Regional Overview

The Kootenay-Boundary region is located in south-eastern British Columbia. It is situated between the Rocky Mountains to the east, the United States to the south and the Thompson-Okanagan region to the north and west. 

The Kootenay-Boundary region encompasses four major mountain ranges—the Rockies, Purcells, Selkirks, and Monashees. Mountain valleys, lakes and rivers bisect the mountain ranges in the region. Major rivers that flow through the region include the Kootenay River and Columbia River. The Columbia Wetlands are located in the Rocky Mountain Trench and are recognized as a RAMSAR site, wetlands of international importance and support high biodiversity in the region.

Activities and Trends

Coal mining and forestry are currently and have historically been the most predominant industries in the region. In recent years, tourism, residential development, transportation and recreational activities have been increasing within the region.

Work Underway

The Elk Valley Cumulative Effects Management Framework (EV-CEMF) project is currently the primary cumulative effects project in the Kootenay-Boundary region. Cumulative effects assessment has been completed for the following four initial priority valued components:

  1. Aquatic Ecosystems (Riparian Habitat and Westslope Cutthroat Trout)
  2. Old and Mature Forest
  3. Grizzly Bear
  4. Bighorn Sheep

For more information, visit the Elk Valley Cumulative Effects Management Framework webpage.