At the Chilcotin Ark Institute, we know the importance of collaboration in conservation. That’s why we work with and support a number of partners who all operate in the Chilcotin Ark. You can find out more about each of them here:
Our conservation trips are facilitated by our partner, Chilcotin Holidays. Trips with Chilcotin Holidays are more than a vacation. Each wilderness experience is a vehicle to facilitate their guests’ connection with nature, stewardship of the wilderness and personal empowerment. Wilderness experience conservation trips can be horse or hike based. Other trips include fishing, winter adventures and hands-on training programs that prioritize nature connection, conservation and personal development.
Wilderness Training Academy
We partner with the Wilderness Training Academy to offer a wide variety of online courses and training programs to students who want to invest in their personal development, learn new ways to connect with nature and become an empowered conservation steward. The Wilderness Training Academy currently offers two programs that have a specific focus on conservation, created in partnership with the Chilcotin Ark Institute. They are the Conservation and Stewardship mini-course and the Wilderness Steward Training Program.
Trails to Empowerment
The Chilcotin Ark Institute is part of the Trails to Empowerment community. Trails to Empowerment is the physical and online community behind our Three Pillars of Nature Connection, Nature Conservation and Personal Development. Their website shares this philosophy with community partners, the public and potential guests, students and interns through the media of blogs, podcasts and videos. They also offer transformational wilderness internships, facilitated by Chilcotin Holidays and the Chilcotin Ark Institute.
Bridge River Valley Accommodation
Bridge River Valley Accommodation is the host for our research facilities. Researchers, interns, volunteers and guests all benefit from this accommodation. Whether they stay at our ranch based research station or one of our 25 wilderness research base camps, they will experience a true connection to nature, play their part in conservation and enjoy personal development experiences along the way.
Woodlot 366 and Community Mill
We partner with Woodlot 366 and Community Mill for forest management of their small scale woodlot. Woodlot 366 is managed for wildlife habitat, carbon storage and the production of value added products milled onsite using Community Mill’s sawmill. Selective logging and horse logging is used to reduce the impact of logging. Only 1% of the tree volume is harvested annually which allows 99% of the forest to continue storing and sequestering carbon. This makes the forest carbon negative, which can be used by carbon positive companies to reduce their environmental impact in the form of carbon offset credits. Milling long-lasting, high-quality value added products onsite eliminates long travel times to mills.
We support Go Wild’s initiative to address misunderstandings between hunts and non-hunters. Go Wild focuses on the conservation and stewardship role many hunters take on and the experiences people can have in the wilderness. Go Wild works to create cooperation between hunters and non-hunters who all want the same thing – conservation and stewardship of the wilderness and nature we all benefit from.
Our partner, the Stewardship Foundation, promotes sustainable natural resource use through Evergreen Stewardship Plans from the Chilcotin Ark. These plans are created from government-created or government-supported data. These Evergreen Stewardship Plans are used to set the direction for ongoing management of the Chilcotin Ark so that the area can continue to be a biodiversity hotspot and sanctuary for wildlife into perpetuity.