Revelstoke Caribou Rearing in the Wild (RCRW) is a community-based partnership committed to the recovery of mountain caribou in the Revelstoke area through implementation of a maternity penning project. The partnership consists of a wide diversity of individuals and organizations.
Jody Lownds LL.B.
President (2015-, Secretary 2014-2015)
North Columbia Environmental Society, www.northcolumbia.org
Jody obtained her B.A. (Criminology and Criminal Justice) from Carleton in 2003 and her LL.B. from the University of Ottawa in 2006. She worked for Friends of the Earth Canada as their Environmental Justice Campaigner from 2007 until 2009. After moving from Ottawa to Revelstoke in October 2008 and seeing an opportunity for a new law practice in town, she decided to open up her own practice and did so after being called to the British Columbia Bar in October 2009. Jody has been on the Board of Directors for the North Columbia Environmental Society as the Treasurer since 2010 and as the Vice-President since 2013. Jody is an avid skier in the winter and whitewater kayaker and trail runner in the summer.
Marnie Graf, MSc, RPBio
Mica Heliskiing, www.micaheli.com
Marnie completed a BSc (Environmental Science) in 2005 as well as an MSc (Biology) in 2009, both through the University of Northern British Columbia, and is now registered as a Professional Biologist in British Columbia. Marnie is currently working with Mica Heli Guides Ltd. as their reservations and logistics coordinator, and also contributes to their biology-related decision-making. Marnie is thrilled with how the community of Revelstoke, local organizations and industry, First Nations, and individuals have been working together towards a shared commitment to mountain caribou recovery in the Revelstoke area and she is very excited to be part of the RCRW Society.
Jennifer Greenwood, MSc, RPBio
Secretary (2016 –
Jen moved to Revelstoke upon completing her MSc, and has developed a strong connection with its people and the North Columbia landscape. She is currently working towards her PhD from UBC, testing hypotheses about how organism’s evolutionary strategies for reproduction and survival vary along elevational gradients. She also does ecological monitoring with Parks Canada on a seasonal basis. Jen’s goal is to use her background to conserve species, habitat, and ecological processes in whatever capacity she is able.
Kevin Bollefer, RPF
Revelstoke Community Forestry Corporation, www.rcfc.ca
Kevin Bollefer moved to Revelstoke in 1997 after completing his BSc in Biology and Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. He became interested in forestry in the area and obtained his Registered Professional Forester (RPF) status through the Association of BC Forest Professionals in 2002. Since then, he had worked in various aspects of forestry and biology. He is currently the Operations Forester for the Revelstoke Community Forest Corporation.
Revelstoke Snowmobile Club
Daniel Kellie moved to Revelstoke in April 2013, and has been on the Board of the Revelstoke Snowmobile Club since April 2014, as President, as well as President of the British Columbia Commercial Snowmobile Operators Association. He also owns Great Canadian Snowmobile Tours in Revelstoke, as well as Glacier House Resort, and has been an active member in the community through Rotary, Revelstoke Tourism and Infrastructure Committee as well as the Revelstoke Tourism Advisory Committee. Daniel is committed to collaboration, cooperation and communication amongst the community and shares the commitment to the mountain caribou recovery in Revelstoke.
Robyn Laubman, RPBio
Robyn is a Registered Professional Biologist with a diverse background in natural resources management. Her involvement in fish and wildlife projects spans over 10 years and includes various biological field research, species at risk surveys, fish population surveys, fish habitat assessments and fish and wildlife habitat restoration. As the senior biologist for Yucwmenlucwu, Robyn is responsible for managing project and providing general guidance in the fields of biology and natural resource management. Founded on her experience and passion for the conservation of ecological systems and biodiversity, Robyn’s strength is to disseminate and present technical information to a broad range of targeted audiences. Her role at Yucwmenlucwu draws on this strength to support environmental stewardship and natural resource management initiatives. Mentorship of Splatsin technicians and other members of the Caretakers of the Land environmental team is also a key role and strength. Splatsin is the southernmost tribe of the Shuswap Nation.
Bill Beard, RPF
Executive Director – Finance
Bill Beard completed his BSc in Forestry from the University of British Columbia in 1982 and then obtained his Registered Professional Forester status with the Association of BC Professional Foresters in 1984. He moved to Revelstoke in 1985 and worked in many different disciplines of forestry with the BC Forest Service. In 2010, he moved to Whitehorse Yukon and worked for the Forest Management Branch before retiring back to Revelstoke in 2014. He took on the role of Executive Director of the Revelstoke Caribou Rearing in the Wild Society in October 2016 and has enjoyed working with all the Directors, Staff, Volunteers and Partners of the project. He is thrilled to be back working on the North Columbia landscape.
Ryan Gill, RPBio
Executive Director – Wildlife
Ryan Gill is a registered professional biologist with a broad background in wildlife studies and spatial analysis. He has worked in the Columbia mountains for the past 15 years, and for the past nine years has been closely involved in the WLR projects in the Arrow Lakes, Kinbasket and Williston reservoirs studying how birds are affected by hydroelectric reservoir operations. In addition to working with avian species, he has been involved in caribou, moose and wolf projects in Revelstoke, and throughout the province.
Corey Bird, RPBio
Executive Director – Wildlife
Corey is a Registered Professional Biologist with a wide range of experience conducting mammalian and bird research, inventory, and conservation projects throughout southern British Columbia. His experience in the natural resource and wildlife industries has spanned more than 16 years with projects focusing on cougar and wolf ecology and predation, caribou, moose, wolverine, and deer population monitoring and research, as well as numerous avian and wetland ecology inventory, research, and conservation projects. As a wildlife biologist for Yucwmenlúcwu, Corey is responsible for project management, providing expert review of project referrals, and leadership in developing and partnering in future conservation initiatives.
Former Board Members
North Columbia Environmental Society
Virginia Thompson has been the Chair of the North Columbia Environmental Society’s Mountain Caribou Committee for six years. She worked with the Mountain Caribou Project to try to ensure the Mountain Caribou Recovery Plan of 2007 would in fact recover caribou to sustainable levels. Now she continues to work with all stakeholders to try to ensure caribou recover in the Revelstoke area. This includes supporting the Revelstoke Caribou Rearing in the Wild project. Virginia obtained her doctorate in Adult Education from the University of Toronto, specializing in ecopsychology and environmental philosophy. She has worked in the environmental movement since the late 1980ss, and has lived in Revelstoke since 2006.
Secretary (Board President (2014-2015)
Kelsey made Revelstoke home in 2003 after graduating from Simon Fraser University with a BSc in Ecology in 2000. She has been involved in wildlife research since 2000, primarily as a wildlife technician for the Columbia Mountains Caribou Research Project and as a Human-Wildlife Conflict Specialist/Biologist with Parks Canada. Her interest in caribou rearing in the wild started with a site visit to the first project of this kind in the Yukon in 2005. She is thrilled to see the community of Revelstoke engage in this tangible conservation project.
Province of BC – Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Cory Legebokow graduated from BCIT in 1984 with double Technical Diplomas in Forest Resources Management and Fish, Wildlife and Recreation Resources. He has been a Habitat Officer with the Province of BC in Revelstoke for over 18 years. Cory has a long history with mountain caribou recovery, primarily focusing on the implementation of recovery measures amongst all land use sectors. Over his 30-year career, Cory has worked at research facilities, fish hatcheries, managed a toxicological analysis lab, and managed several large habitat restoration projects and their staff, in addition to being a certified Haz Mat Spill Responder. Cory calls the Revelstoke Caribou Rearing in the Wild Society’s project the highlight of his career in environmental management.
Stuart Lee (Splatsin)
Ian Thomm (Helicat Canada)
Revelstoke Snowmobile Society, www.sledrevelstoke.com/snowmobile-revelstoke/
Sarah Boyle, MSc
Director (2012-2013), Parks Canada Liaison to Board (2014-
Conservation Biologist, Parks Canada
Gary Van Os
Revelstoke Snowmobile Club, www.revelstokesnowmobileclub.com
Many thanks to our dedicated volunteers! They have collectively invested hundreds of hours to pick food for caribou (lichen), build the pen, organize events and help with project management.
We are currently in consultation with five First Nations.
The RCRW’s maternity penning proposal has letters of support from:
- City of Revelstoke
- Revelstoke Rod and Gun Club
- Revelstoke Snowmobile Club
- North Columbia Environmental Society
- Canadian Mountain Holidays
- Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing
- K3 Catskiing
- Mica Heliguides
- Mustang Powder
- Eagle Pass Heliskiing
- Revelstoke Community Forest Corporation
- Louisiana Pacific
- Stella Jones
- Province of BC
- Revelstoke Rotary Club
- Beaumont Timber
- Ktunaxa Nation
- Downie Timber
- Splatsin First Nation
- Parks Canada
- Helicat Canada