, gardens, waterways and cities from the damaging effects of invasive species.
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