BC Conservation Officer Service, Crown Prosecutors and the Judiciary of BC
HCTF is named as a potential recipient of creative sentencing awards in 5 different environmental statutes. Creative sentencing enables judges to use sentencing alternatives beyond the traditional options of fines, penalties and imprisonment. Under this approach, courts can order offenders to make payments to HCTF, who will then invest those funds into conservation projects. To date, the Foundation has invested over $3.5 million creative sentencing dollars into conservation projects throughout the province. You can read more about projects we’ve supported using court awarded funds in the Investing with Revenue from Creative Sentencing report (see Publications).
Caribou Habitat Restoration Fund
In 2018, the Province of British Columbia announced it would provide the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation with $2 million dollars to create the Caribou Habitat Restoration Fund. This purpose of this fund is to restore high-use caribou habitat in British Columbia using functional and ecological restoration methods. You can find out about projects currently funded by this program here.
Conservation Lands Management and Land Stewardship Granting Programs
In 2008, the Province of BC provided HCTF with a $9 million dollar endowment for the operations and management of BC conservation lands. The interest on $6 million of this endowment and other funding sources are used to generate over a half million of funding per year to manage wildlife habitat on over 120 conservation properties owned by the Province or leased to the Province by the Nature Trust of BC.
The other $3 million dollars of the endowment fund provides funding for conservation lands owned by provincial, regional or local land trusts under our Land Stewardship Grant program (link). Our first intake of this grant in 2017 provided $300,000 for land management over three years at 12 properties across the province. One example property is the Quintal Floodplain in the South Okanagan owned by Ducks Unlimited Canada, where funds have been used for invasive species management and planting of native species to improve habitat in restored wetlands.
Invasive Mussel Monitoring Program
In 2017, the Province of British Columbia announced it would provide $450,000 over three years to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation to manage the invasive mussels lake monitoring program.
This program provides grants to organizations for sampling BC lakes and rivers to test for the presence of zebra and quagga mussels. These are two freshwater invasive species that are not currently found in BC, but pose significant environmental and economic risks if introduced. You can find out more about this program here.
In 2018, BC Parks announced it would contribute revenue from the sale and renewal of speciality licence plates to HCTF’s GO Grants program. GO Grants provide funding for school field trips to provincial parks, and other natural areas, so students can learn about B.C.’s fish and wildlife habitats. BC Parks has committed $115,000 in funding for the program to date, supporting over 5700 students’ outdoor learning experiences.