Unique Programs Designed Just For Your Community, Organization, and Landscape
From innovative bear-human coexistence plans to parks and protected areas management recommendations, I am ready to work with you and your community to address your unique conservation challenges. My previous projects have contributed to great successes, including bear-viewing guidelines in British Columbia, designation of the Castle Provincial Parks in Alberta, improved facility designs in Kananaskis Provincial Parks, and improved human-bear relationships in the Bow Valley in Alberta.
Get in touch to explore your conservation challenges and see how I can help you.
Integrating science and community perspectives to reduce conflict
I take a comprehensive, community-based approach to bear-hazard assessments aimed at reducing human-bear conflict risk.
To address human-bear coexistence in your community, I will design and implement this three phased program:
Assess - Conduct a bear-hazard assessment that identifies local area attractants. Work with local experts and community members to define problems and potential solutions to reduce conflict.
Innovate - Through public engagement and working with land managers, I will discuss the specific issues and potential issues broadly. Together, we will define innovative solutions that can make a difference, be supported by the local community, and reduce conflict risk.
Implement - I will work with your local government and stakeholders to best implement a human-bear coexistence program. This phase will detail long term budgeting and create a citizen-based monitoring program to ensure success.
I believe that bears and people can coexist if we implement collaboratively defined solutions that are evidence-based and empower residents to take action.
Maximizing Management Effectiveness
Parks and Protected Areas play an essential role in our society, both ecologically and socially. Are you challenged to balance recreation, economical sustainability, and ecological health? Let me help you to achieve maximum management effectiveness for our protected areas to ensure they function to protect ecological and recreational resources.
This work is highly specific to your park and your needs. These three programs can get your started, but call me to talk about the details.
Management Effectiveness - Protected Area Management Effectiveness (PAME) is a recognized process designed to assess if park management is meeting previously defined objectives. I will work with you and other experts in my network to assess how your park is doing and how it could be doing better.
Monitoring - Effective monitoring programs are essential in protected area management. I have designed and implemented park monitoring programs that fit within predefined budgets, are scientifically rigorous, and result in meaningful recommendations for management action.
Research - I take an interdisciplinary approach to protected areas research. Through user surveys, I gain an understanding in visitor expectations and satisfaction. I then combine survey results with wildlife data regarding behaviour and habitat use to define management recommendations. that improve ecological integrity and the visitor experience.
Working Together Towards Solutions
Working with the people who know the land and wildlife most intimately is essential, but it isn't easy. It can often be beneficial to work with an external consultant to ensure objectivity. I believe community members are foundational to development success. I am a certified IAP2 practitioner and will work with you to create a consultation plan that addresses your needs and those of the people you serve.
Public Engagement - I will work with you to create a meaningful public engagement plan that targets affected stakeholders and defines their needs. Using an array of engagement tools, I will craft and implement a plan tailored to your community and project. My efforts will help you understand your community and how they can contribute to your project's success.
Indigenous Consultation - Indigenous groups have a unique perspective to offer, which can improve development projects in many ways. I have experience working with the legal commitments for consultation that move us towards reconciliation, but think an effective Indigenous consultation program is much more. I will design an Indigenous consultation program that is respectful and effective. Together, we can improve relationships and address development needs.
Techincal and Grant Writing
Making Your Work Compeling
After having completed two graduate degress and presenting at countless conferences, I know how to take science to the masses. With years of experience in the non-profit sector, I am experienced in writing successful grant proposals. Let's work together to incease your capacity and improve communications.
Technical writing - I can work with you to communicate your data through figures and info graphics. Let me help write and format your final report so that it appeals to a wide array of audiences.
Grant writing - Let's work together to create compelling grant proposals that result in success. I'll help you develop an undeniable project justification and grant proposal that brings money in to fund your unique and amazing projects!