HCTF in the News

Applications open for Caribou Habitat Restoration Fund

December 5, 2018
Penticton Western News, Keremeos Review

The public is now invited to apply for the Caribou Habitat Restoration Fund, a $2 million grant from the province to the Habitat Conservation Trust Fund (HCTF) to aid in caribou habitat restoration.

Partnership means important research for mule deer

December 3, 2018
Penticton Western News, Summerland Review

Thanks to the renewal of the partnership between HCTF and FESBC, local researchers are able to continue their work studying mule deer populations in the Okanagan.

Hunters fined $14,000 for illegal harvesting

November 25, 2018
Castlegar News, BC Local News

Two hunters have been ordered to pay more than $14,000 in fines over the harvesting of two bighorn sheep on mining property in the Elk Valley, $13,800 of which will go to HCTF. 

Study aims to shed light on elusive wolverine in B.C.’s South Coast

The Canadian Press November 19, 2018

As published on CBC, The Daily Courier, The Province, Topix, Prince George Citizen, and the Globe and Mail

A new project aims to find out more about the life and lifestyle of the ghost of the deep forests of British Columbia, the wolverine.

Sea to Sky wolverine project aims to find out more about shy creature

Squamish Chief, November 17, 2018

Most Squamish residents have likely never encountered the shy wolverine, but they are at home in our higher elevations and dense forests. A new project is examining home ranges, seasonal movements, and habitat of wolverines on the south coast.

HCTF & FESBC Strengthen Conservation Partnership with $3 Million Commitment

Nelson Daily November 9, 2018

The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) and the Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC) announced the renewal of their partnership to support wildlife habitat projects in BC. One of the projects included is being conducted in the East Kootenay, the Bull River Project.

Funding for wildlife habitat

Castanet, November 6, 2018

The Forest Enhancement Society of B.C. has announced it is renewing its partnership with the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, funding more projects to support wildlife habitat.

HCTF & FESBC Strengthen Partnership

Tree Frog Creative, November 6, 2018

The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) and the Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC) are pleased to announce the renewal of their partnership.

Cariboo lakes confirmed clear of invasive mussels after testing

Williams Lake Tribune, Quesnel Cariboo Observer, November 4, 2018

The Invasive Species Council of BC completed its initial year of invasive mussel sampling in seven Cariboo Lakes. There were no detections of invasive mussels in the Cariboo; BC remains provincially mussel-free.

Okanagan winery to restore wetlands

October 5, 2018
Summerland Review

The Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship Society (OSSS) is partnering with the Okanagan Crush Pad Winery to restore seven acres of creekside forest and floodplain habitat along Eneas creek.

Sayward man guiding without a license ordered to pay $10,000 to conservation fund; $100 in fine

October 3, 2018
Campbell River Mirror

October 5, 2018
My Comox Valley Now

On Oct. 1, a Sayward man entered a guilty plea for one count of guiding for game without a licence, contrary to the BC Wildlife Act. He received a $100 fine and was also ordered to pay $10,000 to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF).

The Caribou Guardians

September 13, 2018
The Narwhal

In a quiet pen in B.C.’s northeast corner, pregnant caribou cows and their calves are fed hand-picked old growth lichen, provided 24-hour armed security and are the subject of one of Canada’s boldest and most experimental efforts to save a species from extinction.

Radium Resort enters guilty pleas to toxic fire charges

September 5, 2018
Columbia Valley Pioneer

On Monday, August 13th, Radium Resort pled guilty to two charges related to a toxic fire on their property in February 2016. The fire started with permission from the BC Wildfire Service as a controlled burn of two wood piles. But when Radium Resort left the fire unattended, it spread to a contentious pile of construction waste.

Resort Fined $200K for Fires

August 30, 2018

A resort in Radium B.C. has pleaded guilty to environmental violations and has been fined $200,000 for the toxic burning of demolition waste. The majority of the $200,000 penalty — $190,000 — will go to the Habitat Conservation Trust Initiative.

Learning about conservation in the Kootenays

August 14, 2018
East Kootenay Online Weekly

Throughout the summer young people are working hard to care for conservation lands as part of The Nature Trust of BC Conservation Youth Crews.

Got Bats in Your Belfry?

August 13, 2018
Delta Optimist

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. 


LWQS now testing Osoyoos Lake for invasive mussels

August 7, 2018
Osoyoos Times

The Osoyoos Lake Water Quality Society (OLWQS) has started testing the lake for the larvae of invasive zebra and quagga mussels.

Partnership helps protect baby toads from being trampled near Ucluelet

August 7, 2018
Tofino- Ucluelet Westerly News

The Toquaht First Nation has partnered with the Wetland Stewards for Clayoquot and Barkley Sound to protect baby toads from being trampled at an abandoned mine site that’s become a popular recreation destination.

Armed with funding from B.C.’s Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, the partners have installed barriers and educational signage around Cadillac Lake, where tiny western toadlets, roughly the size of a fingernail, are emerging and making their way to the forest.

Learn to Fish introductions being offered in Cariboo

August 2, 2018
Williams Lake Tribune

The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC is inviting families to expand their outdoor adventure horizons with free family fishing activities throughout the Cariboo.

See also: Bring the family to learn to fish – Times Colonist

Learn to fish at Martha Creek tomorrow with the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC – Revelstoke Review

Free Family fishing activities throughout Thompson Okanagan – Salmon Arm Observer

Grant boosts battle to keep invasive mussels out of Okanagan lakes

July 25, 2018
Kelowna Capital News, Summerland Review

The battle to keep invasive mussels from getting into Okanagan lakes is getting an injection of support.

The Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society received a grant from the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation for $17,500 to support the monitoring of five Okanagan lakes for zebra and quagga mussels.

Penticton Creek : One Section at a Time

July 24, 2018
Penticton Western News

Work is scheduled to resume on the restoration of Penticton Creek later this week.

Work will take place during the fisheries window, starting July 28 and continuing from where work on the 2015 showcase project left off. This section of the project, covering about 80 metres, will complete the restoration between Ellis Street bridge and the Nanaimo Avenue bridge.

Conservationists struggle to save western toadlets making perilous migration in Chilliwack

July 11, 2018
Vancouver Sun

It is one of the greatest, if tiniest, terrestrial migrations in North America, an estimated 100,000 western toadlets making their annual, overland trek from the pond of their birth in Chilliwack, across a farm pasture, and into a bordering forest.

Have you Seen Barn Swallows Nesting?

July 5, 2018
Coast Reporter

The Sunshine Coast Wildlife Project (SCWP) is asking for the community’s help in documenting barn swallow nest sites.


Specialty BC Parks licence plates have sold much faster than anticipated

June 26, 2018
The Ashcroft-Cache Creek Journal

Drivers around the province cannot fail to have noticed many vehicles sporting the BC Parks licence plates that were introduced in January 2017, with all net profits from the sale and renewal fees ($50 and $40 respectively) reinvested in B.C.’s provincial parks through the Parks Enhancement Fund. BC Parks is also contributing $30,000 from sales of the specialty plates to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation’s (HCTF) GO Grants Program.

See also 

BC Parks reaches milestone for specialty licence plate sales – Voice Online

BC Parks Plates Net $2.3M – Castanet


June 22, 2018
Campbell River Mirror

Nine Grade 12 students from Carihi secondary school were recently given an experiential educational opportunity: a trip to the Cedar Coast Field Station on Vargas Island, B.C. Grants from the Pacific Salmon Foundation and Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation made this trip possible.


Plan to safeguard Kitimat River trout proposed

May 31, 2018
Terrace Standard

Provincial fisheries officials are contemplating both fishing and bait ban extensions on the Kitimat River at certain times of the year to safeguard its coastal cutthroat population.

Quesnel Lake fish study gets green light to continue critical work

May 29, 2018
Williams Lake Tribune

Biologists examining the effects of angling pressures on resident rainbow, bull and lake trout in Quesnel Lake have been given the green light to carry on their critical work.
Lee Williston, study leader and senior fisheries biologist with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, said he is very pleased the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation has approved funding for the continuation of the Quesnel Lake tag-telemetry study.


Seeking volunteers and roosts for BC Bat Counts


May 22 2018

East Kootenay News Online Weekly


The Kootenay Community Bat Program (KCBP) is seeking volunteers and bat colonies for the Annual Bat Count.

See also:

KCBP seeking volunteers and roosts for annual BC Bat Counts – Kimberley Bulletin

Kootenay Community Bat Program seeks volunteers for count – The Nelson Daily

Kootenay Community Bat Program seeking volunteers – Revelstoke Review

Bat-count volunteers sought for White Rock area – North Delta Reporter

Seeking Volunteers and Roosts for BC Bat Counts – The Interior News


Citizen science project encourages kids to learn more about pollinators


May 9, 2018
Richmond News


NatureKids BC has launched a citizen science project encouraging schools, families and nature clubs across the province to collect data on local pollinators.

Big Lake elementary goes ‘wild’

May 8, 2018
The Williams Lake Tribune


The elementary school has just had their application to be a “Wild School” for the 2018-2019 school year approved by the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.


Premier announces purchase, dedication of Cowichan’s Eagle Heights as park

May 3, 2018
Cowichan Valley Citizen

Premier John Horgan, Environment Minister George Heyman, and Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau shared the announcement Thursday, May 3 that 144 hectares of land called Eagle Heights near the Koksilah River will be protected. The province purchased the land for $7.15 million, supported by a $400,000 contribution from the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, via the CVRD, and a $225,000 contribution from the Cowichan Community Land Trust.

See also:

B.C. acquires 144 hectares of protected park land near Shawnigan Lake – CTV News Vancouver Island

B.C. buys ecologically sensitive plot in Cowichan Valley – Times Colonist

B.C. government buys six new parks for $10 million, largest on Vancouver Island -CHEK News

Province Protects 190 Hectares of Land in Six New Parks – Juice FM

Province Buys 17 ha for Kikomun Creek –  E-Know

VIDEO: Grassland, old-growth Douglas fir forest, limestone karst features all protected at Eagle Heights – Cowichan Valley Citizen

Adding to the Outdoor Inventory – The Nelson Daily 

Turtles are hatching

April 26, 2018
Coast Reporter

Residents living in Pender Harbour and visitors to the region’s many lakes are asked to keep their eyes open for one of the most wonderful signs of spring: tiny baby turtles emerging from their underground nests.

Where Are The Deer Going?

April 20, 2018

A new study into declining mule deer populations has had a successful start so far, collaring over 50 deer for tracking and monitoring.

Friends of Churn Creek invite new members, those interested to AGM

April 19, 2018
The Williams Lake Tribune

After a year of disruption, the Friends of Churn Creek are preparing for a new season.
The group, thanks to partnerships with B.C. Parks, the Cariboo Chilcotin Restoration Committee, the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation and volunteers, has been working for several years to reduce encroaching trees, trees that normally and somewhat ironically, would be cleared by wildfires to protect the grasslands.


White-nose syndrome creeps closer to B.C.

April 18, 2018
Bridge River Lillooet News

Reporting dead bats may help save the lives of our B.C. bats.

The B.C. Community Bat Program, in collaboration with the Province of B.C., is asking the public to report any dead bats in an effort to determine the distribution of White-Nose Syndrome (WNS).

Province dedicates $2M to help restore caribou habitat

April 13, 2018
Richmond News

The province has granted $2 million to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation to create a Caribou Habitat Restoration Fund.

See also:

BC government provides $2 million in funding to rehabilitate province’s caribou population – Daily Hive

BC pledges $2 million to create Caribou Habitat Restoration Fund – Dawson Creek Mirror

Province grants $2 million to create Caribou Habitat Restoration Fund – BC Gov News

Caribou Habitat Restoration Receives Shot In The Arm From Bc Government – My PG Now

Caribou on the Brink: B.C. Herd Reduced to Three Females Points to Failure to Protect Endangered Species – DeSmog Canada

Forests minister announces $2 million for Caribou Habitat Restoration Fund – CFJC Today

Province spending $2 million to create Caribou Habitat Restoration Fund – Energetic City

Aid for caribou habitats – Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal

Blueberry pollinator pays $40,000 for killing bears attracted to Pitt Meadows bee hives

April 13, 2018
Vancouver Sun

Other enforcement actions listed in the Ministry’s latest quarterly report include Teck Coal and Maxam, an explosives company, were each found guilty of introducing business waste into the environment. Teck pays $200,000, $195,000 of that to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, while Maxam pays $150,000, with $145,000 to the foundation. In July 2014, five bighorn sheep were found dead at Teck’s Greenhills coal facility near Elkford. The sheep had ingested blasting materials.

Tie Lake man fined for killing wildlife

April 12, 2018
Columbia Valley Pioneer

A Tie Lake man has been fined $14,000 and sentenced to hunting and firearms bans for five years after illegally shooting a deer and a black bear in his yard in separate incidents a few years ago.
A percentage of Velba’s fines will be directed to the Habitat Conservation Fund.

See also Tie Lake man paying for Wildlife Act offences – East Kootenay News Online Weekly

White Nose Syndrome monitoring being done in the area

April 12, 2018
Chemainus Valley Courier

The Thetis Island Nature Conservancy is asking for the public’s help with monitoring for White Nose Syndrome in the Chemainus area, and on Thetis and Penelakut Islands.

Reporting dead bats could save the species

March 27, 2018
The Free Press

The BC Community Bat Program, in collaboration with the Province of B.C., is asking the public to report any dead bats in an effort to save the species.

Keep an ear out for rare screech owl

March 22, 2018
Coast Reporter

The Sunshine Coast Wildlife Project is asking for the community’s help in searching for a rare and threatened owl. The adorable coastal western screech owl stands just 7 to 10 inches tall and has yellow eyes and small ear tufts.

River cleanup sets sights on Gill Road messes

March 21, 2018
Chilliwack Progress

It’s time to gather your friends and family, work boots and gloves, and get down to the Fraser River.

B.C. man must donate $8,000 to conservation fund after killing grizzly bear

March 16, 2018
Surrey Leader

A B.C. man has been ordered to pay $8,001 in fines after killing a grizzly bear during a closed season near Powell River.The man was ordered to pay a $1 fine in addition to paying $8,000 to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.

See also:

B.C. hunter ordered to donate $8,000 to wildlife foundation for killing grizzly with bow and arrow – CBC News

BC man ordered to pay $8K in penalties after killing a grizzly bear – Kelowna Now

Man Ordered To Pay Over $8000 for Killing Grizzly Near Powell River – My Comox Valley Now

B.C. bow hunter who mistakenly killed a grizzly ordered to pay $8K fine – Global News

Mistaken identity ends grizzly’s life – Powell River Peak

B.C. man must donate $8,000 to conservation fund after killing grizzly bear – Columbia Valley Pioneer

Fined for killing grizzly – The Canadian Press

Bow hunter ordered to pay $8001 for killing grizzly bear near Powell River – CHEK News

Researchers watching for spread of white nose syndrome

March 12, 2018
Salmon Arm Observer

The simple act of reporting a dead bat may help save the lives of other B.C. bats.

‘This is my identity’: hunter apologizes for illegal meat sale

Mar 5, 2018
Penticton Western News

A prominent Upper Similkameen Indian Band member will have to pay up $2,500 for illegally selling game meat in a case he says has “made me very upset, and I am very remorseful.”
In accordance with the creative sentencing principles of the Wildlife Act, $2,000 of the fine will be diverted to the Habitat Conservation Trust Fund.

See also:

Wildlife trafficking earns BC man minimum $2500 fine – InfoTel News

Fined for Selling Game Meat – Castanet

Opinion: Wetlands essential for sustainable urban future
Feb 5, 2018
Vancouver Sun

This past weekend marked World Wetlands Day, an opportunity to recognize one of the most under-appreciated environmental resources in our region — urban wetlands.

Why hunters and anglers work to protect our natural capital

Feb 4, 2018
The Province

Organizations such as the Habitat Trust Conservation Foundation and the Pacific Salmon Foundation have put hundreds of millions of dollars into thousands of conservation projects across the province.

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
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.

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