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Posted: March 7, 2017

RDEK Local Conservation Program awarded

The Regional District of East Kootenay’s (RDEK) Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund has been named as a recipient of a 2017 peer nominated award from the Species and Ecosystems at Risk (SEAR) Local Government Working Group.

The award went to local governments that have demonstrated exemplary work on a species and ecosystems at risk related initiative and the RDEK was one of six B.C. local governments to receive the recognition.

“The Columbia Valley Conservation Fund has provided funding to a number of important on-the-ground programs over the years,” said RDEK Columbia Valley Services Committee Chair Ute Juras. “While the RDEK and Columbia Valley Directors received the award, it is shared with the Technical Advisory Committee, Kootenay Conservation Fund, which administers the program on our behalf, and the people and organizations who are using the funds provided by the program to help protect and enhance the valley.”

The awards were announced by Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps during the recent SEAR Local Government Working Group Symposium, which was attended by over 160 participants from municipal, regional and provincial governments.

Pictured above: The RDEK Columbia Valley Directors with their 2017 Species and Ecosystems at Risk (SEAR) Local Government Working Group award. The award was presented to the RDEK for demonstrating exemplary work through its Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund. From left: Ute Juras, Village of Canal Flats Mayor; Gerry Taft, District of Invermere Mayor; Clara Reinhardt, Village of Radium Hot Springs Mayor; Gerry Wilkie, Electoral Area G Director; Wendy Booth, Electoral Area F Director. Photos courtesy RDEK

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