Anyone who is involved with conservation, agriculture or wildlife in the Valley is familiar with the Zehnders. Originally from Switzerland, the parents Fritz and Vreni started ranching here many years ago. The four boys Mark, David, John and Chris have all worked on the ranch, they have also led initiatives to retain land for agriculture, rather than see it developed, which in turn is good for conservation. Currently they are involved in a number of projects to enhance the regions ecology, and were awarded the East Kootenay Conservation Program Award recognizing their contribution to conservation." string(6) "Leader" string(80) "https://www.wingsovertherockies.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/ZehnderEKCP-3.jpg"