New Journals Page

New Journals Page
We’ve added a page to our website featuring some of the HCTF projects that have made their way into peer-reviewed journals. We know there are more out there, so if you are an HCTF proponent who has published the results of their project, please send us a link and we’ll add it to the list. Looking for more information about Foundation projects? The Ministry of Environment provides free public access to EcoCat , their Ecological Reports Catalogue. You can search for Foundation projects by entering “Habitat Conservation Trust” into the keywords field of the search page , and then selecting the “Search for Exact Phrase” option. Happy hunting!

Okanagan-Shuswap Schools Use HCTF Funding to Connect Students with the Outdoors

Okanagan-Shuswap Schools Use HCTF Funding to Connect Students with the Outdoors
Thanks to Alice Hucul of the North Okanagan-Shuswap District for sending us the following story about how local schools are planning to use their CEAF and PCAF grants to support hands-on environmental learning. This fall, four schools in the North Okanagan-Shuswap District were successful in earning grants from the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation. M.V. Beattie, South Broadview, Carlin Elementary Middle School and Eagle River Secondary School had their proposals approved for funding. M.V. Beattie's program received a Public Conservation Assistance Fund (PCAF) grant while the other three received funding from the Conservation Education Assistance Fund (CEAF). The grants are being used by the schools for different activities but have one common theme - all will help expand the classroom to include outdoor learning for students! At M.V. Beattie, the $3,200 PCAF grant is helping change a wet "problem area" on the school grounds into a replica of Shuswap River, and will become a place where students can study wetlands. Retired principal and outdoor activist Kim Fulton (aka Dr. Fish) has been helping M.V. Beattie with this project. He explains wetlands are one of the most threatened, undervalued, and misunderstood ecosystems in B.C. By re-creating a wetland system on the playground,...
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Build It and They Will Come

Build It and They Will Come
HCTF has received news that salmon have returned to MacKay Creek! Shown in the photo below, chum salmon were seen making their way up the creek to spawn. Previously, a large concrete weir prevented fish from accessing the upper estuary and creek during low tide. The weir was removed in September and replaced with a naturalized creek outlet as part of the site's restoration under the Burrard Inlet Restoration Pilot Program . Project leaders are hopeful that cutthroat and rainbow trout will also return to the creek in future years. You can read more about the improvements made at MacKay in our recent blog post .
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HCTF and The Land Conservancy of BC

HCTF and The Land Conservancy of BC
The following backgrounder summarizes HCTF's funding history with The Land Conservancy of BC (TLC), and the Foundation's current involvement in TLC's court process. View HCTF TLC Media Backgrounder

Reminder: HCTF Application Deadline This Saturday

Reminder: HCTF Application Deadline This Saturday
The deadline to apply for a 2014-15  Enhancement & Restoration  grant is this Saturday, November 2nd at 4:30pm . Applications must be submitted via  HCTF Online .  An HCTF staff member will be available this Saturday from 11am until 4:30pm to answer any last-minute questions about the application process: phone 250-940-9781 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for assistance.