Monthly Archives: September 2013

Forum on Building Resilience to Global Climate Change in the Boundary

As part of the Kettle River Watershed Management Plan the RDKB held a public forum Sept. 26, 2013 at the Christina Lake Town Hall. It was the Flood, Fire & Famine: Forum on Building Resilience to Global Climate Change in the Boundary.

During the event we broadcast it live to the web. Recordings of that are available on the web, and below in this article, for your viewing edification. The viewing window below is actually a ‘playlist’ on YouTube with 3 videos. the first two were broadcast live and saved for later viewing. The last was recorded and later uploaded to YouTube.

This was live at 6:30PM.

  1. The initial video is a welcome by Area ‘C’ Director Grace McGregor.
    After that a dinner was served.
  2. While that was being enjoyed the keynote presentation was given. ‘What is climate change and how will it affect life in southern BC?’ – presented by Greg Utzig
    That was followed by four shorter presentations (lenses) for climate resilience in the Boundary.
    And after these there was a small Question and Answer session.
    These you will find in the second video.
  3. Then the audience was asked to self assemble into groups to discuss topics that were of interest or concern to them. During these discussions the groups were listing the ‘FOR’ factors: those things that promote the central concept; and the ‘AGAINST’ factors: those things that mitigate against the concept and it’s implementation. Then they were to assign scores to each item in the For and Against columns and give a short synopsis at the end.

Biographical info on the speakers from the handout:

Grace McGregor
Born and raised at Christina Lake, Grace and her husband Ronald raised their family at the Lake and have owned and operated businesses there for a number of years. Grace has been Regional District Director for Christina Lake for the last eight years and is currently Vice Chair of the RDKB and Chair of the Kettle River Watershed Management Plan, in addition to leading many other committees and bringing numerous initiatives to increase year-round sustainability to Christina Lake.

Greg Utzig
Greg is a conservation ecologist and land use planning consultant based in Nelson, British Columbia. He has over 35 years experience in environmental impact assessment, watershed analysis, terrain and vegetation mapping, habitat inventory and modeling, and a wide range of activities related to forest management and biodiversity protection. Whenever he can avoid his computer, he spends his time on Kootenay Lake or in the surrounding mountains.

Graham Watt
Graham is Coordinator for the Kettle River Watershed Management Plan with the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary. His education was in geography and landscape ecology, and he has researched landscape change and watershed systems the Prairies to the Rocky Mountains. He is passionate about being in and learning about the ecosystems and landscapes of southern BC and last year settled in Grand Forks after several years in Alberta.

Roly Russell
Born and raised in Grand Forks, Roly earned his phD at Oregon State University and worked at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. Returning to Grand Forks to raise his own family, Roly is currently a researcher with the Sandhill Institute, a farmer, Area ‘D’ Regional District Director, and a director on the Grand Forks and District Credit Union, in addition to being involved in local agriculture-related initiatives.

Ryan Durand
Ryan Durand is a vegetation ecologist and owner of Durand Ecological. He works on vegetation inventory, mapping and classification projects throughout western Canada and the arctic. Ryan is a Registered Professional Biologist and has degrees in Environmental Science and Environmental Planning. He grew up in Christina Lake and now lives in the west Kootenays.

Sandy Mark
Sandy came to settle here 1.5 years ago after several years visiting the area. Her career focuses on community economic development. Along with her partner Frank Moreland, they operate through Edible Strategies doing work in food system relocalization. Highlights include organizing the Small Scale Food Processor Association, national and provincial food policy development, community based research and food value chain development.
Sandy wrote courses and taught community development, community economic development, cooperative development and economics for social justice at UVic. She is currently Community Coordinator for Christina Lake.