INVESTING IN BC CONSERVATION SINCE 1981

The Caribou Habitat Restoration Fund (CHRF) is managed by the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation for the purpose of restoring high-value habitat for caribou in BC using functional and ecological restoration methods. The CHRF is made possible by a contribution from the Province of BC.

 

Who can apply for funding from the CHRF?

Any individual or organization capable of restoring habitat for caribou in British Columbia. In order to maximize the benefits for caribou using the funds available, the Province has identified priority herds and developed guidelines for selecting restoration areas and activities that will benefit these herds.

How much money can an application request?

There is no upper limit to the amount of money an application can request, however, keep in mind that HCTF’s goal is to allocate this money to habitat restoration projects that, in aggregate, will provide the maximum benefit to caribou. Priority will be given to projects that secure significant partner contributions (cash and in-kind).

Which herd ranges will be prioritized for restoration funding?

The Province of BC requires a coordinated and strategic approach to restoring caribou habitat. The Province has identified the following high and medium-priority herd ranges for caribou habitat restoration proposals submitted for the 2021-22 funding cycle:

High-priority herds for 2021-22 habitat restoration projects

Barkerville
Klinse-Za (Moberly)
Narraway
Narrow Lake
North Cariboo
Quintette
Scott
Telkwa
Wells Gray North

Medium-priority herds for 2021-22 habitat restoration projects

Burnt Pine
Calendar
Central Selkirks (Nakusp and Duncan)
Charlotte Alplands
Chase
Chinchaga
Graham
Groundhog
Hart Ranges
Itcha-Ilgachuz
Maxhamish
Muskwa
Pink Mountain
Rainbows
Snake-Sahtahneh
Takla
Tweedsmuir – Entiako
Wells Gray South
Westside (formally Prophet and Parker)
Wolverine

In determining high and medium priorities for restoration, the Province considers the following factors: designatable unit, federal and BC listing, herd status, level of industrial exploration and development, other recovery actions already occurring within the range (e.g. habitat protection), existing government direction (e.g., existing strategic or tactical plan that identifies restoration as a priority). For the 2021-22 funding cycle, applicants are required to focus on these high or medium priority herd ranges to maximize benefits to caribou and caribou habitat.

 

Which areas within these herd ranges should be prioritized for restoration?

High-use* and high-value caribou areas: areas used by caribou where development has resulted in increased use of the area by primary prey and their predators (overlap with telemetry/observed caribou locations, including knowledge of habitat use patterns based on TEK or telemetry data).

  • Focus on areas that will improve core habitat, are adjacent to intact habitat or where another caribou habitat restoration project is planned. This will help create large contiguous areas of caribou habitat with minimal disturbance.
  • Focus on areas already under some form of habitat protection.
  • Focus on areas of high predation risk: movement corridors or known overlaps with predators in historical caribou refuge areas (e.g. peatlands or areas adjacent to peatlands).
  • Focus on areas with low potential future industrial and recreational disturbance (areas with low tenure activity and low potential for future disturbance). It is the applicant’s responsibility to determine land status and constraints (e.g. overlapping tenures) and engage with affected stakeholders and Indigenous Nations.
  • Focus on areas accessible for restoration.
  • Focus on areas where a coordinated access management plan has been developed or is underway.
  • Focus on sites that are available for treatment (i.e. not under active disposition or provincial designation, such as a designated recreational trail) and that are not permanent disturbance features.
  • Focus on sites that are unlikely to regenerate naturally without intervention.

*Telemetry, census, observational data, Traditional Ecological Knowledge

What type of restoration projects within these areas will be prioritized for funding?

For this funding cycle, priority will be given to functional restoration projects that will reduce the use of linear features by predators and people so as to reduce caribou mortality in the short term. Ecological restoration is important to meet the long-term goals at many sites and can be done in conjunction with functional restoration.

  • Focus on the functional restoration of roads or other linear features adjacent or leading to areas of intact, high-value caribou habitat.
  • Focus on treating disturbance features where natural vegetation recovery is not occurring, or is limited, with the treatment focused on the site-specific limiting factor.
  • Focus on reducing the suitability of matrix habitat for primary prey such as planting or treating areas with high shrub production.

Please ensure you have reviewed the Eligible Activities List and understand the activities that are eligible for funding under this program.

CHRF Eligible Activities List

Additional Considerations

  • Proposed activities must not be part of an existing statutory/legal obligation.
  • Implementation of proposed treatments should not result in additional habitat disturbance.
  • Mitigation must be undertaken to minimize the environmental impact of treatments, such as archaeological resources, watercourse crossings, minimizing impacts on other Species at Risk, etc. It is the proponent’s responsibility to ensure appropriate permitting is in place.
  • Collaboration between the applicant and the affected regions (i.e. biologist contacts) must occur (concept to delivery) when the proposed project spans regional boundaries.
  • The Province is currently developing an Operational Framework for Woodland Caribou habitat restoration in British Columbia to provide guidance for the planning, implementation, and monitoring of caribou habitat restoration initiatives in BC. The Framework will provide a comprehensive approach for restoration efforts to support those who may be involved in the implementation and monitoring of habitat restoration. The framework is not yet complete, but the Province has created an interim summary document with information relevant proponents submitting applications for CHRF funding this cycle. Please review this document prior to beginning your application.
  • In response to requests for additional guidance around monitoring expectations, HCTF has created a CHRF project monitoring guidance document for proponents to assist with planning this component of your project. You can download the guidance document below.

CHRF Project Monitoring Guidance

Discussion with Regional Caribou Biologist

As part of the CHRF application process (see “Application” tab), applicants must discuss their project with the government caribou biologist for the region where the project will take place. Their contact details are available in the table below. These individuals will be able to (1) confirm whether caribou restoration plans are available within the region to further inform proposals, and (2) to confirm the caribou, predator and other region-specific information.

Region Government Biologist Name Email Phone
North East Scott Schilds scott.schilds@gov.bc.ca 250-261-2054
Skeena Barb Anderson Barbara.Anderson@gov.bc.ca 778-693-3202
Omineca Barb Anderson Barbara.Anderson@gov.bc.ca 778-693-3202
Kootenays Aaron Reid Aaron.Reid@gov.bc.ca 250-354-6392
Thompson-Okanagan Bevan Ernst Bevan.Ernst@gov.bc.ca 250-371-6273
Cariboo-Chilcotin Carolyn Shores Carolyn.Shores@gov.bc.ca 250-302-3507

 


Currently Funded CHRF Projects

  • Currently Funded Project List

    The following projects have received funding from the CHRF:

    2020-21 CHRF Grant Recipients

    Middle-Upper Bigmouth Creek (Project #4-621)

    • Led by Yucwmenlucwu (Caretakers of the Land) LLP
    • Designed to benefit the Columbia North herd Kootenay Region (130 km north of Revelstoke)
    • This project is planning the restoration of an additional 11.5 km of road in the Bigmouth valley
    • Approved for $33,217 for 2020-21
    • For more information, contact Corey Bird, Yucwmenlucwu (Caretakers of the Land) LLP
      Email bird@splatsindc.com

     

    Ulkatcho (Project #5-318)

    • Led by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resources and Rural Development (MFLNRORD)
    • Designed to benefit the Itcha-Ilgachuz herd in the Cariboo Region (~30 km south east of Anahim Lake)
    • Project will plant trees and creating barriers along roads to deter predator movement
    • Approved for $314,572 for 2020-21

    Tweedsmuir Caribou Winter Range – Chelaslie Road Restoration (Project #6-283)

    • Led by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resources and Rural Development (MFLNRORD)
    • Designed to benefit the Tweedsmuir-Entiako caribou (TEC) herd in the Skeena Region (60 km south of Burns Lake)
    • Project will create barriers along roads to deter predator movement, plant trees and transplant lichen (a preferred food source of caribou)
    • Approved for $385,960 for 2020-21
    • For more information, contact Anne-Marie Roberts, MFLNRORD
      Email roberts@gov.bc.ca

     

    Amoco Road Restoration (Project #7-528)

    • Led by the Nîkanêse Wah tzee Stewardship Society
    • Designed to benefit the Moberly (Klinse-Za) and Scott East caribou herds in the Northeast Region (56 km west of Chetwynd)
    • Project will plant trees and create barriers along a road built for oil and gas exploration
    • Approved for $53,150 for 2020-21

    Kotcho Lake Restoration Area (Project #7-529)

    • Led by the Fort Nelson First Nation Lands Department
    • Designed to benefit the Snake-Sahtahneh caribou herd in the Northeast region (approximately 80 km northeast of Fort Nelson)
    • Project will limit predator use of legacy seismic lines (corridors cleared of vegetation for oil and gas exploration) and replant areas to increase habitat suitability for caribou
    • Approved for $164,780 for 2020-21
    • For more information, contactKatherine Wolfenden, Fort Nelson First Nation Lands Department Email kwolfenden@fnnation.ca

     

    Peck Creek-Upper Carbon (Project #7-543)

    • Led by the Nîkanêse Wah tzee Stewardship Society
    • Designed to benefit the Moberly (Klinse-Za) and Scott East caribou herds in the Northeast Region (54 km northeast of Mackenzie)
    • This project aims to restore 14 km of road to a more natural state by planting trees and using other techniques to reduce its use by people and predators
    • Approved for $123,865 for 2020-21

     

    Doonan Creek (Project #7-544)

    • Project led by the Nîkanêse Wah tzee Stewardship Society
    • Designed to benefit the Moberly (Klinse-Za) and Scott East caribou herds in the Northeast Region (35 km northeast of Mackenzie BC)
    • This project aims to restore 1.6 km of road to a more natural state by planting trees and using other techniques to reduce its use by people and predators
    • Approved for $15,164 for 2020-21

     

    2019-20 CHRF Grant Recipients

    Kotcho Lake Restoration Area (Project #6-284)

      • Project led by the Fort Nelson First Nation Lands Office
      • Northeast region (approximately 80 km northeast of Fort Nelson)
      • This project is designed to benefit the Snake-Sahtahneh caribou herd by limiting predator use of legacy seismic lines and using revegetation to increase habitat suitability for caribou.
      • Approved for $257,950.
      • For more information, contact Katherine Capot-Blanc, Fort Nelson First Nation Lands Office
        Email capotblanc@fnnation.ca Phone: 250-774-6313

    Caribou Flats (Project #7-531)

      • Project led by Chu Cho Environmental LLP
      • Omineca Region (165 km south west of Tsay Keh Dene)
      • This project is designed to benefit the Chase caribou herd by restoring 10 km of forestry roads using functional and ecological restoration techniques.
      • Approved for $182,295
      • For more information, contact Sean Rapai, Chu Cho Environmental LLP.
        Email Sean@chuchoenvironmental.com Phone: 226-203-0703

    Clisbako Caribou Rehabilitation Project (Project #5-317)

      • Project led by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resources and Rural Development (MFLNRORD)
      • Cariboo Region (20 km from the community of Kluskus )
      • This project is designed to benefit Itcha-Ilgachuz caribou herd by rehabilitating roads to reduce predator travel efficiency.
      • Approved for $38,400
      • For more information, contact Christine Unghy, MFLNRORD
        Email Christine.unghy@gov.bc.ca Phone: 250-991-7274
    • Whitesail Reach (Project #6-282)

      • Project led by the Society for Ecological Restoration in Northern British Columbia (SERNbc)
      • Skeena Region (80 km south of Houston)
      • This project is designed to benefit Tweedsmuir‐Entiako herd by clearing debris from the shore line of calving islands on Whitesail Lake.
      • Approved for $55,000
      • For more information, contact Marc Steynen, SERNbc
        Email Steynen@sernbc.ca Phone: 250-643-3433
    • Amoco Road Restoration (Project #7-528)

      • Project led by the Nîkanêse Wah tzee Stewardship Society
      • North East Region (56 km west of Chetwynd)
      • Approved for $98,841
      • This project is designed to benefit the Moberly (Klinse-Za) and Scott caribou herds using functional restoration treatments on a road built for oil and gas exploration.
    • Ulkatcho (Project #5-318)

      • Project led by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resources and Rural Development (MFLNRORD)
      • Cariboo Region (~30 km south east of Anahim Lake)
      • Designed to benefit the Itcha-Ilgachuz herd by rehabilitating roads to deter predator movement.
      • Approved for $82,782
      • For more information, contact Ayrilee McCoubrey, MFLNRORD
        Email Ayrilee.McCoubrey@gov.bc.ca Phone: 250-398-4574
    • Black Creek/Pickell Creek Area (Project #7-526)

      • Project led by Blueberry River First Nation
      • North East Region (140 km north of Fort St. John)
      • This project is designed to benefit the Chinchaga caribou herd by restoring legacy seismic lines.
      • Approved for $184,730
      • For more information, contact Jane Calvert, Blueberry River First Nations
        Email jcalvert@blueberryfn.ca Phone: 250-630-2584
    • Adams Groundhog Road Rehabilitation & Reforestation (Project #3-422)

      • Project led by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resources and Rural Development
      • Thompson Region (Upper Adams River Valley)
      • This project is designed to benefit the Groundhog caribou herd through forestry road rehabilitation and treatment of cutblocks.
      • Approved for $123,100
      • For more information, contact Doug Lewis, MFLNRORD
        Email w.lewis@gov.bc.ca Phone: 250-371-6245

    Otter (Project #7-530)

      • Project led by Canadian Forest Products Ltd.
      • Omineca Region (NE of Prince George)
      • This project is designed to benefit the Hart Ranges caribou herd by rehabilitating approximately 6 km of road, restoring connectivity between two areas of intact habitat.
      • Approved for $42,960
      • For more information, contact Kari Stuart-Smith, Canadian Forest Products Ltd.
        Email stuart-smith@canfor.com Phone: 250-426-9380

    Tumuch (Project #7-534)

      • Project led by Canadian Forest Products Ltd.
      • Omineca Region (SE of Prince George)
      • This project is designed to benefit the North Cariboo caribou herdthrough the rehabilitation of over 12 km of road.
      • Approved for $88,430
      • For more information, contact Kari Stuart-Smith, Canadian Forest Products Ltd.
        Email kari.stuart-smith@canfor.com Phone: 250-426-9380

     


Questions? Please contact Shannon West.

 

The deadline to submit a Caribou Habitat Restoration Fund (CHRF) application is Friday November 6th, 2020 at 4:30pm (PST). HCTF has launched a new online application system Survey Apply. This new cloud-based system will provide significant improvements by streamlining workflow and adding automated services to increase convenience for applicants. Please visit our FAQ page to find useful tips and guidance to get started on Survey Apply.Before beginning your online application, we strongly recommend that you draft your application using the CHRF Application Worksheets below. Please note that all applications must be submitted online using Survey Apply. HCTF cannot accept applications by email.

Please note: CHRF funding is specifically for projects actively restoring caribou habitat in BC. If you are seeking funding for another type of caribou conservation project, please see our Enhancement and Restoration grant page or contact Shannon West for clarification.

 

CHRF Application Process

Please read through all of the following information before beginning your application. Even if you’ve completed a CHRF application before, there are some changes to the process and forms for this cycle.

 

1) Ensure you’ve read and understand all of the information in the “Overview” tab.

2) Download the version of the 2021-22 CHRF Proposal Writing Instructions & Worksheet Word document that’s appropriate for your project.

Projects that have never received CHRF funding before should use the version for “New Projects“.
Projects that have received CHRF funding before should use the version for “Continuing Projects“.
Both types of projects will use the same form in the online application system, but will be presented with different question sets depending on whether they are “New” or “Continuing”.

You aren’t required to submit copies of the worksheets with your proposal and can compose your answers directly in the online form if you prefer. However, we do ask that you read all of the instructions in the Word documents as they provide additional detail to those provided in the online form.

Refer to the Review tab to learn how your application will be assessed, and keep this in mind as you plan your proposal.

CHRF Proposal Writing Instructions & Worksheet for NEW projects

CHRF Proposal Writing Instructions & Worksheet for CONTINUING projects

 

3) Download the 2021-22 CHRF Activity & Budget Detail Spreadsheet, Instructions, and Sample.

The Excel spreadsheet is where you’ll provide details on your proposed activities for 2021-22, their expected outcomes, and the amount of money you are requesting from HCTF. Please review the instructions and sample document before filling out this spreadsheet. You will upload the completed spreadsheet in the online application system.

CHRF Activity & Budget Detail Spreadsheet

 

4) Read the Instructions for Preparing your Map, Shapefiles and Other Supporting Documents

As part of your application, you will need to submit a map and shapefile. Please download and review the instructions below.

Instructions for Maps, Shapefiles and Other Supporting Documents

 

5) Read our FAQs for instructions on using the online application system to submit your proposal.

FAQ Page

6) Complete and submit your application using Survey Apply.

Please note that all applications must be submitted online using Survey Apply. HCTF cannot accept applications by email.

Apply Online

The deadline for submitting your proposal is 4:30 PM PST on Friday, November 6, 2020.

Questions?

Questions about the application process can be directed to Shannon West by telephone (250 940 9789) or by emailing shannon.west@hctf.ca.

How will proposals be evaluated?

Applications received by the deadline will be evaluated by a technical review committee composed of caribou habitat restoration experts and the HCTF Board of Directors. Evaluation criteria considered in the review of CHRF applications include:

  • Do the activities address impacts to caribou habitat from anthropogenic causes?
  • Do the proposed activities support caribou habitat restoration only?
  • Are the proposed activities eligible for funding as specified in the Eligible Activities list for this program?
  • Will the restoration activities benefit high- or medium-priority caribou herds as identified by the Province for this cycle?
  • Will the activities contribute to areas of intact habitat or recent/planned restoration?
  • Is the scope of restoration activities sufficient to result in significant habitat gains for caribou?
  • Are the proposed restoration sites accessible and available for restoration?
  • Are the works sufficiently described to ascertain whether they will specifically address impacts to caribou habitat from anthropogenic causes?
  • Are the appropriate methods being recommended to achieve the desired results?
  • Is the site unlikely to regenerate naturally within a timeframe adequate for caribou conservation?
  • What is the risk that the resulting habitat benefits of this work will be negated by future disturbance?
  • Does the proposal describe implications for or effects on other species?
  • Are the project’s objectives reasonable within the given timeframe?
  • Are the costs for activities reasonable?
  • What permits/authorizations are required for this work? Are plans in place to obtain these permits and authorizations?
  • Are the proposed activities part of a multi-year project that is already underway? If yes, have the results of that work been positive thus far?
  • Is the organization submitting the proposal capable of delivering the project?
  • Does the proposal have First Nations involvement?
  • Does the project have partner/co-funding support?
  • Does the proposal describe probable public support or opposition to the activities?
  • Does the proposal identify practical, specific, measurable indicators of success and a plan for monitoring results?
  • Does the proposal include baseline data (or a plan to collect baseline data) that will allow for measurement of results?

The HCTF Board of Directors will review the recommendations of the technical review committee and make final funding decisions in March. Proponents will be notified about the status of their proposals shortly thereafter.

What happens next?

Approved proposals will be mailed a Conditional Grant Agreement. This will need to be signed and returned to HCTF prior to the first payment installment cheque being issued. Proposed project activities can begin on April 1st of the year in which they are approved. If a proposal is approved subject to funding condition, that funding condition must be met prior to commencing any work. Note that HCTF funds multi-year projects one year at a time – if you would like funding for future years of a project, you must submit a continuing application each year. Each fiscal year’s project activities must be complete by March 31st. Grant Reports are due annually on April 15th.

In recognition of the recent pressures placed on current HCTF grant recipients in the ongoing efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 we have automatically extended this year’s deadline for submitting grant reports to June 30th, 2020. You do not need to apply for this extension. Please note: if you’re able to submit your report prior to the April 15th deadline, we highly encourage you to do so! This will allow us to get you your final payment sooner, by cheque or electronic fund transfer.

CHRF projects funded in 2018-19 and 2019-20 that do not have an approved contract extension to 20-21 should have received their report forms via email: if not, please contact Shannon West. Reports are due April 15th, 2020.

Email Shannon West

Instructions for Submitting Shapefiles:

Please submit a shapefile of the site you intend to restore using ESRI standard Shapefile format. All data must be spatially referenced to NAD83 and projected to BC Environmental Albers WKID: 3005 Authority: EPSG. All shapefiles must be submitted with a .prj file defining this projection and coordinate system.
Projection Information
Projection: Albers Conic Equal Area
Central Meridian: -126.0 degrees
First standard parallel: 50.0 degrees
Second standard parallel: 58.5 degrees
Latitude of reference: 45.0 degrees
False Easting: 1000000 metres
False Northing: 0 metres
All spatial data must be topologically correct (no overlaps, no gaps).

Please note that your project’s final approval is subject to you (or you organization) entering into a Conditional Grant Agreement with HCTF. In the weeks following the receipt of your preliminary approval letter, you will be mailed two copies of a conditional grant agreement and an accompanying checklist. Please read your grant agreement carefully, and complete all requirements on the checklist before returning to HCTF. Questions? Please contact our Finance Officer.

  • Project Change Requests

    If circumstances have changed and your approved project requires modifications from your original proposal in terms of objectives, activities/methodology, or budget allocation, you must submit a written request to HCTF using the Project Change Request Form.
    Project change requests can be submitted at any time and should be sent to shannon.west@hctf.ca. Depending on the nature of your request, it will be reviewed by either HCTF staff or an appropriate technical review committee.

  • Contract Extensions

    We’ve extended the deadline for applying for a current-year contract extension to April 30, 2020. The Contract Extension Request form can be downloaded using the link below:

    Contract Extension Request – Form

    Contract extensions are intended for projects where activities in the proposal could not be completed within the original timeframe. If you also have changes to your project objectives, budget or activities please submit a Project Change request form (see above).

    If you are unable to complete your project within the fiscal year of your Conditional Grant Agreement (April 1 through March 31st, unless otherwise specified), you will need to request a Contract Extension to extend your Agreement into the next fiscal. The annual deadline for contract extension requests is February 15th. An email from the Finance Officer will be sent in early January with the Contract Extension Request Form and instructions to email the completed request to reporting@hctf.ca.

    Please note that even though activities and expenditures will occur in the following fiscal year, they will still be invoiced and reported on under the original Agreement. The Grant Report (see Reporting Tab) will be due when that year’s activities are complete.

    In some cases, a project may have a Contract Extension concurrently with another funded year of the project. HCTF requires that expenditures and project outcomes for each grant must always be tracked, invoiced and reported on separately. That also means that any unspent funds from one grant cannot be “rolled into” the project budget for a subsequent year.

    For example, a multi-year project may receive a contract extension to complete Year 1 activities concurrent to activities already approved for Year 2. Each of these proposals is considered a separate contract. Therefore, you must report for each of them separately by completing a Grant Report for each of these project years, reporting against their respective proposals. That is, you would submit a Grant Report for Year 1, reporting against the Year 1 proposal; and another Grant Report for Year 2, reporting against the Year 2 proposal, even though the Year 1 activities took two years and happened at the same time as the Year 2 activities.

  • Acknowledgement of HCTF and the Province of British Columbia

    The support provided by HCTF and the Province of BC must be acknowledged in any publicity issued, printed or distributed, including signs, displays, reports, announcements, articles, press releases, or media interviews. Please include the following statement on any published materials:

    “We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development”

    Full information on HCTF communications guidelines and copies of the HCTF logo are available here.

Caribou Project Profiles