One Month to Go til Go Grant Deadline

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Teachers - it's time to start planning spring field trips to get your students outside, learning in nature. HCTF can help with GO Grants . BC educators can apply for up to $600/class or $3500/school to pay for bus transportation, project materials, and leader/program fees for outdoor environmental learning experiences. Applications are due on February 15, 2018 for field trips taking place April 1st to June 30th, 2018.  Full grant criteria and a link to our online application system is available here . For more information, contact HCTF Education at 250-940-9786 or email   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    

Tunkwa Lake Watershed Project by Brian Chan

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There are a lot of great fishing lakes located in the Southern Interior region of BC. Ideal water chemistry, long, hot growing seasons and managed populations of stocked rainbow, brook trout and kokanee provide a diversity of angling experiences. A quick look at a map of the Merritt, Logan Lake and Kamloops area will reveal just how many small lake fisheries are waiting to be fished. One of the most popular groups of stillwaters is those found within the Tunkwa Lake watershed. They include Tunkwa, Leighton, Morgan and Six Mile lakes. Each year over 30,000 angler days are spent plying these waters in search of rainbow trout. Recreational fishing within this watershed has been a popular pastime for over 70 years. Tunkwa Lake Resort has been in operation for over the past 40 years and in 1996 Tunkwa and Leighton lakes were the cornerstones of the newly created Tunkwa Lake Provincial Park. The development of the recreational fisheries within the Tunkwa watershed was in large part the result of creek diversions and construction of dams on key lakes in an effort to store and supply water for downstream agricultural purposes. Some of the original irrigation works done by pioneering ranching...
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Local Conservation Funds in British Columbia

An updated version of "Local Conservation Funds in British Columbia" has been published an is available here .  The guide outlines key steps for local governments and NGOs looking to establish a dedicated source of funding for conservation in their communities. It includes case studies of regional districts that have been successful in establishing local conservation funds, including the Regional District of East Kootenay, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, and the Regional District of Central Okanagan. HCTF is proud to support the creation of this guide through grants to the South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program . 

Irene Teske BC’s Wildlife Officer of the Year

HCTF project leader Irene Teske was recently awarded the Wildlife Officer of the Year award by the Province of BC.  Irene works for the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and has been an HCTF grant recipient stretching all the way back to 2001 when she was assessing fisher reintroductions in the East Kootenays. Since then, Irene has worked on a variety of HCTF projects, including inventorying mountain goats and conserving bighorn sheep winter range. Congratulations Irene on this well-deserved award!   Irene Teske presenting the results of HCTF project 4-517,  East Kootenay Mountain Goat Population Assessment at the 2015 BCWF AGM in Fernie. 

Happy Holidays

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Happy holidays from all of us at the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation! One of the best parts of the holiday season is the opportunity to give thanks to everyone who has worked so hard and contributed so much to conservation in BC. To our proponents, partners, project volunteers, contributors, Board members, environmental educators and everyone striving to do their part to ensure a bright future for BC's fish and wildlife, we wish you all the very best of the season and look forward to continuing to work together in 2018.      HCTF Holiday Hours: Monday, December 25th: Closed Tuesday, December 26th: Closed Wednesday, December 27th: Open 8:30am- 4:30pm Thursday, December 28th: Open 8:30am- 4:30pm Friday, December 29th: Open 8:30am- 4:30pm Monday, January 1st: Closed Tuesday, January 2nd: Regular Business Hours Resume