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 contributions from the Province of BC and Environment and Climate Change Canada.

 

The intake for 2022-23 CHRF grant applications is now open. The intake will close on November 5th, 2021 at 4:30 pm PDT.

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 of BC 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). We encourage applicants to target a 0.5 to 1 funding match.

 

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 2022-23 funding cycle:

High-priority herds for 2022-23 habitat restoration projects

Barkerville
Klinse-Za (Moberly) (see South Peace Tactical Restoration Plan)
Narraway (see South Peace Tactical Restoration Plan)
Narrow Lake
North Cariboo
Quintette (see Quintette Restoration Plan and South Peace Tactical Restoration Plan)
Scott (see South Peace Tactical Restoration Plan)
Telkwa (see Telkwa Tactical Restoration Plan)
Wells Gray North

Medium-priority herds for 2022-23 habitat restoration projects

Burnt Pine (see South Peace Tactical Restoration Plan)
Calendar
Central Selkirks (Nakusp and Duncan)
Charlotte Alplands
Chase
Chinchaga
Columbia North

Graham (see South Peace Tactical Restoration Plan)
Groundhog
Hart Ranges
Itcha-Ilgachuz
Kennedy Siding

Maxhamish
Muskwa
Pink Mountain
Rainbows
Snake-Sahtahneh
Takla
Tweedsmuir – Entiako (see TEC Tactical Restoration Plan)
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 2022-23 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.
  • If a feature is currently under disposition (e.g. a tenured or permitted road), it is the applicant’s responsibility to obtain agreement from the tenure/permit holder to undertake restoration activities.
  • 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 and authorizations are 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 has developed 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. 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. This document has been updated for the 2022-23 cycle, including some changes to guidance around use of remote cameras for monitoring wildlife response, so please review even if you have read previous versions of the document.

Discussion with Regional Caribou Biologist

As part of the CHRF application process (see “Application” tab), applicants must discuss their project with the BC 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

 

Download 2021 CHRF Brochure

  • Currently Funded Project List

     

    2021-22 CHRF Grant Recipients

    Adams Groundhog Road Rehabilitation and Reforestation Project (Project 3-422)

    • Grant of $199,500 approved for 2021-22 (continuing project)
    • Thompson-Okanagan region (about 100 kilometres northeast of Kamloops)
    • This project is designed to benefit the Groundhog caribou herd by restoring habitat on an estimated 50-100 kilometres of road over multiple years to reduce predator movement and access to caribou habitat.
    • Led by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.

    Upper Bigmouth Creek (Project 4-621)

    • Grant of $28,431 approved for 2021-22 (continuing project)
    • Kootenay region (about 140 kilometres north of Revelstoke)
    • This project has restored habitat on about five kilometres of linear features in the Columbia North herd area. This year’s grant is primarily for monitoring the completed restoration work.
    • Led by Yucwmenlúcwu (Caretakers of the Land) LLP

    Mica Creek (Project 4-622)

    • Grant of $288,681 approved for 2021-22 (new project)
    • Kootenay region (about 140 kilometres north of Revelstoke)
    • This project is designed to benefit the Columbia North caribou herd through the restoration of habitat on two resource road networks.
    • Led by Yucwmenlúcwu (Caretakers of the Land) LLP

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

    • Grant of $70,671 approved for 2021-22 (continuing project)
    • Skeena region (about 60 kilometres south of Burns Lake)
    • This project is designed to benefit the Tweedsmuir-Entiako caribou herd by restoring habitat on up to 78 kilometres of road.
    • Led by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

    Whitesail (Project 6-306)

    • Grant of $87,174 approved for 2021-22 (new project)
    • Skeena region (about 122 kilometres south of Smithers)
    • This project is designed to benefit the Tweedsmuir-Entiako caribou herd by restoring about 73 kilometres of road.
    • Led by Canadian Forest Products Ltd.

    Amoco Road (Project 7-528)

    • Grant of $23,315 approved for 2021-22 (continuing project)
    • Co-funded by the B.C. government and Environment and Climate Change Canada
    • Northeast region (56 kilometres west of Chetwynd)
    • This project has restored habitat on 15 kilometres of road in the Klinse-Za caribou herd area. This year’s grant is primarily for monitoring the completed restoration work.
    • Led by the Nîkanêse Wah tzee Stewardship Society

    Kotcho Lake Restoration Area (Project 7-529)

    • Grant of $175,780 approved for 2021-22 (continuing project)
    • Northeast region (about 80 kilometres northeast of Fort Nelson)
    • This project is designed to benefit the Snake-Sahtahneh boreal caribou herd by restoring habitat on 45 kilometres of seismic lines.
    • Led by the Fort Nelson First Nation Lands Office

    Otter (Project 7-530)

    • Grant of $6,120 approved for 2021-22 (continuing project)
    • Northeast Region (about 86 kilometres northeast of Prince George)
    • This project restored habitat on a 7.5-kilometre road that was fragmenting high-value habitat for the Hart Ranges caribou herd. This year’s grant is primarily for monitoring the completed restoration work.
    • Led by Canadian Forest Products Ltd.

    Tumuch (Project 7-534)

    • Grant of $8,720 approved for 2021-22 (continuing project)
    • Northeast Region (about 95 kilometres southeast of Prince George)
    • This project restored habitat on 12.4 kilometres of road to create a contiguous area of almost 70,000 hectares of high-value habitat for the North Cariboo herd. This year’s grant is primarily for monitoring the completed restoration work.
    • Led by Canadian Forest Products Ltd.

    Peck Creek-Upper Carbon (Project 7-543)

    • Grant of $53,452 approved for 2021-22 (continuing project)
    • Co-funded by the B.C. government and Environment and Climate Change Canada
    • Northeast Region (about 54 kilometres west of Chetwynd)
    • This project has restored 1,287 hectares of habitat in the Klinse-Za caribou herd area. This year’s grant is primarily for monitoring the completed restoration work.
    • Led by the Nîkanêse Wah tzee Stewardship Society

    Callazon-Clearwater Valley: 4000 and 3800 Roads (Project 7-554)

    • Grant of $122,984 approved for 2021-22 (new project)
    • Co-funded by the B.C. government and Environment and Climate Change Canada
    • Northeast Region (about 45 kilometres northeast of Mackenzie)
    • This project is designed to benefit the Klinse-Za caribou herd by restoring habitat on about 16 kilometres of road
    • Led by the Nîkanêse Wah tzee Stewardship Society

    Goldway Road (Project 7-555)

    • Grant of $72,959 approved for 2021-22 (new project)
    • Northeast Region (about 170 kilometres northwest of Mackenzie)
    • This project is designed to benefit the Chase caribou herd by restoring habitat on up to 16 kilometres of road
    • Led by Chu Cho Environmental

    Mt. Rochfort (Project 7-557)

    • Grant of $192,617 approved for 2021-22 (new project)
    • Co-funded by the B.C. government and Environment and Climate Change Canada
    • Northeast Region (about 65 kilometres west of Moberly Lake)
    • This project is designed to benefit the Klinse-Za and Scott East caribou herds by restoring habitat on about 150 kilometres of road
    • Led by the Nîkanêse Wah tzee Stewardship Society

    East Babcock Restoration Area (Project 7-558)

    • Grant of $324,720 approved for 2021-22 (new project)
    • Co-funded by the B.C. government and Environment and Climate Change Canada
    • Northeast Region (about 20 kilometres southeast of Tumbler Ridge)
    • This project is designed to benefit the Quintette and Narraway caribou herds by restoring habitat on approximately 87 kilometres of roads and seismic lines
    • Led by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

     


 

Thank you to everyone who submitted a grant application by the November 5th deadline. These applications are now being reviewed and applicants will be notified about whether or not they have been approved for funding in March 2022. Your next opportunity to apply for this grant will be fall 2022.

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 email chrf@hctf.ca 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 2022-23 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 2022-23 CHRF Activity & Budget Detail Spreadsheet, Instructions, and Sample.

The Excel spreadsheet is where you’ll provide details on your proposed activities for 2022-23, 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 Document

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

Questions?

Questions about the application process can be emailed to chrf@hctf.ca.

How much money can a seed grant application request?

Applicants can request up to $10,000 for the development of a full, technically sound proposal for a new caribou habitat restoration project. The goal of this pilot is to help groups that have identified and want to restore anthropogenic disturbances in high-value caribou habitat, but require some assistance with preparing a full proposal that meets the technical requirements of a full CHRF grant proposal.

What can seed grants be used for?

Eligible activities for seed grants are restricted to those necessary to prepare a full CHRF proposal. For example, hiring a contractor with expertise in restoration of caribou habitat to help gather and prepare the information for a full application, or costs for some stakeholder engagement. We suggest referring to the “CHRF Proposal Writing Instructions & Worksheet for New Projects” on the “Apply” tab of the CHRF webpage to understand what a full application requires.

Ineligible Activities
Seed grants are for preparation of a full CHRF proposal. They are not for small habitat restoration projects. As such, any on-the-ground restoration or monitoring work is ineligible for seed funding. You can request funding for these activities by submitting a full CHRF application: see the “Apply” tab of the CHRF webpage for details.

Please note that the following activities are ineligible for funding in either seed or full CHRF proposals:

  • High-level landscape or range plans, including planning strategic coordination and prioritization of restoration efforts (development of restoration plans/site prescriptions for areas identified as being high priority for caribou habitat restoration by the Province are eligible for full CHRF grants)
  • Archeological assessments
  • Rehabilitation, captive breeding, feeding or control of wildlife species
  • Maternal penning
  • Law enforcement activities and general patrols
  • Regulatory signage or information projects on regulations
  • Training costs for contractors
  • Mapping projects that are not essential to site-specific caribou habitat restoration activities
  • Salaries for regular government employees
  • Development or production of hunting, tour, or curriculum guidebooks or publication materials
  • Conferences, lecture series, or conventions
  • Production or sponsorship of commercial programs
  • Organizational fundraising
  • Creation or management of electronic databases, websites or file systems
  • Insurance costs
  • Legal fees
  • Capital Assets (item per unit over $1000)
  • Activities to fulfil statutory or legal requirements

CHRF Seed Grant Application Process

Step 1: Download the 2022-23 CHRF Instructions and Worksheet for Seed projects.

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.

CHRF Seed Grant Worksheet

Step 2: Download and complete the 2022-23 CHRF Seed Grant Budget Detail Spreadsheet

The Excel spreadsheet is where you’ll provide details on your proposed activities for 2022-23 and the amount of money you are requesting from HCTF (up to a max of $10,000 for seed). Please review the instructions about how to fill out the partnership funding section before filling out this spreadsheet. You will upload the completed spreadsheet in the online application system.

CHRF Seed Grant Budget Spreadsheet

Step 3: Read the Instructions for Preparing your Map or 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 and Other Supporting Documents

 

Step 4: Read our FAQs for instructions on using the online application system to submit your proposal.

Survey Apply FAQs

Step 5: 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 PDT on Friday, November 5, 2021.

Questions?

Questions about the application process can be emailed to chrf@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.

HCTF provides customized report forms for approved CHRF projects. Beginning in fall of 2021, HCTF is transitioning to an online reporting system. Project leaders will be emailed additional information as it becomes available. In the meantime, please contact HCTF if you have questions.

Email HCTF

 

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 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. Depending on the nature of your request, it will be reviewed by either HCTF staff or an appropriate technical review committee. Project change requests must be submitted by February 15th and should be sent to chrf@hctf.ca.
    • If you wish to reallocate your budget, please also submit a revised version of the budget table you submitted with your application (Excel file).
    • If you wish to request a budget increase, please contact chrf@hctf.ca for additional instructions. Requests for budget increases will be accepted from May 1- November 1 only.

  • Contract Extensions

    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.

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