BC Interior community advisors

Central Interior north of 100 Mile House

Community advisor - Central Interior north of 100 Mile House




Mailing Address:
3690 Massey Drive
Prince George, BC
V2N 2S8

Photo of Guy Scharf

"Central Interior North stewardship groups and volunteers continue to develop their capacity to assume the role of stewards and to generate awareness of the fisheries resources within our communities. Thanks to the Fraser Salmon and Watershed Program, we have seen the formation of the Horsefly River Roundtable; the development of a unique partnership with the Baker Creek Enhancement Society to develop and deliver Social Marketing and Behavior Change workshops and focus groups; and increased financial support for many of our stewardship groups' projects. The Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society now delivers a ‘Water Wise' program that promotes the wise use of water across our community. The Scout Island Nature Centre continues to deliver nature education activities to young and old and has worked cooperatively with the Quesnel River Research Centre (UNBC) and area high schools to develop a mentoring program for young adults interested in natural resources.

Thanks go to the many folks who dedicate their time to protecting and enhancing the salmon resource – their efforts go a long way in maintaining our connection to the resource."

- Guy Scharf, CA

Community involvement groups

Bulkley-Nechako Regional District (BNRD)

Rory McKenzie
37 3rd Avenue, PO Box 820, Burns Lake V0J 1E0
250-692-3195 / 1-800-320-3339

Initiated in 2011, the BNRD has been involved in the Foreshore Inventory Mapping of Fraser Lake.

Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society (CCCS)

Vanessa Moberg
Unit 102-197 Second Ave. North, Williams Lake V2G 1Z5

Number of Members/Students - 60
Incorporated in 1996, the CCCS's goals are to promote land use and management decisions which enhance the stability, quality of life, and the economic viability of the community over the long term.

Cariboo Regional District (CRD)

Karen Moore
Suite D, 180 North 3rd Avenue, Williams Lake V2G 2A4

Initiated in 2011, the CRD has been involved in the Foreshore Inventory Mapping of Horsefly Lake and the West Arm of Quesnel Lake and other watershed protection projects.

Exploration Place

Tracy Calogheros
Box 1779, Prince George V2L 4V7

Number of Members/Students - 800 family memberships, 50 individual memberships, 40 senior/student memberships
Opening in 2001, this museum has many exhibits supporting public education and awareness of our world's resources including a display of Sara listed Nechako White Sturgeon.

Fraser Basin Council (Cariboo-Chilcotin and Upper Fraser)

Erin Robinson, Cariboo-Chilcotin
410 Kinchant Street, Quesnel V2G 1Z5

Kim Menounos, Upper Fraser
207-155 George Street, Prince George V2L 1P8

Established in 1997, the Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit society that brings people together to advance sustainability in the Fraser Basin and across British Columbia. FBC is a collaboration of four orders of government (federal, provincial, local and First Nations), along with those from the private sector and civil society.

Friends of Churn Creek Protected Area Society

Ordell Steen
Box 4144, Williams Lake V2G 2V2

Members/Students - 30 members
Formed in 2009, the society's principal goals are to increase public awareness, support research and to promote conservation and restoration of the natural ecosystems within the Churn Creek Protected Area.

Gavin Lake Forest Education Society

Mike Tudor
72 South 7th Avenue, Williams Lake V2G 4N5

Starting in 1996, the GLFES promotes public education and awareness programs and an understanding of the complexities of life in the forests around us.

Horsefly River Roundtable (HRT)

Steve Hocquard
PO Box 267, Horsefly V0L 1L0

Members/Students - 27
Incorporated in 2007, the HRT's mission is "to be a catalyst to achieve and maintain healthy Horsefly community watersheds, through coordinated management of all resources, respect for all concerns and cooperative, positive action."

Murray Creek Stream Revitalization Project and the Nechako Environmental and Water Stewardship Society

Wayne Salewski
PO Box 1983, Vanderhoof V0J 3A0

Members/Students - 10
Since its inception in 2009, this group is primarily involved in restoring and enhancing fish habitat, as well as promoting public education and awareness and building partnerships with the agricultural community.

Nechako Watershed Roundtable

Theresa Fresco
Fraser Basin Council 207-155 George Street, Prince George V2L 1P8

The Nechako Watershed Roundtable is 2015 collaborative initiative established to protect and improve the health of the Nechako watershed for future generations. The Roundtable (NWR) includes representation from BC First Nations, the Province of BC, local governments and other agencies and organizations having responsibilities and interests in the watershed.

Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative

Michelle Roberge
Nechako White Sturgeon Conservation Centre
PO Box 710, 3030 Burrard Avenue Vanderhoof V0J 3A2

Members/Students - 24 members on the community working group and 12 members on the technical working group.
Assembled in 2001, the group's long-term goal is to return the SARA listed Nechako White Sturgeon to a self-sustaining population. The group maintains partnerships with First Nation's communities and external parties.

Prince George Naturalists

Shanelle Marshall, President
PO Box 1092, Prince George, BC V2L 4V2

Number of Members/Students – 75
PGNC was incorporated as a society in British Columbia on February 11, 2014 and their goals are creating an interest in knowing, protecting and enhancing all aspects of the natural world: mammals, birds, wildflowers, fungi, forests, fish, geology, amphibians, reptiles, astronomy etc.

Recycling & Environmental Action Planning Society (REAPS)

Terri McClymont
PO Box 444, Prince George V2L 4S6

Established in 1989, Reaps has a mission to foster environmental stewardship and to promote public education and awareness programs in the Regional District of Fraser Fort George. They are involved in the Stream to Sea Program.

Regional District of Fraser-Fort George

Lara Beckett
155 George Street, Prince George V2L 1P8

The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George was incorporated on March 8, 1967 and promotes public education and awareness programs some of which involve salmon and their habitat.

Spruce City Wildlife Association (SCWA)

Dustin Snyder / Baylie Flanagan
1384 River Road, Prince George V2L 4S2

Members 100+
Chartered in 1970, SCWA fosters public education and awareness programs concerning fish, wildlife and their habitats. SCWA also operates a community hatchery out of their stewardship centre on the banks of the Nechako River.

Water Gratitude Society

Danielea Castell
741 Callanan St. Quesnel BC V2J 2V5

Members - 11
Foster water and salmon stewardship in schools and communities through creative water appreciation programs and tools. Organizes annual Rivers Day event called The Bank of Gratitude which is hosted in 9+ communities across BC and Alberta. Through music, meditation and art making community members express gratitude to their local river from the riverbank, hence the name. Community art and experiences showcased on website and social media.

University of Northern British Columbia's Quesnel River Research Centre

Michael Allchin
Box 28, Likely V0L 1N0

The UNBC's QRRC provides a setting for both land and aquatic based research and collaboration with community groups, First Nations, provincial, national and international universities, government agencies and industry. They also assist with the DFO Stream to Sea program.

Williams Lake field Naturalists (WLFN)/Scout Island Nature Center

Sue Hemphill
1305A Borland Rd., Williams Lake V2G 5K5

Members/Students - 206
Incorporated in 1977, the WLFN's principal focus has been to increase awareness and understanding of the world of nature in the Cariboo-Chilcotin providing education programs for schools as well as for adults. They are involved in the Stream to Sea and High School Mentoring Programs.

Education activity

Williams Lake School District

10 School Incubators
250 Students
10 Diessections

Tsilhqot’in Tribal Council Area Schools

3 School Incubators
150 Students
3 Dissections

Quesnel School District

9 School Incubators
225 Students
10 Dissections

Prince George School District

16 School Incubators
850 Students
16 Dissections

Nechako Lakes School District

6 School Incubators
250 Students
6 Dissections

Spruce City Wildlife Association (PG)

4 School Incubators
500 Students
2 Dissections

Central Interior, Boston Bar to 100 Mile House

Community advisor - Central Interior, Boston Bar to 100 Mile House




Mailing Address:
985 McGill Place
Kamloops, BC
V2C 6X6

Community involvement groups

Adams River Salmon Society

Blair Acton
Box 24034, Scotch Creek V0E 3L0

Number of Members/Students - 46
Initiated 1994. Partnerships with BC Parks and DFO to undertake public awareness & education programs for "Salute to Sockeye" on every dominate Adams River year. About 250,000 people attended the salute to Sockeye in 2010. Also undertake conservation and restoration of the natural and cultural resources of Roderick Haig-Brown Park.

BC Cattlemen's Association - Farmland-Riparian Interface Stewardship Program (FRISP)

Lee Hesketh
#4-10145 Dallas Drive, Kamloops V2C 6T4

Number of Members/Students - 1200
Initiated 2004. Programs to promote Agricultural Environmental Planning, Stewardship and Fish Habitat Restoration activities in the BC Interior.

BC Parks

1259 Dalhousie Drive, Kamloops, V2C 5Z5

Number of Members/Students - High public park use
Initiated 1994. Partnerships with Adams River Salmon Society and DFO to undertake public awareness "Salute to Sockeye" on every dominate Adams River year and interpretive trail system. Also undertake conservation and restoration of the natural and cultural resources of Roderick Haig-Brown Park.

Bonaparte River Watershed Society

Allen Midgley
3897 Hwy 97N, Cache Creek V0K1H1

Number of Members/Students - 17
Initiated 2002. Watershed planning, stewardship and fish habitat restoration activities (about 120 sites to date).

Canada - BC Environmental Farm Plan Coordinators

See list of EFP Advisors
Initiated 2003. Partnerships to promote Agricultural Environmental Planning, Stewardship and Fish Habitat Restoration activities in the BC Interior.

Central Okanagan Regional District

Alison Campbell Urness
2363A Springfield Rd, Kelowna V1X 7N7

Number of Members/Students - 225
Initiated 1996. Partnership with local government and 9 school districts to deliver Public Education Program - Stream to Sea and operate visitor center.

Columbia Shuswap Regional District

Marcin Pachcinski
PO Box 978, 781 Marine Park Dr NE, Salmon Arm V1E 4P1

Initiated 2008. Foreshore Inventory, Mapping and Shoreline Management Guidelines Development for the Shuswap Lakes Participation in the Shuswap Lake integrated Planning Process (SLIPP).

Fraser Basin Council

Mike Simpson
#200A -1383, McGill Rd., Kamloops V2C 6K7

Initiated 2005. Partnership to annually host the BCI Stewardship workshop and public education and awareness programs. Key supporter of the Shuswap Lake integrated Planning Process (SLIPP).

Kamloops/Thompson School District #73

Joanne Nicklas
Bert Edwards Science and Technology School
711 Windsor Ave., Kamloops V2B 2B7

Initiated 1980. Delivery of public education program "Stream to Sea" in 35 schools.

Kingfisher Interpretive Centre Society

Neil Brookes
2550 Mabel Lake Road, Enderby V0E 1V5

Students - 2250
Initiated 1980. Partnership between local community members forming interpretive society and 3 school districts (45 Schools) to deliver Public Education Program - Stream to Sea, Aquatic invasive Education, environmental awareness programs, supporting fish habitat restoration and operation of community hatchery.

Lower Shuswap Stewardship Society

Jean Clark
16 Kingfisher Road, Enderby V0E 1V5

Members - 150+
Initiated 2009. Community-based stewardship group advocating for change that promotes the protection and preservation of the Lower Shuswap River and Mabel Lake. Watershed planning activities associated with the Shuswap Watershed Sustainability Plan, water quality monitoring and restoration of Lower Shuswap River fish habitat.

Regional District of North Okanagan

Anna Page
9848 Aberdeen Road, Coldstream V1B 2K9

Initiated 2009. Foreshore Inventory, Mapping and Aquatic Habitat Index for Lower Shuswap River and Mabel Lake as well as leading the Shuswap Watershed Sustainability Plan.

Salmon Arm Fish & Game Club

PO Box 1864, Salmon Arm V1E 4P4

Initiated 1946. Restoring and enhancing fish habitat.

Salmon Arm Golf Course

Val Janzen
3641 Hwy 97B South, PO BOX 1525, Salmon Arm V1E 4P6

Initiated 2010. Public education and awareness of impacts to Canoe Creek.

Salmon River Watershed Roundtable

Jamie Felhauer
Box 3097, Salmon Arm V1E 4R8

Members - 150+
Initiated 1993. Watershed planning, stewardship and fish restoration activities.

Shuswap Lake Integrated Planning Process

Erin Vieira
200A - 1383 McGill Rd, Kamloops V2C 6K9

Initiated 2007. Partnership to bring together communities, First Nations, and public agencies to together sustain the health and prosperity of Shuswap and Mara Lakes. Public education and awareness programs as well as restoring fish habitat.

Simpcw Indian Band

Tina Donald
Box 220, Barriere V0E 1E0

Initiated 1984. Stock assessment hatchery on Dunn Creek and partnerships for public awareness and education programs. Initiating mapping inventory and fish habitat restoration in North Thompson area.

Skeetchestn Indian Band

Don Ignace
Box 178, Savona V0K 2J0
Kamloops, V2C 6K9

Initiated 1984. Deadman River watershed mapping, inventory, habitat restoration, public education and awareness and salmon stock assessment.

Switzmalph Cultural Society

Bonnie Thomas
3281- 1st Ave. SW, Salmon Arm V1E 2Y9

Initiated 2011. Partnership to develop native plant nursery, interpretive center, restoration and enhancement of fish habitat on Salmon River Delta.

Thompson Nicola Regional District

Regina Sadilkova
300 - 465 Victoria St., Kamloops V2C 2A9

Initiated 2011. Foreshore Habitat Inventory, Mapping and development of shoreline management guidelines for Nicola Lake.

Whitevalley Community resource Centre

Tom Minor
2114 Shuswap Ave., PO Box 661 Lumby
e. info@whitevalley.ca

Initiated 1996. Partnerships to undertake watershed planning, stewardship and fish habitat restoration activities.