HCTF Board Member Receives Aldo Leopold Memorial Award

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We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Winifred Kessler was named the recipient of the prestigious Aldo Leopold Memorial Award at The Willdife Society ’s Annual Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The award is the Society’s highest honour, and Wini is the second woman to receive it in its 67 year history. The award recognizes Wini’s tremendous contribution to conservation, including more than 15 years of service on HCTF’s Board of Directors. Congratulations Wini on this well-deserved award!

HCTF Photo Contest Ends Tomorrow

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HCTF's photo contest ends September 30th, 2017 at 4:30pm PST, meaning you only have one more day to enter your photos of BC wildlife, freshwater fish, natural landscapes, and people engaged in activities that connect them to nature.  First prize is a $500 VISA gift card and two runner-up prizes of a $250 VISA gift card. For full contest details and official contest rules, click here . 

HCTF Online Application Portal Now Open

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HCTF is now accepting applications for 2018-19 Enhancement & Restoration grants. Applications must be submitted through HCTF Online by 4:30pm on November 2 nd , 2017. Before beginning your application, please review the information on the Enhancement and Restoration Grant Overview webpage , as some of it is new for this cycle. When you’re ready to begin your application, go to our HCTF Online  webpage for additional information on using the online system, including instructions for requesting a User ID.
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HCTF Visits the Cowichan Shoreline Stewardship Project

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The Cowichan Shoreline Stewardship Project (CSSP) has been restoring riparian habitat along Cowichan Lake and River since 2014. HCTF staff were invited to a tour of various restoration sites on the 1 st of September, and we were pleased to attend to see the results of this important HCTF funded stewardship project. The CSSP is a combined effort between the BC Conservation Foundation (BCCF) and the Cowichan Lake and River Stewardship Society (CLRSS), with the later as the main “community lead”. The CLRSS is made up of local residents with a strong desire to preserve and protect terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems that surround and sustain the lake. In the initial three year phase of the project 2014-17, a total of 26 lake/river shoreline properties have been restored under CSSP, totaling 7,239 square metres of riparian habitat improvements. To date, average plant survival has exceeded 85% for the majority of sites. In this same period, CLRSS volunteers have conducted a total of 282 riparian owner visits around the lake/river, and administered 227 standard surveys designed to gauge shoreline owner knowledge and preferences for preservation of natural riparian habitats. The project has been funded for another three-year phase (2017-10), we look forward...
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Increased Funding Available Through Renewed Partnership with FESBC

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      The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation is pleased to announce that we have renewed and expanded our agreement with the Forest Enhancement Society of British Columbia (FESBC). In 2018, FESBC will be contributing up to one million dollars in funding for projects that meet both HCTF and FESBC wildlife habitat enhancement goals and forest stewardship objectives. This will be in addition to the two to three million dollars that HCTF grants to wildlife projects annually. About FEBSC FESBC is a Crown Agency originally established as a Society in February 2016. Currently the Society has received $235 million in funding from the Provincial Government to deliver the purposes identified in its Constitution as follows: To advance environmental and resource stewardship in B.C.’s forests by: i) preventing and mitigating the impact of wildfires ii) improving damaged or low value forest iii) improving habitat for wildlife  iv) supporting the use of fiber from damaged and low value forests v) treating forests to improve the management of greenhouse gases To advocate for the environmental and resource stewardship of B.C.’s forests; and To do all such other things as are incidental and ancillary to the attainment of the foregoing purposes and the exercise of...
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