A Little Water Goes a Long Way

A Little Water Goes a Long Way
The six-inch concrete sill at the outlet of Westwood Lake near Nanaimo didn’t look like much, but when James Craig, BC Conservation Foundation fisheries biologist showed HCTF staff the other end of the lake – we were impressed! The additional water storage in the lake as a result of the sill construction was just enough to maintain year-round flows in the outlet stream that was previously dry most of the year. It now has the potential of supporting cutthroat trout and coho salmon. This is the third HCTF project evaluation that HCTF staff have carried out this spring. East Coast Vancouver Island Water Storage Feasibility was a 5-year project completed in 2011-12. Project leader James Craig explained the goal of the project was to look at streams and lakes at various sites on the east coast of Vancouver Island to determine how to improve flows for fish habitat. Most of the work was behind the scenes, working with landowners, water licensees, local governments and other stakeholders to resolve the administrative and regulatory barriers to ensure there is enough water for fish. This kind of project takes diplomacy and perseverance on top of the fisheries expertise – thank you, James, for...
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Silver Award Winners Recognized at BC Nature AGM

Silver Award Winners Recognized at BC Nature AGM
Two outstanding HCTF projects were recognized on May 4th at the BC Nature AGM. YNC’s Nature Clubs Project and Bird Studies Canada’s BC Breeding Bird Atlas project were presented with HCTF Silver Awards for their contribution to conservation in BC. The Nature Club’s project connects children with the outdoors by encouraging natural discovery by providing engaging activities, events and resources, including explorer days led by local naturalists, NatureWILD Magazine, and the Action Awards program. The Silver Award was presented to the YNC as the top project in the Stewardship category, and was accepted by YNC’s Executive Director Kristine Webber. Read more about the Nature Club’s Project in our Project Profiles>> The Breeding Bird Atlas project unites the wildlife-watching community with management agencies, biologists, guide-outfitters, industry, academics and naturalist organizations to fill knowledge gaps critical to the conservation of this province’s breeding birds. This project was the Silver Award winner in the wildlife category, and was accepted by Anne Murray, the BC Nature representative on the Atlas Steering Committee and Christopher Di Corrado, BC Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator. The Silver Awards were created back in 2006 by HCTF’s Board of Directors in celebration of the Foundation’s 25th anniversary, and in recognition...
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Man of the Year

Man of the Year
Saturday, April 27th was a very special day when one Roderick Sterling Silver was the deserving recipient of the BC Wildlife Federation ’s Barsby Trophy. The trophy is the greatest honour the BCWF can bestow on an individual for their outstanding contribution to conservation in British Columbia over many years. Rod’s nomination was supported by many conservation leaders from across BC who personally attested to his quiet but pervasive influence in many historical and ongoing projects that continue to benefit BC’s fish and wildlife heritage, not least of which were his years as the Manager of the then Habitat Conservation Trust Fund and, since his retirement, in his current role as a Director of the Nature Trust of British Columbia. Rod’s name has been added to a long list of previous winners – and he’s in very good company. Past Barsby Trophy winners include Ian McTaggart-Cowan , Bert Brink , Otto Langer, Peter Larkin, Ralph Shaw, Don Robinson and many more. Congratulations Rod! Photo: Rod Silver (left) fresh from a well deserved holiday in the sun receives the Barsby Trophy from Ed Mankelow, Past President of the BC Wildlife Federation (and himself a past winner of the Barsby Trophy).  ...
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HCTF Announces $6 Million for Community Conservation Grants

HCTF Announces $6 Million for Community Conservation Grants
HCTF is proud to announce that it will provide over $6 million in grants this year to protect BC’s fish, wildlife and habitats. The list of 2013-14 grant recipients was officially released today at the BC Wildlife Federation’s AGM. 139 enhancement and restoration projects will be funded, led by some of the province’s top fish and wildlife experts. “This money is critical to conserving and managing the diverse range of habitats and species that make BC special,” said Harvey Andrusak, Chair of the Foundation. “Without these grants, much of the critical conservation work happening around the province simply couldn’t get done.” Since its beginnings in the early 80s, HCTF has contributed over $145 million to conservation projects, and estimates the resulting partnership investments to be worth an additional $400 million. A complete list of this year’s approved projects is available here , including descriptions and project leader contact information. Some highlights include: - Burrard Inlet Restoration Project: the 2007 oil spill in the Burrard Inlet resulted in a $447,000 court award being directed to HCTF as part of the increasing movement towards using creative sentencing in cases involving environmental infractions. HCTF will invest this money into a number of projects...
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2013-14 Approved Project List

2013-14 Approved Project List
The list of approved 2013-14 HCTF projects is now available . We approved a total of 139 enahancement & restoration projects this year. Check back soon for the 2013-14 project map!