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.
SLSS funds its baseline administration and operational costs through membership fees, donations and the occasional sale of promotional material. For all SLSS sponsored conservation projects, studies, initiatives and educational programs, the Board applies for grant funding on a case-by-case basis. Our project and educational funders, past and present are primarily from the following organizations:
Columbia Basin Trust
Kootenay Conservation Program
Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK)
Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program
Slocan Valley Legacy Fund
Hills Recreation Society
Slocan Integral Forestry Coop
Lane Haywood Legacy Fund
BC Lake Stewardship Society Umbrella Organization
Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society
Columbia Basin Watershed Network
Selkirk College – Recreation, Fish and Wildlife Program
Selkirk Link, Biodiversity Atlas Information about the region’s biodiversity.
Slocan Wetland Assessment and Monitoring Project – SWAMP