In the pursuit of its mandate, SLSS relies on a broad range of collaborative partner organizations, government and First Nations for the support and funding needed to conduct our research, sponsor conservation projects and deliver educational programs.
Our partnership network continues to expand over time and continues to play a critical role in the exchange of conservation knowledge and data amongst regional, provincial and national groups, agencies and organizations. For a list of conservation groups in our Kootenay network, see Conservation in the Central Kootenays.
Stewarding in the time of climate change and environmental uncertainty is a complex task. To be effective, today’s stewardship requires continual partner collaboration which facilitates an open exchange of scientific and ecological expertise. Only when those ideas, data and knowledge are integrated and conservation priorities understood across an environmental landscape will our stewardship goals be realized. For example, through our ongoing relationship with the Kootenay Conservation Program, Kootenay Lakes Partnership and the Slocan Wetlands Assessment and Monitoring Project, we share our collective ecosystem knowledge with the scientific community, government and stewardship organizations in our region. In turn these partners provide valuable information for the assessment and determination of conservation priorities.