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.