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 .
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 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
Winners | Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 Page 3 of some more of our favourite 2017 HCTF photo contest entries: A Grizzly Lunch - Craig Wardle This bear has found lunch in Glendale Cove, BC. © Craig Wardle Diane Lake - Ty Hanlon The contrast of autumn as evergreens and golden larches reflect in Diane Lake, British Columbia.. © Ty Hanlon Pileated Woodpecker at Work - Hui Sin Another great pileated woodpecker shot, this one captured on Galiano Island. Photographer Hui Sin writes: "The highlight of my visit to Galiano Island over the 150th Canada Day long weekend -- seeing this adult male Pileated Woodpecker hard at work during a beautiful July 3 evening!" © Hui Sin Alpine Meadow at Night - Jessica Relkoff Beautiful blooms backcountry camping in Manning Park, BC © Jessica Relkoff Thanks again to everyone who entered the 2017 photo contest! Want to hear about future contests? Please subscribe to our quarterly e-newsletter . Winners | Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3
Winners | Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 More of our favourite 2017 HCTF photo contest entries: Bald eagle drinking (above) and Eagle with Catch (below) - Stuart Sanders A previous HCTF photo contest participant, Stuart Sanders once again shows off his skills with these fantastic shots of bald eagles in Comox, BC © Stuart Sanders Sunset at Sheridan Lake - Ed LaBrie Ed Labrie sent us a series of postcard-perfect shots of the sun setting at Sheridan Lake , BC © Ed LaBrie Kokanee Lake Trail - Annemieke Watson Hikers make their way through fields of flowers at Kokanee Lake near Nelson, BC. © Annemieke Watson Winners | Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3