The Kootenay Conservation Program offers a webinar series each year to facilitate the sharing of technical resources among partners and others so that local conservation activities consider the best available information and practices. The webinar series this year is hosted by the Kootenay Conservation Program and Columbia Basin Trust with support from the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program.
Webinar #4: Effectiveness Monitoring for Ecosystem Restoration Projects
At this workshop participants will learn how to develop effective monitoring programs for evaluating their ecosystem restoration projects.
DATE: Wednesday, February 23
TIME: 10 am-11 am PT / 11 am-12 pm MT
PRESENTATION 1: Effectiveness Monitoring: Why it’s important and how to do it
PRESENTER: Dr. Michael Miller, Plant Ecologist, LGL Limited
DESCRIPTION: In Part 1 of this webinar, participants will learn why it is important to conduct effectiveness monitoring, and about the different forms monitoring can take; how to set quantifiable goals and objectives when designing a project; and how to identify the environmental indicators that can be used for measuring objectives. We will consider long-term versus rapid assessment methods, with interesting case studies from the Kootenays. Participants will also be presented with strategies for data management that will support the reporting of results.
PRESENTATION 2: Effectiveness Monitoring at Big Ranch in the Elk Valley
PRESENTER: Marc Trudeau, Registered Forest Technician/Coordinator, Rocky Mountain Trench Natural Resources Society
DESCRIPTION: In Part 2 of this webinar, participants will learn how the Big Ranch Ecosystem Enhancement Project in the Elk Valley is applying a simple effectiveness monitoring framework. Steps they took at the project idea, grant application and delivery stages. As well as documentation and tracking for report delivery and long-term monitoring and maintenance.