FoKLSS Annual Kootenay Lake Summit Coming this May!

FoKLSS Annual Kootenay Lake Summit Coming this May!

This year’s Kootenay Lake Summit will bring you an evening of learning, connection, and meaningful discussions around land use impacts to Kootenay Lake. After two years of cancelling this event and hosting it online, Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society is excited to bring the Kootenay Lake community together again!

This event will feature guest speakers, a dinner, and a community discussion for you to voice your concerns and help shape FoKLSS stewardship and education projects for 2024 and 2025.

There will be a silent auction including awesome prizes from Whitewater Ski Resort, Prestige Lakeside Resort, and more!

All proceeds from this event will go directly to supporting important stewardship and education projects on Kootenay Lake including watershed and wildlife monitoring, shoreline cleanups, education, and more.

More information will follow. 

Draft Agenda:

4:00pm Doors open (mingle and gathering)

4:30pm Opening remarks & welcome (FoKLSS Chair- Martin Carver), intro to speakers (FoKLSS Staff- Gwen Dell’Anno)

4:35pm Herb Hammond- Seeing the Lake through the Forest: Critical Connections

5:05pm Corey Scott-Untangling shoreline regulations: Responding to riparian habitat loss along Kootenay Lake

5:30pm Guest speaker TBD

6:00pm Dinner and mingle

7:00pm Community break out session

8:20pm Closing remarks + silent auction

8:30pm End



Guest Speakers:

Seeing the Lake through the Forest: Critical Connections


Herb is a forest ecologist and retired Registered Professional Forester with 40 years of experience in research, industry, teaching and consulting. He is best known for his concept and application of nature-directed stewardship, which he formerly referred to as ecosystem-based conservation planning. Hammond defines nature-directed stewardship as the protection and ecologically responsible use of ecosystems through all scales of time and space. Working primarily with Indigenous Nations and other rural communities, Hammond has developed more than 25 ecosystem-based conservation plans across Canada and in other parts of the world. Hammond holds a Bachelor of Science in forest science from Oregon State University and a Masters of Forestry in forest ecology and silviculture from the University of Washington.




Untangling shoreline regulations: Responding to riparian habitat loss along Kootenay Lake


Corey Scott is a planner at the RDCK currently working on long range planning projects. His main focus is strengthening environmental stewardship through local government policy. Over the past three years, he has been researching and developing policy that addresses wildfire resilience and riparian area protection. In his spare time, you can find him outside and appreciating the nature that he cares so much about. He loves to snowboard, mountain bike, backpack, and practice yoga. He holds a bachelor’s degree in geography and a master’s degree in planning and his professional interest is centered around how to effectively manage growth and lessen human impacts on the natural environment.




More guest speakers coming soon!