Kootenai Valley Resource Initiative

Linda McFaddan, Alternate Board Member, KVRI

Reprsenting one of the Board Members of the Kootenai Valley Resource Initiative (KVRI), Linda McFaddan, U.S. Forest Service -- Idaho Panhandle National Forest,  presented an overview of this Initiative.  The mission of the KVRI is to act as a locally based effort "to improve coordination of programs that can effectively maintain, enhance, and restore the social, cultural, and natural resouce bases in the community."

The KVRI was formed in October 2001 under a Joint Powers Agreement between the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, the City of Bonners Ferry, and Boundary County.  Its membership and partners comprises the broad diversity of our community.  With an eight member board, 8 areas of focus are represented: Landowner (Industrial), Business/Industry, Conservationist/Environmentalist, Soil Conservation District/Ag Landowner, Corporate Agriculture/Landowner, U.S. Forest Service -- Idaho Panhandle National Forest, Idaho Fish & Game, and Social/Cultural/Historical. 

Together with the Community Forum involved in the Initiative, six committees comprise the essential work of the KVRI.  These committees include: Wildlife-Auto Collision (i.e., ways to reduce wildlife conflicts with first focus on McArthur Lake area),, Wetland/Riprian Conservation Strategy, Grizzly Bear Conservation, Forestry, Burbot Recovery, and Total Maximum Daily Load (i.e., a calculation of the maximum amount of a pollutant that a water body can receive from human-caused sources and still meet water quality standards.). 

Linda mentioned that KVRI meeting are held the 3rd Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m.  Anyone and everyone is invited to attend to work together to develp a dcommunity approach for addressing resourece issues and playing an active role in managing resoureces to maintain a healthy ecosystem and rural community.