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Quesnel Lake Tagging Program Receives Top Honours

Quesnel Lake Tagging Program Receives Top Honours
HCTF Silver Award winner Lee Wiliston's project was recently featured in the  2016 Cariboo-Chilcotin Fishing Guide . Angie Mindus, editor of the Williams Lake Tribune , wrote the following article about the Quesnel Lake tagging program, and has kindly agreed to let us republish the story here.   High-Tech Tagging Program Unravels Mysteries of Quesnel Lake   A five-year study examining the effects of angling pressures on resident rainbow, bull and lake trout in Quesnel Lake has netted a prestigious provincial award, accolades from professionals in the field and critical information to ensure the long-term survival of the species. The Quesnel Lake fish tagging program, which was launched in 2013 in response to public reports of improved fish numbers in the lake and requests to review the restricted fishing regulations, is entering its fourth year and relies on a winning combination of a high tech fish-tracking system and good oldfashioned reporting from anglers. Lee Williston, study leader and senior fisheries biologist with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, said he couldn't be happier with the results. "The knowledge we have gained over the last three years has really exceeded all our expectations:' Williston said. "The number one...
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Clearcut Connectivity Project Receives Silver Award

Clearcut Connectivity Project Receives Silver Award
It was with great pride that HCTF presented its 2014 Silver Award to Dr. Tom Sullivan at the recent BC Trappers Association (BCTA) AGM & Convention in 100 Mile House. Dr. Sullivan received the award in recognition of the outstanding contribution made by his HCTF-funded project, Enhancing Marten and Weasel Habitat on Clearcuts. The project examined whether debris from clearcuts shaped into windrows could provide important habitat for small mammals, thereby mitigating some of the impacts of this forestry practice: you can read more about the project here . Congratulations, Tom, on this well-deserved accolade! The Silver Award was presented at the convention by HCTF Board member Don Wilkins . Don was recently appointed as the BCTA representative on the HCTF Board, replacing Mike Green, who regrettably had to resign for health reasons. Our sincere thanks to the BCTA event organizers for providing us with time on the agenda to present the award, and for allowing us to share some of the great work being funded with their members’ licence surcharges. The next HCTF Silver Award winner will be decided following this year’s Fisheries Evaluation Workshop.  
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Good Neighbours Project Wins HCTF Silver Award

Good Neighbours Project Wins HCTF Silver Award
The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation was pleased to present the Habitat Acquisition Trust (HAT) with a Silver Award for the Good Neighbours Project at their AGM last Wednesday. HAT is a land trust operating in Greater Victoria that aims to help citizens better understand and care for habitats within the region. Their Good Neighbours program assists property owners in meeting their land use needs while simultaneously protecting some of Canada’s rarest habitats. Each year, HAT focuses its outreach services on a different region of Capital Regional District. Their engagement of neighbours and students in science-based demonstration projects benefits local ecosystems and creates lasting networks within communities. The HCTF Silver Award is just the latest accolade for Good Neighbours Program - it has also won a CRD Ecostar Award . For more information on this program and how you can become involved, visit HAT’s website      
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HCTF Presents Silver Award at Stewardship Evaluation Workshop

HCTF Presents Silver Award at Stewardship Evaluation Workshop
The 2013 HCTF Stewardship Evaluation Workshop brought together an inspiring group of some of BC's leaders in stewardship and environmental engagement. Participants presented the results of their HCTF-funded projects, providing great examples of how licence surcharge money is being used to change behaviors and truly make a difference for conservation in BC. In additiona to providing an excellent forum for exchanging ideas about stewardship, the workshop was also a golden opportunity for HCTF to present a Silver Award to one of the participants. Board Chair Harvey Andrusak presented a Silver Award to Barb Beasley for her work in protecting native frog populations. Barb's project initiated the construction of a highway underpass system to prevent frogs and other animals from being crushed by vehicles while migrating across roads. The project may not have moved mountains, but it certainly moved highways and close to forty tons of concrete to create safe passage for frogs and salamanders. You can read more about the " Conserving Amphibian Populations & Connecting Habitats Across Roads " project in our project profiles section, and visit Barb's blog for a full account of tunnel installation, along with some recent project updates. HCTF Evaluation Workshops are held annually, alternating...
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Urban Lakes Development Program Presented With HCTF Silver Award

Urban Lakes Development Program Presented With HCTF Silver Award
An HCTF Silver Award was presented to the Vancouver Island Urban Lakes Fisheries Development Program this week in recognition of its efforts to increase angler participation by improving fishing infrastructure at lakes near urban centres. Scott Silvestri of MFLRNO leads the project, which has already received over $75,000 in grants from HCTF, with another $54,000 committed for 2013-14. By bringing together local governments, granting organizations and fish & game clubs, Scott and his team have made great strides in improving access to a number of fishing locations around the island while keeping costs to a minimum. The Urban Lakes project is currently in its third and final year of funding. Infrastructure projects already complete include: • Newly-constructed fishing floats, ramps and trails at Durrance Lake , Diver Lake and Westwood Lake . • New fishing floats at Fuller Lake and Mayo Lake . • Repairs to the walkway of the fishing float at Chemainus Lake . • Development of a car-top boat launch for Quennell Lake . • Improvements to the boat launch at Spider Lake . Click here to view the locations of these projects on a map. A number of potential infrastructure projects have been identified for 2013-14...
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