HCTF in the News

2017 in Review


December 27, 2017

Salmon Arm Observer


Elementary through high school students braved the inclement weather to make the Salmon Arm foreshore a healthier habitat for animals who call the place home. The Salmon Arm Bay Nature Enhancement Society (SABNES), City of Salmon Arm, the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, and School District #83 staff and students were involved in a large project to increase biodiversity on the foreshore.



B.C. government to make announcement about grizzly bear trophy hunts

December 18, 2017
Vancouver Sun

The provincial government is set to make an announcement about grizzly bears in British Columbia on Monday.

 Local Guides Aren't Happy with Grizzly Ban


December 13, 2017
The Interior News

Of the $7 million in hunting license fees the Province collected, just over $2 million went to the Habitat Conservation Trust Fund for conservation projects. License fees also raised $230,000 a year for the Grizzly Bear Conservation Strategy which was then allocated to priority grizzly bear research, inventory and monitoring projects.



Van Live Year in Review: B.C.'s 30 best animals of 2017

December 13, 2017
Vancouver Sun

We mostly cover human beings here at The Vancouver Sun and Province, but once in a great while, another kind of animal makes the news

Cache Creek man fined $18,000 for buying bear parts

Nov 20th, 2017
Kamloops This Week

A Cache Creek resident caught purchasing bear parts in a sting operation pleaded guilty on Monday and was sentenced to an $18,000 fine.

Hong Hui Xie, 48, was sentenced in Kamloops provincial court on six counts of trafficking under the provincial Wildlife Act. Lawyers for the Crown and defence made a joint submission to judge Roy Dickey, asking for an $18,000 fine, $3,000 of which will go to the Habitat Conservation Fund.

See also Cache Creek man fined thousands of dollars for buying bear parts - InfoTel News

Steelhead can now return to spawning grounds

Nov 20, 2017
Hope Standard

Steelhead trout have had a rough time of it in the Coquihalla River since 2014.

That’s when a remnant railway bridge abutment and historic railway bed that made up the popular B.C. Parks trail located in Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park near Hope partially collapsed and slid into the Coquihalla River.


Local Volunteers Get the Scoop on Bat Poop

Victoria News
November 18, 2017


When it comes to research on bats, the scoop is in the poop.

Habitat Acquisition Trust volunteers and Bat habitat stewards are collecting bat guano, i.e. bat excrement, from beneath bat roosts for genetic analysis to determine the species of bats living at each roost.

Beavers: friend or foe?

November 13, 2017
East Kootenay News Online Weekly


Beavers are more than Canada’s national symbol and our first national currency trading their pelts. They are also wetland engineers. Just look upstream of the north-Fernie bridge, along the Elk River and you will see an incredible dam built this summer. Although cute industrious critters, are beavers actually friend or foe to Canadians?


Bats keep bug populations down during warm months

Nov 1, 2017
Quesnel Cariboo Observer

With the recent passing of Halloween when images of scary, blood-sucking bats become common place, it is the perfect time to join with the BC Community Bat Program to counter these bat myths and do something to help bats.
“The conservation of bats in British Columbia has always been important, since over half the species in this province are considered at risk,” says Mandy Kellner, BC Community Bat Program co-ordinator.


See also Halloween great time to join BC community bat program - Williams Lake Tribune



Explosives clear the way for salmon at Othello Tunnels

October 19, 2017 
Hope Standard

A group of engineers, consultants and coalition of B.C. organizations have removed the rock that has blocked summer steelhead from swimming upstream to their spawning grounds.


Help bats for Hallowe'en

October 19, 2017
Castlegar Source

As Halloween approaches, images of scary-looking bats become commonplace. Since the goal of the Kootenay Community Bat Project is to promote bat conservation, this is the perfect time of year to counter bat myths and do something to help bats. Such as build bat houses and find good locations for them, to give bats a place to roost.

Project Watershed Completes Work at Simms Park

October 7, 2017
Comox Valley Record

Local residents who use Simms Millennium Park will notice some significant changes since Project Watershed completed salmon habitat improvement work in the park this summer. During the month of August the Project Watershed team completed the construction phase of the project, which has been many years in the planning. The endeavour included the removal of an old culvert connecting the Courtenay River through the park into an inner pond area. This culvert was replaced with a larger fish-friendly culvert installed at a lower elevation so that fish would have more access during a variety of tide cycles.


BC Mining Company Fined for Polluting Tulameen River

25 Sept 2017

A B.C. mining company is on the hook for thousands of dollars after discharging waste into a river in the Okanagan-Similkameen region of B.C. 

A B.C. Conservation Officer Service (BCCOS) investigation uncovered Coalmont Energy Corporation's discharge of 60,000 litres of mine waste into a watercourse that runs into the Tulameen River. Managers are being fined a total of $20,000 in relation to the charges, $19,800 of which will be be issued to the Habitat Conservation Trust Fund for fish habitat restoration projects in the Okanagan region.


See also 

BC mining company on the hook for polluting river -  Insurance Business Canada

$20000 in fines for Similkameen coal mine waste spill  - Infotel News

Fined $10K for Oil Spill - Castanet


More than 1,000 fish lifted over Seymour rock slide as project caps off its third year

Sep 20, 2017 
CBC News

More than 1,000 steelhead, coho and pink salmon have received a helping hand, over the last three years, getting over a large blockade in the Seymour River.

Managers plead guilty in B.C. coal mine spill

Sept 20, 2017
Agassiz Harrison Observer

More than four years after the Tulameen River ran black with coal slurry, criminal charges in the spill were settled quietly last Thursday in Princeton court.


Province handed out $4 million in environmental fines in 2016

September 15, 2017
Business Vancouver

British Columbia handed out more than $4 million in environmental penalties and tickets in 2016.
Environment ministry data released today shows officers handed out 2,201 tickets and nearly 300 administrative sanctions and penalties against industry and the public for violations last year. There were another 37 environmental orders issued and another 64 court convictions.


Sentenced for possession of 26 trout

Sept 12, 2017
North Thompson Star/Journal

An angler who was found in possession of 26 rainbow trout last Remembrance Day was recently found guilty and sentenced to multiple Fisheries Act charges.


See also Infonews.ca
Salmon Arm Observer

B.C. men convicted for killing off-season moose

North Thompson Star/Journal
August 31, 2017

Two Kelowna men were convicted and sentenced this month for the killing of a cow moose out of season.
BC Conservation reports that Randy Cecil Watson and Burc Colins were charged under the Wildlife Act after killing a moose near Beaverdell in November 2015.



Awesome summer conserving the Kootenays

August 28, 2017



Throughout the summer while other young people were relaxing, The Nature Trust of BC Kootenay Conservation Youth Crew was hard at work. The Nature Trust of British Columbia hires young people each summer to tackle a wide variety of conservation activities on properties across the province and learn valuable skills for future employment.

Bighorn Sheep Habitat Saved

August 24,2017

The Nature Trust of B.C. has purchased a piece of land near Penticton to protect bighorn sheep.

The group announced Thursday they have closed the sale of the 87.5 acre Skaha Lake Eastside property, which they call "critical habitat" for bighorn sheep.

“You only have to take one look at a map to understand the risk of this property being developed and its habitat values lost forever,” said Ross Peck, chair of the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.


Recently restored sections of Mission Creek damaged by spring flooding

August 17, 2017

The flooding in the Central Okanagan this spring damaged several areas of Mission Creek that were part of a restoration initiative completed last year.
Work on the Mission Creek Restoration Initiative began in the fall of 2015, but plans for the changes first surfaced in 2008.
With funding from the City of Kelowna, the Government of B.C., the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation and the Okanagan Basin Water Board, creekside dikes that contained the waterway were set back and a natural floodplain developed.

NDP to enact B.C.-wide ban on grizzly trophy hunt, while allowing hunt for meat

August 14, 2017
Vancouver Sun

The NDP government made good on a high-profile election promise Monday by announcing a B.C.-wide ban on the trophy hunting of grizzly bears, while allowing hunting to continue for meat.The province receives about $540,000 in grizzly hunting licences and limited-entry hunt applications annually. Of that, $500,000 goes into general revenue, and $40,000 to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.

Learn to Fish with the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC

Aug 11, 2017
Kimberley Bulletin

The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC is a private non-profit organization that works to enhance and conserve BC’s freshwater fisheries for public benefit, by working in partnership with the government, industry and anglers. The free programming is made possible through sponsors including the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, Columbia Basin Trust Fund, Rapala, BC Ram Dealers, the Province of British Columbia, BC Parks and Yamaha Motor Canada.

Prominent hunter fined $3,000 for illegal elk kill in Kootenays

August 9, 2017
Vernon Morning Star

A decision to illegally shoot a five-point elk has been a “black eye” on a formerly prominent hunter who has since fallen from grace.

See also Castanet article

Foundation receives millions of dollars in court fines from environmental offenders

August 7 2017
Vancouver Sun

A non-profit foundation established to improve fish and wildlife habitat across the province has reaped a windfall of more than $3 million from court fines levied against environmental offenders since 1993.
“It’s a growing area of revenue for us,” confirms Brian Springinotic, chief executive officer of the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation. “It’s because the courts like how we treat the money … and, in my view, are imposing ever greater penalties.”

Going Batty with Bats

August 6, 2017

Are you noticing more bats around your house or property? You are not alone!
Mid-summer is the time when landowners typically notice more bat activity, may have bats flying into their house, and occasionally find a bat on the ground or roosting in unusual locations.

Mid summer means more bats around

August 6, 2017
Victoria News

If you’re seeing more little winged critters around your crib lately you can relax, you’re not going batty.
The middle of summer is typically the time bats are more noticeable around homes and properties, explained Mandy Kellner, a biologist and co-ordinator with the B.C. community bat project.



Summer Brings out the Bats

July 28, 2017
The Daily Courier

In July and August, pups are learning to fly, and their early efforts may land them in locations where they are more likely to come in contact with humans,” said Paula Rodriguez de la Vega, ecologist and co-ordinator with the bat program.

See Also:

You can live with bats in the Okanagan without going batty - Infotel News

Swallows and Bats Need the Community’s Help

July 27, 2017
Coast Reporter

The Sunshine Coast Wildlife Project is again asking for the community’s help in monitoring populations of two threatened wildlife groups: swallows and bats.

Upcoming construction at Courtenay’s Simms Park to improve salmon habitat

June 27 2017
Comox Valley Record

An initiative by Project Watershed to increase salmon survival in Simms Millennium Park will result in closures to the treed area and trail on the west side of the park for several days in July, and for the entire month of August. Funding for the project has been provided by Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP), Recreational Fisheries Conservation Program (RFCPP), and Habitat Conservation Trust Fund (HCTF).


Englishman River Estuary to undergo five-year restoration

June 26, 2017
Parksville Qualicum Beach News

Hikers accustomed to a peaceful, quite stroll on the trails of the Englishman River Estuary will be faced with some unaccustomed construction traffic in the coming weeks. But it’s all meant to enhance the estuary in the long run.Funding for the project is provided by Canada’s National Wetland Conservation Fund and the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.


Learning Outdoors in 100 Mile

June 21, 2017
100 Mile Free Press


A unique program is bringing young children out of their classrooms at 100 Mile Elementary School and into the natural environment to learn about the birds, bugs and botany outdoors, and even to connect with their community.

Upgrades made to Fairmont’s Hoodoos trail

June 15, 2017
Invermere Valley Echo

Hikers on the Hoodoos in Fairmont Hot Springs may notice a few changes to the popular trail. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) conducted a project in the Hoodoos to upgrade the site.Support for the project came from The Columbia Basin Trust, the Panorama Foundation and the Habitat Conservation Trust Fund.

Kootenay streams open to anglers June 15

June 14, 2017
Cranbrook Daily Townsmen

The many mountain lakes and rivers in the Kootenays provide excellent fishing for many different species of fish.When you purchase a freshwater angling license, a portion of the fee goes directly back to Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C., and a smaller portion goes to a conservation surcharge directed to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.


Court award catalyst for new Northern Vancouver Island fish and wildlife fund

June 13, 2017
Campbell River Mirror

Fish and wildlife will receive an extra boost next year from a new fund explicitly for conservation projects on the northern half of Vancouver Island.

The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) announced it will begin accepting applications for the $350,000 North Island Conservation Fund starting this fall.


Volunteers needed for annual bat count; Kootenay Community Bat Program

June 6, 2017

Kimberley Bulletin
Summerland Review


With the devastating White Nose Syndrome looming, the Kootenay Community Bat Program (KCBP) is seeking volunteers and bat colonies for the annual bat count. The citizen-science initiative encourages residents to count bats at local roost sites.

Volunteers Sought for BC Bat Counts

May 29, 2017
Kamloops this Week


The B.C. Community Bat Program is seeking volunteers and bat colonies for the annual bat count. The citizen-science initiative encourages residents to count bats at local roost sites.


2014 Sheep Mortality Incident Update

May 24, 2017
Crowsnest Pass Herald


Teck will pay $195,000 to the non-profit Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation and pay a $5,000 fine and Maxam Explosives Inc (Maxam) will pay $145,000 to Habit Conservation Trust Foundation and pay a $5,000 fine due to one Environmental Management Act charge each related to a 2014 sheep mortality incident at Greenhills Operations (GHO).

B.C. Wildlife Federation wants citizens to speak out on behalf of wildlife

The Free Press
May 3, 2017

The province’s stocks of fish and wildlife are being slowly depleted by decades of underfunding and mismanagement, says Jesse Zeman, spokesman for the B.C. Wildlife Federation.

Next phase of Penticton Creek restoration set to begin this summer

May 3, 2017

Plans are moving forward to restore another section of the Penticton Creek riverbed this summer. The ambitious multi-phase project will cost a total estimated $30 million to restore 4.4 kilometres of riverbed.


Update on the 2012 sediment occurrence at Elkview

April 8, 2017
The Free Press

Teck will be paying forward $300,000, following a sediment-laden discharge spill at Elkview Operations (EVO) in September of 2012.

Of this, $285,000 will be given to the non-profit Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, as well as a $15,000 penalty as a result of three Environmental Management Act charges related to the incident.


Help pollinators this spring

Apr 7th, 2017
Kelowna News

The Public Art Pollinator Pasture Meadow Building and Stewardship Event on April 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. dozens of volunteers are helping to plant hundreds of native plants on the pollinator pasture.

These plants also came from a significant donation from the Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program, EcoAction, Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, Seeds Co Community Conservation and Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship Society with funding from Environment and Climate Change Canada.


Oil Spills: Preventing Future Spills by Learning from Past Incidents

April 2, 2017
Hazmat Magazine

Last November saw the Canadian federal government approve the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion Plan and the Enbridge Line 3 Replacement Plan. Both projects have been met with fierce opposition from First Nations communities, local governments and environmentalists. Chief among their concerns is the risk of crude oil spilling into the environment. So it would be prudent to look at past spills involving each line and reflect on the possible dangers they pose.


NCC land purchase will lead to wetland restoration north of Road 22

April 2, 2017
Osoyoos Times

A newly acquired 90-acre property north of Road 22 will help the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) restore and protect a vital area of wetlands in the South Okanagan.


$3 million added to war on mussels (covered by multiple media outlets – see links below)

March 30, 2017

The Daily Courier
InfoTel News
Salmon Arm Observer
Kelowna Capital News
The Nelson Daily
Kelowna Now


The campaign to keep invasive mussels out of B.C. lakes is getting a $3-million boost.

Premier Christy Clark announced Thursday in West Kelowna that the money will help pay for two new inspection stations, longer inspection hours, more inspectors and a mussel-sniffing dog.


Osoyoos Oxbows Added to Habitat Preserve

March 28, 2017
Penticton Western News

Thanks to the efforts of the Nature Conservancy, in partnership with Ducks Unlimited Canada, another piece of wetlands is being preserved.

A 90-acre (36.4-hectare) wetland property in the heart of one of British Columbia’s best birding areas. Located along the Okanagan River in an expanse of wetland known as the Osoyoos Oxbows, the new conservation area is the latest addition to a complex of conservation lands that parallel Highway 97 between Osoyoos and Oliver.

Efforts underway to assist elk and deer until springtime

March 26, 2017

The Free Press

On March 11, Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett announced the province was investing $40,000 to mitigate the drastic impacts of one of the region’s harshest winters in decades but a conservationist is calling the move a short-sighted drop in the bucket.


Hunting Fees will now go to Wildlife Management (covered by multiple media outlets – see links below)

March 23, 2017

Vernon Morning Star

Salmon Arm Observer

My PG Now

Kelowna Capital News

Fighting Invasive Mussels receives $3M Influx of Funds

Kelowna Now


The province is following its fisheries lead and plowing all revenue raised from hunting licences in B.C. back into wildlife management. On Wednesday, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced the move, saying a new agency will be created to administer the money. The move will be modelled on what was done with fishing licences a few years ago. He said based on input from stakeholders over the last few years, the government will form a new agency in fall 2017 with startup funds of $5 million. The agency subsequently would be supported by hunting licence revenues of $9 million to $10 million each year. Currently, hunting licence revenues support a number of government activities. Hunting licence surcharges totalling more than $2.6 million annually would still be dedicated to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation for its conservation projects.


FJM and Wild School Winter

March 13, 2017

The Free Press

Three hundred and fifty  students at Frank J. Mitchell Elementary School (FJMES) participated in several Wild School Winter stations experiencing ways to love being outside in winter. The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) Wild School program is a three-year program providing teachers and students of K-8 schools with free resources, training and support for environmental learning, outdoor field experiences and connections to conservation work in their communities.

BC farmer fined over 4 grizzly bear deaths

March 6, 2017

CBC News

A B.C.court has fined a farmer over the 2014 shooting deaths of a grizzly bear sow and its three cubs in a mountain valley between Prince George and Jasper, AB. Arlan Harry Baer must pay a $500 fine and a $1,500 payment to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.

Moose Riders Fines for Harassing Wildlife (covered by multiple media outlets – see links below)

March 3, 2017

CBC News

Alaska Highway News

News Talk 770 Calgary

The Province

CTV News

CKNW News Talk 980

Kelowna Now



604 Now

Bradley Dale Crook and Jaysun Allan Pinkerton of Fort St. John were convicted for harassing wildlife with a boat. Judge B. A. Daley imposed a $4,000 fine on each man, including a $2,000 payment each to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation to be used in the B.C. Peace region. The investigation stemmed from a YouTube video of one of the convicted jumping off a boat onto a swimming moose’s back.

Be on the lookout for White Nose Syndrome

Feb 23, 2017
Kitimat Northern Sentinel

The Skeena Community Bat Project is asking for the public to keep an eye out for White Nose Syndrome in the regions bat population.

The group, overseen by the BC Community Bat Program and in collaboration with the BC government, is asking for northwestern BC residents to keep an eye out for dead bats, as well as bats flying in the wintertime.


Growing Bigger Island Trout

Feb 16, 2017

Campbell River Mirror

After four years, the proof is in the pulling. Pulling, that is, on a hook by big trout in some Vancouver Island lakes.

The trout are getting bigger thanks to a small lake fertilization program started four years ago. It’s a cooperative effort between the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF), the BC Conservation Foundation (BCCF) and the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO).

Public asked to help in reporting bat activity

Feb 16, 2017
Williams Lake Tribune

White Nose Syndrome (WNS), a fungal disease responsible for the death of millions of bats in eastern North America, has moved to the west coast and was confirmed in Washington State in 2016.

This is very worrisome for the health of bat populations in British Columbia, with nearly 100 per cent mortality for some species of bats exposed to the fungus.

You can help monitor deadly White Nose Syndrome in bats

Feb 15, 2017
Kootenay News Advertiser

Funded by the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, the Province of BC, the Habitat Stewardship Program, Columbia Basin Trust, Kootenay Conservation Program in partnership with the Regional District of East Kootenay, and the Public Conservation Assistance Fund, the BC Community Bat Program works with the government and others on public outreach activities, public reports of roosting bats in buildings, and our citizen-science bat monitoring program.

Port to plant eelgrass gardens off Tsawwassen ferry terminal to benefit marine life

Feb 13, 2017
Vancouver Sun

The Port of Vancouver is proposing to plant vast gardens of eelgrass on the ocean floor this year to benefit marine life ranging from fish to crabs near the Tsawwassen ferry terminal.

The project would create a total of four hectares of eelgrass habitat on the southeast side of the terminal at two ocean-bottom sites that were formerly dredged.

Foreshore rehab work continues

February 8, 2017
Salmon Arm Observer

The trail may be closed to the public until the end of March, but there’s plenty of action on the foreshore.

On Tuesday, a Spidex, a large all-terrain, mobile excavator from Vernon, was on site, depositing torso-size riprap and sandaround some of the “toes” of the three hummocks that were created in November to increase bio-diversity along theforeshore Nature Trust land and trails.


Bats flying in the winter? Or, find a dead bat? Please report. Here's why.

February 8, 2017
Nelson Dailey

Bats are an essential part of the global ecosystem. They save agriculture a great deal of money by eating vast numbers of crop-destroying insects such as Colorado Potato Beetles, and they save humans a lot of itching by eating vast numbers of flying, biting insects such as mosquitoes. For years, bats had an undeserved bad reputation, but gradually we are learning to understand their huge value.

Woman fined $2,000 for poaching California bighorn

January 11, 2017
KW This Week

A First Nations woman has pleaded guilty to shooting a California bighorn sheep — one of three she hunted — and leaving most of its meat behind.

Marlene Kato was sentenced yesterday in provincial court under the Wildlife Act for failing to remove edible portions of a carcass. The law is in place to ensure hunters kill for more than a trophy rack or horns.

Judge Chris Cleaveley sentenced Kato to a $2,000 fine. All but $100 of that amount will go to the B.C. Habitat Conservation Trust Fund.

Seymour salmon project gets funding boost

January 3, 2017
North Shore News

The year 2017 could be good for the salmon and steelhead that spawn in the Seymour River.

The project to revive the Seymour as a fish-bearing habitat after it was blocked by a rock slide in 2014, is being fast-tracked, thanks in part to a boost in funding.

North Vancouver MP Jonathan Wilkinson recently announced that the Seymour Salmonid Society, which is leading the project, would receive a $235,950 grant from the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program.


Shot grizzlies posed threat, court told

December 20, 2016
Prince George Citizen

The owner of a farm near Dunster was within his right to shoot four grizzly bears who had ventured onto his property, a provincial court judge found during a hearing earlier this month.

Where Arlan Harry Baer went wrong was failing to report the shooting. For that he was fined $500 and ordered to donate a further $1,500 to the Habitat Conservation Trust.

Hunt Endangers cougar's young: study

Nov 6, 2016

Times Colonist


Cougar hunters in B.C. who target and kill big adult cats are linked with increasing subsequent dangerous interactions with people, says the University of Victoria co-author of a new study.The death of mature, mainly male, cougars provides inroads for immature “teenage” cougars to get in trouble with risky behaviour.


Bull elk horns in on cattle community in heart of Fraser Valley

October 29, 2016
Vancouver Sun

First came the provincial government’s reintroduction of Roosevelt elk from the Sunshine Coast to a series of wilderness watersheds from the Squamish River Valley to Harrison Lake.

Then the elk starting showing up unexpectedly in urban communities bordering those watersheds, including in Maple Ridge alongside the bustling Lougheed Highway.



How a moose tax can help B.C. wildlife conservation

October 23, 2016
Globe and Mail

Is it time for a moose tax?

Faced with declining game populations and the increasing complexities of wildlife management, people are starting to look at new funding models.


Williams Lake kindergarten has great outdoors for classroom

Oct 23, 2016
CBC News

A new kindergarten class in Williams Lake is seeing some real success in the classroom, its teacher says, although the class isn't a room at all.

Sylvia Swift is teaching the school district's first "nature kindergarten" which keeps kids outside all day to add a natural element to the lessons.


Northern Pike Causing Concern as it Moves into B.C. Waters

Oct 2, 2016
The Globe and Mail

When Dan Doutaz hears a ping in his headphones coming from the watery depths of the Columbia River, he enters another data point on the continued invasion of an unwanted species.

Northern pike – a ravenous, predatory fish that is expected to have devastating impact on native salmon and trout populations – are making their way into southern British Columbia.

Article on HCTF Project 4-493, Columbia River Northern Pike removal — Risk and feasibility of control

Wetlands Near Logan Lake Being Restored

Sept 19, 2016
CBC Kamloops

In the eighties, people in Logan Lake put in a golf course.

While it was great for the residents, it played havoc with the local wetlands.

Since 2011, a group of biologists and BCIT students have been trying to change that though habitat restoration.

River Habitat Reclaimed Near Logan Lake

Sept 14, 2016
Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal

n important wetland area near Logan Lake that was affected by the construction of the Meadow Creek Golf Course has been restored over the past six years; and the public are invited to an open house to see the results. The project is a partnership between students from the B.C. Institute of Technology (BCIT) Ecological Restoration Program and various environmental and local groups (Article about HCTF Project 3-344, Meadow Creek Golf Course Wetlands Restoration).

Creek made fish-friendly

Sept 15th, 2016

It’s been years of planning and fundraising, since 2002 work was underway to provide flood-protection and environmental benefits to Mission Creek.

The Mission Creek Restoration Initiative was launched in 2008 to address declining fish stocks by restoring natural hydraulic and biological functions to the lower 12 km of Mission Creek from the East Kelowna bridge to Okanagan Lake.

Art philanthropist looks to save BC's grizzly bears

Sept 8, 2016
CBC News

Leading Canadian philanthropist Michael Audain is turning his attention to grizzly bears after years protecting and displaying masterpieces of art.


Mission benefits from two wetland enhancement projects

September 4, 2016
Mission Record

Nature enthusiasts in Mission have something to celebrate.

Last week, wetland enhancement projects occurred at both Silverdale Wetlands and Dewdney Elementary School during the delivery of a week-long Wetlands Institute workshop hosted by the BC Wildlife Federation (BCWF)

(Article about HCTF Project 3-272, BCWF Wetlands Institute)

Wildlife Habitat Prescribed Burns set for East Kootenays this week

August 31, 2016
The Free Press

Prescribed burns are planned for the East Kootenays this week, assuming the weather forecast holds. First comes Raymond and Donald (Disappearing) Creeks elevation drainages south of the Elk River in the Galton Range on Wednesday. The next day, September 1, are two areas east of Wasa in the Estella and Wolf Creek areas.


High-tech Moose Management

August 30, 2016
Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal

A new interactive tool is allowing British Columbians to help wildlife biologists monitor moose populations and inform conservation efforts. The B.C. Moose Tracker app, available through iTunes, lets users upload information on the number, sex, and location of moose they encounter in the wild.


Government releases moose-tracking app

August 30, 2016
Merritt Herald


A new mobile app introduced by the B.C. government will allow people who encounter moose in B.C.’s wilderness to monitor moose populations and inform conservation efforts.


Wanna be a moose tracker?


August 26, 2016


Keeping track of moose in the province is a tap away.



Seymour Rock Slide Blasting Begins

August 25, 2016
North Shore News

The Seymour Salmonid Society is moving mountains to save the Seymour River as a habitat for salmon and steelhead – or at least breaking boulders.

Work kicked off this week for the mitigation project to slowly blast away some of the 50,000 cubic metres of granite that slid into the Seymour in December 2014, making its impassible for spawning fish.



Province Wants Help Tracking Moose with New App

August 25th 2016
890 CJDC

Next time you see a moose - the province of BC wants to know.

BC’s Moose Tracker app launched this week encouraging British Columbians to record any moose findings.


Moose Tracker is the most Canadian App Ever

August 25, 2016
Cantech Letter


BC’s provincial government has just released its Moose Tracker app, which is aimed at collecting data on moose populations so as to help with conservation efforts.
Available through iTunes, the app allows users to upload information on moose sightings including location and sex of animals spotted in the wild.


BC Modernizes Moose Management with Moose Tracker App

August 24, 2016
My Prince George Now


The Ministry of Forests and the BC Wildlife Federation are bringing the province’s wildlife management strategy into the 21st century with an app for mapping moose populations.

The BC Moose Tracker app will allow members of the public to upload information – including number, sex and location – of moose they encounter in the wild.

Moose tracking app released by provincial government

August 24, 2016
CBC News

If you see a moose in the wild, the B.C. government wants you to tell them about it.

A new app called B.C. Moose Tracker was released yesterday, allowing people to directly upload information about their encounters with moose to an online database. It also includes a digital version of the 2016-2018 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis, a searchable summary of provincial hunting regulations.

Moose tracker app released to public

August 23, 2016
Prince George Citizen

The provincial government has released an application to the public to help wildlife biologists monitor moose populations.

The B.C. Moose Tracker app, available through iTunes, lets users upload information on the number, sex and location of moose they encounter in the wild directly to an online database.

Hunters and Hikers to Help Track B.C. Moose

August 23, 2016
Kelowna Now

British Columbia is hoping that hunters and hikers can help count the number of moose in the province.

The province has created a new app that will help track moose. The tool will let people help wildlife biologists monitor moose populations and inform conservation efforts.


Province delivers moose-tracking smartphone app

August 23, 2016
Global News

The province of B.C. has developed a moose-tracking smartphone app to help monitor moose populations.

Now available through iTunes, the B.C. Moose Tracker app is supposed to be used when someone spots a moose. Users are told to log the number, sex, and location of the moose they see – information that will be entered into an online database that will alert staff to issues in the province’s moose population.


A Mid-summer Night’s Bat has Resulted in Increased Sightings on the North Coast

Aug 11, 2016
Northern View

The Skeena Community Bat Project wants to remind residents that mid-summer has more bats flying into a home, on the ground or roosting in peculiar spots.
Young bat pups are the reason for the increased activity.

Trench Society Marks 20th Anniversary

June 29, 2016
Cransbrook Townsman

Twenty years ago eight grassroots organizations in the East Kootenay and Upper Columbia Valley joined forces to initiate a ground-breaking program aimed at restoring grassland and open forest ecosystems in the southern Rocky Mountain Trench.

The coalition of hunters, ranchers, naturalists and environmentalists recognized that an ecosystem restoration program with a broad base of support was vital to sustain the region’s exceptionally rich diversity of plants and animals, and the people who depend on them

Students Share in Inlet Restoration Work

June 25, 2016
North Shore News

In the summer of 2007, a punctured pipeline sent 224,000 litres of Kinder Morgan’s heavy synthetic crude into the air like a geyser.

Approximately 78,000 litres of oil seeped into the Burrard Inlet, impacting 17 kilometres of shoreline and costing Kinder Morgan more than $15 million in remediation costs.

After pleading guilty to violating the Environmental Management Act, the three companies involved in the accident were fined $450,000 – money that went to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.


Eavesdropping on Bats

June 23, 2016

A team of local researchers are monitoring bat populations in the province using bat detectors as part of the North American Bat Monitoring Program.

This continent-wide program aims to monitor bat species distributions and relative abundance over time.

This information is particularly important in B.C., since White Nose Syndrome, the disease that is decimating bat populations in the eastern part of the continent, was recently confirmed in Washington and is expected to arrive in British Columbia soon.



No change to trophy hunting of B.C. grizzlies, says B.C. government

June 14, 2016
BC Business

An introductory letter in the regulations handbook from Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson says that the government is in the midst of a five-year research project to determine the causes of declining moose numbers. This summer, with the support of the BC Wildlife Federation and funding from the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, it will launch a downloadable BC Moose Tracker app for mobile devices so anyone can upload information on moose sightings directly from the field to an online database.


Quesnel Lake Study Nets Award

May 31, 2016
Williams Lake Tribune

A five-year study examining the effects of angling pressures on resident rainbow, bull and lake trout in Quesnel Lake has netted local ministry staff a prestigious provincial award.

The Quesnel Lake fish tagging program, which was launched in 2013 in response to requests to review restrictive fishing regulations, won the Silver Award from the Habitat Conservation Trust Fund recently.


Illegal Hunt Costs Licence

May 31, 2016

Hunting out of season cost a Kelowna man his rifle and his hunting licence for three years.

Demetre Antoniou was found guilty on May 25 of hunting, trapping or wounding wildlife out of season



White-Nose Syndrome found in WA State could spell disaster for BC bats

May 27, 2016
Global News

A deadly bat disease that has recently been found in Washington State, could be a disaster for the bat population in B.C.

Bat count volunteers needed

May 26, 2016
Williams Lake Tribune

For the first time residents in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region are being asked to participate in the annual BC Community Bat Program count taking place between June and August.



Students Release Salmon Into the Wild


May 19, 2016
Okanagan Advertiser


After having watched 40 salmon growing up in the school's large aquarium for the past six months, grindrod Elementary students finally had the opportunity to release the fish into the wild at the Kingfisher Creek Ecological Reserve last week. 


Water's Edge: Industry versus nature in Canada's busiest port

May 9, 2016
Vancouver Sun

When we look out at the craggy industrial face of the Port of Vancouver, we see freighters from around the world, piles of sulphur and coal, grain unloaded from rail cars into silos, commercial float planes, tugs, ferries and gantries moving container cargo.
Much less obvious is the natural world that defies the odds and makes its home within the bustling waters and unyielding infrastructure of the inner harbour.

Volunteers Improve Shorelines

May 5 2016
Coast Reporter

With the help of volunteers of all ages, along with Gibsons, Sechelt and Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) parks staff, the Sunshine Coast Wildlife Project has completed a marathon week of work parties to improve shoreline habitats at three community sites. 


Fish Conservation 

April 29, 2016
Cowichan Valley Citizen


Several fish conservation projects in the Cowichan Valley will receive funding from the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.

Included in the almost $500,000 the foundation has committed to on Vancouver Island this year is $48,000 in grants for the BC Conservation Foundation to identify and restore degraded habitats in Cowichan Lake and the Lower Cowichan River.


Schools Funded 

April 17, 2016
Vernon Morning Star

North Okanagan-Shuswap schools are getting a financial boost to help the environment.

Five schools, plus an additional 10 classes through a district-wide grant, will receive about $7,700 for outdoor education field trips.



Researchers Tracking Bats

April 15, 2016
Salmon Arm Observer

At the end of March, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed that White-Nose Syndrome had been detected on a dead bat near Seattle, Washington.

Deadly Bat Disease Detected on West Coast

April 14, 2016
Coast Reporter

The Sunshine Coast Wildlife Project is asking residents to help local bats as a deadly disease has moved ever closer.

On March 31, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed that white nose syndrome had been detected on a dead bat near Seattle. This is very worrisome for the health of bat populations in British Columbia.


Kootenay bat experts worried about spread of White Nose Syndrome to Washington

April 7, 2016
Revelstoke Review

On March 31, 2016, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed that White-Nose Syndrome had been detected on a dead bat near Seattle, Washington. This is very worrisome for the health of bat populations in British Columbia. The BC Community Bat Program in collaboration with BC government and Wildlife Conservation Society Canada is developing a rapid response to this emerging crisis.


Salmon Enhancement Project on Lynn Creek Estuary Complete

April 6, 2016
North Shore News

Accommodations are cosy, close to nature, and government-subsidized: they’re also for fish.

The District of North Vancouver recently wrapped up work on the Lynn Creek estuary leading to Burrard Inlet in the hopes of creating a refuge for juvenile fish and spawning salmon.

The DNV project was done in partnership with the City of North Vancouver, Port Metro Vancouver, the BCIT Rivers Institute and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. Fisheries and Oceans Canada made the biggest contribution with $100,000 while the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation chipped in with $50,000. 


Crossbow Hunter Faces Jail and Hefty Fine

March 24, 2016
Penticton Western News

A man who shot a pregnant doe out of season with a crossbow is facing jail time and a hefty fine. A large portion of Thurston’s fine is going towards the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, supporting fish and wildlife conservation projects in B.C.


BC Mining and Mineral Company Fined $3.4M for Polluting the Environment

March 8, 2016
Kelowna Now

A B.C. mining and mineral development company has been convicted of two environmental management act violations in the BC Interior.




Teck Fine Potential Conservation Windfall

March 3, 2016
MyNelsonNow.com - Juice 103.5 FM

No one wants to see environmental pollution, but our community should take some comfort that a mechanism exists in law to address that.
This from Brian Springinotic, the CEO of BC’s Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.
It will receive a near $400,000 windfall as part of the $3.4 million fine handed to Teck Metals Limited this week for several spills into the Columbia River.

Abuse of grasslands 'appalling,' club says

March 2, 2016
Kamloops News

Abuse of grasslands in the Dewdrop ecological reserve has grown exponentially and demands a concerted effort to protect fragile habitat, say local naturalists.

B.C. conservation officers looking for illegally hunted ram

March 2, 2016
Alaska Highway News

A Moberly Lake man has been ordered to pay $4,500 in fines after illegally killing a stone sheep near Smithers—the head of which has allegedly been stolen.



B.C. conservation officers looking for illegally hunted ram

March 1, 2016
Terrace Standard

A man convicted of hunting illegally in the Spatsizi Provincial Park was ordered by court to turn over the ram he killed but said he couldn't because it had been stolen.



Teck Fined $3.4 million


March 1, 2016

Trail Times


Teck Trail Operations was penalized $3.4 million in Rossland Provincial Court on Monday. $390,000 will be directed to the Habitat Conservation Trust Fund.

Wanted: Public reports on local bat activity

Feb 24, 2016
Arrow Lakes News
Castlegar Source


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posted Feb 24, 2016 at 11:00 PM
Our local bats are gone for the winter and their whereabouts are currently unknown in the Kootenay region. Biologists are requesting reports from citizens of bats found hibernating during the cold season.




B.C. government urged to stop spread of deadly diseases to wild bighorns

Feb 15, 2016
Vancouver Sun

Foreign trophy hunters pay up to $20,000, or more, to shoot a wild bighorn in B.C. Hunting fees collected through the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation fund a coordinator for a “sheep separation program” that seeks solutions in individual cases in addition to other initiatives by hunting organizations.


NHL Player’s Father Speaks Out about B.C. Bear Killing

January 29, 2016
Kelowna Now


On January 27th Stoner was found guilty of hunting a grizzly bear without a license. The hockey player was fined under the BC Wildlife Act $4,000.00, ordered to pay $6,000.00 to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, and he was given a three year hunting prohibition.

Mission Creek Restoration Initiative set to complete first phase of widening of Mission Creek

Jan 21, 2016
Kelowna Capital News

Over the course of a 45 year engineering career, Don Dobson has spent a lot of time working with rivers and streams, working to control flows. Much of the work in the early part of his career was spent containing water flows in places like Chilliwack and Steveston, where he worked on dikes on the Fraser River.But now Dobson is seeing a significant change in his work and it's directly happening here in Kelowna as a large group of community partners works to try to restore Mission Creek to a more natural flow.


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