Columbia Basin Trust

In the Columbia Basin, there's no denying the presence of exceptional campsites and recreational trail networks, which are among the best in the province, if not the entire country. But what's the secret behind their upkeep and management? It's not by chance. The recreation crews formed through a partnership between Columbia Basin Trust and Recreation Sites and Trails BC are one of several such entities making a difference in the region.

At dawn’s first light, a rooster crows from high on a fence post at Brodey Bolen’s ranch, announcing the arrival of a new day and awakening the rural community of Jaffray, BC. Cows join in, their mooing reverberating across the calm pastures: a sound Bolen has heard all his life as a third-generation rancher.

“I’ve loved cows for as long as I can remember,” he says. “As a kid, I didn’t play much with monster trucks or anything like that. I had farm animals and barns. My mom would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, and I said wholeheartedly ‘a rancher!’”

(Columbia Basin) – Wildfires can sweep in at any moment. To make sure that they’re prepared, small, rural communities and First Nations around the Columbia Basin are taking steps like completing planning assessments related to wildfire resiliency, purchasing wildfire prevention and protection equipment and training their firefighters. Currently, 43 such projects are receiving support from Columbia Basin Trust.

(Columbia Basin) – Making changes to ecosystems in the Columbia Basin takes time, which is why four organizations are undertaking long-term projects to create significant, positive impacts. These projects are being supported by Columbia Basin Trust.

(Columbia Basin) – In its aim to support people and communities in the Columbia Basin, Columbia Basin Trust is celebrating the release of its new Columbia Basin Management Plan 2024–2034. The overall focus is on health and resilience, with the intention for the plan to guide the Trust’s activities over the coming decade.

The Columbia Basin benefits from the wide range of food that is grown right in the region. Now, 26 farms are strengthening their abilities to adapt to and be more resilient to the impacts of climate change with support from Columbia Basin Trust.

From educating residents on how to lower the risk of wildfire, to reducing the amount of vegetation that could fuel a fire, there are many ways a community can act to keep the threat of wildfire at bay. Now, 10 communities in the Columbia Basin are undertaking such projects with support of nearly $1.8 million provided through a partnership between the Province of British Columbia and Columbia Basin Trust. 

People in the Columbia Basin rely on their communities for many reasons, including being able to turn to them for protection during disasters. To boost this ability, 13 projects supported by Columbia Basin Trust aim to help communities be prepared during situations like floods, wildfires or sustained power outages.

“Food is a fundamental part of our human experience,” says Cyra Yunkws, which is why this Village of Warfield Councillor and Chair of the Warfield Food Advisory Committee is helping to increase food production and sharing in her village. And she’s not the only one. With food vital to existence, Columbia Basin residents have expressed that this food should also be wholesome, nutritious and—ideally—locally grown.

Katherine Russell’s bright, whimsical glass art can be found in galleries across Western Canada—and the internet. Her art features glass pieces turned like honey on a spoon at temperatures up to 1,100°C.