Saving land for bears and badgers

July 18, 2019
East Kootenay News Online Weekly

The Nature Trust of BC announced the protection of the Columbia River Wetlands- Edgewater Property, conservation lands covering 423 acres (17.5 hectares). The property features outstanding habitat and connectivity for Grizzly Bears and American Badgers. They also provide winter range for Mule Deer, White-Tailed Deer and Moose.

Interactive trail highlights Indigenous culture

July 18, 2019
Sun Peaks Independent news

In partnership with the BC Parks Foundation, BC Parks, School District 73, the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation and Adams Lake Interfor, the Chase Secondary School celebrated the opening of the new interactive trail in Tsutswecw Provincial Park (formerly Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park) near chase.

Learn to Fish program comes to Charlie Lake July 20

July 16, 2019
Alaska Highway News

Learn to Fish is a province-wide initiative, created to provide youth with the opportunity to experience freshwater fishing. The program will run on Saturday, July 20 at Charlie Lake from 10 am to 12 pm. There will be B.C. Parks Day celebrations from 1 to 3 pm. The program offers free tackle, rods, and lessons to those who participate.

Invasive species council gets funding for mussel testing

July 5, 2019
BC Local News

Grant funding has come in for a regional conservation organization dedicated to mitigating invasive species across the East Kootenay. The East Kootenay Invasive Species Council will be sampling more than 10 lakes in the region for the presence of Zebra and Quagga mussels, thanks to $17,305 in funding from the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.

Invasive mussels monitoring continues in region.

July 2, 2019
East Kootenay News Online Weekly

More than 10 lakes in the East Kootenay will be sampled for invasive Zebra and Quagga mussels this year, thanks to a $17,305 grant approved as part of the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation’s annual funding program in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.

Invasive species council gets funding for mussel testing

July 2, 2019
Cranbrook Daily Townsman

The East Kootenay Invasive Species Council will be sampling more than 10 lakes in the region for the presence of Zebra and Quagga mussels, thanks to the $17,305 in funding from the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. Lakes included in the project are Tie, Windermere, Koocaunusa, Premier, Wasa, Whitetail, Whiteswan, Columbia, Moyie, St Mary, Surveyor’s and Lillian.

Delta asked for $200,000 to fund farm programs

June 27, 2019
Delta Optimist

The Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust has upped its request for financial assistance from the city. The trust has asked for another $200,000 from Delta, which would work out to $50,000 per year for four years. The trust recently received $20,000 from the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.

Vancouver Island marmot babies take facility by surprise

June 26, 2019
Times Colonist

Staff members at the Marmot Recovery Foundation were surprised by the recent birth of two marmot babies at their Mount Washington facility. The Vancouver Island Marmot has been in recovery mode since almost going extinct in the early 2000’s. The population has grown from about 30 wild marmots in 2003 to more than 200 in the wild today.

Also See:

Marmot babies take facility by surprise– Kamloops Matters

Penticton continues work to revitalize Penticton Creek

June 20, 2019
BC Local News

The city of Penticton is continuing its work to revitalize the Penticton Creek, restoring fish habitats and creating better flood protection for residents. The city staff initially requested funding assistance from South Okanagan Conservation Fund and the Habitat Conservation Trust Fund for $159,000 each to complete the required budget, but was denied by the latter.

Also See:

Penticton Continues work to revitalize Penticton Creek– Penticton Western News

Funds secured for next stage of Penticton Creek restoration

June 19, 2019
info news

The city of Penticton is moving ahead with plans to revitalize Penticton Creek. City engineer told Penticton city council that the project will need a $159,000 cash infusion to match an equal sum granted by the South Okanagan Conservation Fund to complete the design work through this year and next. The city fell short of the funds after an application for a Habitat Conservation Trust Fund grant was denied.

CP Rail received $31,500 penalty for effluent discharge in Golden

June 6, 2019
The Golden Star

Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. has received a $31,500 penalty for environmental pollution by the Province of B.C. A quarterly environmental assessment summary stated that CP Rail failed to comply with the terms of a waste discharge permit. The assessment summary details a total of 1,728 actions taken by the provincial government with $885,907 in penalties and fines.

Also See:

CP Rail must pay $31,500 for environmental pollution in Golden– Coast Mountain News

CP Rail must pay $31,500 for environmental pollution in Golden– BC Local News

Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation

June 4, 2019
Comox Valley Land Trust- Instagram

This month’s Donor Shout Out goes to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF). HCTF is an environmental granting organization, that provides grants to individuals and organizations to undertake projects which benefit native fish, wildlife species and their habitats.

Summary of Environmental Enforcement in British Columbia for 2018

June 4, 2019
HazMat Magazine

The Province of British Columbia recently released its quarterly environmental enforcement summaries for the third and fourth quarters of 2019 to provide transparency on actions taken against polluters. The summaries detail a total of 1,728 environmental enforcement actions taken by the provincial government during this time period, along with $885,907 in associated penalties and fines. The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation received $190,000 from a fine issued to the Radium Resort Group Ltd for introducing waste-causing pollution and open burning of prohibited construction materials.

B.C. Annual Bat Count seeks bat roosts and volunteers

June 3, 2019
BC Local News

The bat count contributes to surveillance for white-nose syndrome across the province. Volunteers wait outside a known roost site, such as a bat-house, barn, bridge or attic, and count bats as they fly out at twilight. They record the final number along with basic information on weather conditions. Ideally, one or two counts are done between June 1 and 21 before pups are born, and one or two more between July 11 and August 5 when pups are flying.

Report bat roosts and swallow nests

June 1, 2019
Coast Reporter

The Sunshine Coast Wildlife Project is inviting community members to help conserve local wildlife by reporting bat roosts and swallow nests, and by participating in monitoring efforts for these two threatened groups. The Annual BC Bat Count is a province-wide citizen science effort. Last year, the program collected baseline data on bat populations at over 200 sites, and organizers hope to find more roosts to monitor in 2019.

What to do if you have bats: count them

May 29, 2019
The Interior News

Starting this weekend, volunteers across the province will be heading out at sunset to take part in the annual bat count. Ashleigh Ballevona from Telkwa is the project coordinator for the Skeena region. She said the count is important because the Little Brown Bat found in the area is threatened by a disease that is heading north.

Radium business fined $200k for polluting

May 28, 2019
East Kootenay News Online Weekly

A Radium Hot Springs business accounted for almost one-fifth of the total in fines issued/collected by provincial environmental enforcement agencies in 2018. Radium Resort Group Ltd. was fined $200,000 for introducing waste-causing pollution and open burning of prohibited construction materials. Of that total, $190,000 was directed to Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.

Province charges polluters more than $1 million in 2018

May 28, 2019
The Voice Online

There was a total of 1,728 environmental enforcement actions taken by the provincial government in the third and fourth quarters of 2018, along with $885,907 in associated penalties and fines. Radium Resort Group Ltd. was fined $200,000 for introducing waste-causing pollution and open burning of prohibited construction materials. Of that total, $190,000 was directed to Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation

Story Trail at Tsutswecw Provincial Park opens June 7th

May 28, 2019
Delta Optimist News

Along with the sights and sounds of a trail through the North Shuswap woods, those strolling through Tsutswecw Provincial Park will soon be treated to a story about the park’s natural landscape. On Friday, June 7th, the BC Parks Foundation, and BC Parks will be opening a story trail in the park which is the first of its kind in the province. Chase Secondary, School District #73, the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, the Little Shuswap Lake, Adams Lake, and Neskonlith Bands helped support the project.

Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust gets $20,000 grant

May 28, 2019
Delta Optimist News

The Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust is one of several groups that will benefit from more than $9 million in funding for fish and wildlife projects in BC. The Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust will receive $20,000 from the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, which announced funding for 170 projects at its recent annual convention in Fort St. John.

Restoring a watershed

May 27, 2019
School District No.83

Students from South Canoe Elementary continue to work with a team of three biologists to monitor and restore the health of the Canoe Creek watershed. Planting trees, restoring habitat, and identifying and weeding out invasive species will be just some of the activities being held May 29 through May 31 at the RJ Haney House park. The school is partnering with the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and Salmon Arm Golf Club, RJ Haney Museum, Kingfisher Interpretive Centre, local biologists, community members, and private residents in taking on this challenge.

Annual count seeks bat roosts and volunteers

May 24, 2019
East Kootenay News Online Weekly

The BC Community Bat Program is requesting colony reports and volunteer assistance for the citizen-science initiative that encourages residents to count bats at local roost sites. The count data helps bat biologists to understand bat distribution and normal variation in colony sizes before the devastating White-nose Syndrome affects bats in the province. To find out more about bat counts or white-nose syndrome, to report a dead bat, or to get assistance dealing with bat issues, visit or call 1-855-9BC-BATS.

Bonaparte River fishway, Thompson steelhead among projects awarded grant funding

May 23, 2019
The Ashcroft-Cash Creek Journal

Several projects in the Thompson region are among more than 170 fish and wildlife projects throughout the province that will benefit from more than $9 million in funding from the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF). Almost $29,000 has been awarded for the operation and maintenance of the Bonaparte River fishway and Dam. The fishway has been the subject of major ongoing repairs following damage sustained in flood events after the Elephant Hill wildfire in 2017.

Prince George students learn from Elders at Special Outdoor Education Camp

May 17, 2019
Coast Reporter News

More than 400 primary and intermediate students from Van Bien and Westwood Elementary Schools participated in a special field trip called Outdoor Education Camp that connected them with Knowledge-Holders and, despite a little rain, the wonders of nature. This special field trip was also made possible by the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation Go Grant, which helped to offset the cost of transportation to and from the camp, a 30-minute commute outside of Prince George.

Protecting Swallows and bats

May 17, 2019
Coast Reporter News

The Pender Harbour Wildlife Society presents Stewardship of Swallows and Bats: The Coast wildlife project on the Sunshine Coast, Tuesday, May 21st. Doors open at 6:30pm at Pender Harbour Secondary; presentation starts at 7pm.

Woman on crusade to save Duncan’s Centennial Park pond from invaders

May 17, 2019
BC Local News

Alison Ibbotson is on a crusade to clear invasive species from in and around the small pond at the rear of Centennial Park since March. Along with the support from the City of Duncan, Ibbotson has applied for a $2,500 grant from the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.

Learning network with emphasis on Indigenous education wins 2019 Cmolik Prize

May 9, 2019
SFU News

An innovative network of schools and school districts that place special emphasis on Indigenous learning is being lauded for improving the quality and equity of education in the province. The 2019 $100,000 Cmolik Prize for the Enhancement of Public Education in B.C. has been awarded to Debbie Leighton-Stephens, Judy Halbert and Linda Kaser for their innovative Networks of Inquiry and Indigenous Education (NOIIE). Finalists include Kerrie Mortin of The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation Education (HCTF) program, contributing a province-wide network for environmental learning communities of practice. By addressing teacher challenges and needs through effective support, professional development and resources to influencing best practices in teaching and learning to result in positive outcomes for students. This model has fulfilled a unique niche in supporting environmental and place-based learning in B.C.

‘A thousand little things’ restore Burrard Inlet to suitable orca habitat

April 26, 2019
The CityNews 1130

Several Bigg’s killer whales have been spotted in the Burrard Inlet feeding on seals, sea lions, and other cetaceans. The increase in whale sightings were made possible thanks in part to the decades of cleanup efforts, stricter rules for industry and habitat restoration. “The water quality in Burrard Inlet is as good now probably as it’s been in 100 years”. Following the 2007 oil spill, Trans Mountain and other involved companies agreed to pay a total of aboug $450,000 to the Habitat Conservation Trust oundation. Through fund matching, about $3 million was raised to restore habitat in the inlet, on top of $15 million on cleaning up the initial spill.

B.C. guide outfitter handed hefty fine for luring black bear with pet food, cooking grease

April 8, 2019
Global News BC

An Oliver B.C. guide outfitter has been handed a hefty fine for baiting a black bear for American Tourists by using pet food and cooking grease. The Vaseaux Creek Outfitter pleaded guilty to three offenses under the B.C. Wildlife Act, including hunting with bait, feeding dangerous wildlife and hunting from a vehicle. He received an $18,500 fine, plus he must forfeit the $6,300 earned for the trip and also required to forfeit his rifle and ammunition. $18,000 will go towards the Conservation Trust Foundation and $500 in court fines.

See Also:

Oliver hunting guide fined for baiting, killing black bear – Osoyoos Today

B.C. hunter fined after luring bears in with greased logs, dog food – Comox Valley Record

$24K fine for bear baiting -Castanet

Oliver man who created black bear ‘shooting gallery’ gets steep fine– InfoTel News

Hunting guide fined $24,800 for violations – Osoyoos Times

Declining mule deer numbers prompts study

April 4, 2019
The Ashcroft-Cache Creek Journal

B.C. largest collaborative mule deer study was launched last year to determine why some of the Interior mule deer populations are declining, with a special interest in the Elephant Hill wildfire area. Dr. Adam Ford, assistant UBC professor and Canadian Research Chair in Wildlife Restoration Ecology will be in Kamloops from 7 to 9 pm on Thursday, April 11th, providing a free seminar open to the public at the Thompson Rivers University Alumni Theatre.

“The Comox Valley Land Trust (CVLT) and the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) have joined forces to protect the Morrison Headwaters Nature Preserve. The expansive, undeveloped wilderness area nestled between Cumberland and Courtenay provides critical habitat for the federally and provincially endangered Morrison Creek population of the western brook lamprey (Lampetra richardsoni var. marifuga), locally known as the Morrison Creek lamprey”.

The secret lives of wolverines

March 30, 2019
Revelstoke Review

Mirjam Barrueto has been studying wolverines for the past seven years, throughout the Columbia and Rocky Mountains. She is visiting sample sites in the Revelstoke area with the aspiration of collecting hairs that can be used for DNA analysis. With 153 study sites, she is hoping to track the movement of wolverines through DNA sampling and photo identification.

See Also:

The secret lives of B.C.’s wolverines -Summerland Review

April showers bring… bats!

March 27, 2019
Delta- Optimist

Warm temperatures mean that bats are becoming active after a winter of hibernation. Reporting spring bat activity can help researchers identify where bats may spend the winter and learn about regional differences in the timing of hibernation.

Celebrate spring return by helping wildlife

March 14, 2019
Coast Reporter

The Sunshine Coast Wildlife Project hosted two workshops in Gibsons to enable community members to build their own mason bee homes, bat houses, or owl, duck, or swallow nest boxes from easy-to-assemble kits.

Man fined $3,000 for killing moose out of season

March 22, 2019
Salmon Arm Observer

A Salmon Arm resident was sentenced to fines after caught by conservation officers with possession of a harvested animal in 2017. The man faced charges of killing wildlife not within an open season and unlawful possession of dead wildlife. He has now been fined $3,000 of which $2,900 has been court awarded to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation to be used toward wildlife or habitat work.

See Also:

Salmon Arm man fined $3,000 for poaching cow moose -Kelowna Info news.

Bats in BC need your help

March 10, 2019
Times Colonist

Residents on Southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands are asked to help the Habitat Acquisition Trust’s Bat Program, a citizen-science bat-monitoring program, by reporting dead bats and bats flying during winter. The program is funded by the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, the Forest Enhancement Society of BC, the province of BC and the Habitat Stewardship Program.

Burnaby nature lovers asked to look for dead bats

March 1, 2019
Burnaby Now

The BC Community Bat Program in collaboration with the BC government is requesting the public’s help in monitoring the spread of a disease threatening the entire bat community. White-nose syndrome is a fungal disease responsible for the death of millions of bats in eastern North America and has now moved to the west coast, according to Mandy Kellner, coordinator of the bat program.

Fungus could “drastically” affect B.C. bat populations: researchers

March 1, 2019
PeaceArch News

Researchers concerned with the impact of White-nose Syndrome in bats south of the border are once again asking Semiahmoo Peninsula residents to help them monitor the spread of the disease on the west coast.

Wanted: Reports of dead bats and of bats flying in winter

March 1, 2019
Coast reporter

B.C. bats are at risk, and researchers are again asking for the public help. 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. The Sunshine Coast Wildlife Project is requesting the public’s help in monitoring the spread of WNS.

Kootenay group seeks help to monitor bat disease

February 10, 2019
Trail Times

The Kootenay Community Bat Project (KCBP) in collaboration with the BC Government are in need of your help. Bats in British Columbia are currently threatened by a fungal disease known as the White Nose Syndrome (WNS). With a near one hundred percent mortality rate in some species, this disease is responsible for the death of millions of these mammals in eastern North America. “We believe that our bats hibernate in relatively small groups across the province. Detecting WNS in our province will require many eyes on the ground”, says Leigh Anne Isaac, KCBP Coordinating Biologist. If you see a deceased bat, report it to KCBP as soon as possible.

See Also:

KCBP urges public to report dead bats, bats flying during winter – The Nelson Daily

Public help needed to monitor for bat disease – Creston Valley Advance

Kootenay Community Bat Project needs your help – Kimberly Bulletin

Government seeks help to monitor for bat disease in Okanagan

February 7, 2019
Salmon Arm Observer

The BC Community Bat Program in collaboration with the BC government is requesting the public’s help in monitoring the spread of this disease. The typical first sign of this disease is bats flying during the winter, an unusual sighting at a time of year when bats should be hibernating. Another sign of the presence of WNS is the appearance of dead bats outdoors as they succumb to the effects of WNS.

In This Nature Preserve, a Human Social Crisis Has Sprouted

February 5, 2019
The Tyee

Somenos Marsh is a newly designated, 155-hectare provincial wildlife management area featuring critical habitat for fish, including wild salmon, and home to endangered Garry oak ecosystems and more than 200 species of birds. Of late, the marsh is also home to people who are homeless and use drugs. That’s putting the ecosystem at risk while diverting up to $30,000 per year in conservation dollars to clean up hazardous waste and other garbage. “It’s a real challenge for us,” confirms Tom Reid, who manages the marsh on behalf of a coalition of partners — the B.C. and federal governments, the Nature Trust of B.C., Ducks Unlimited Canada, and Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.

Resident angered over B.C. government trapping deer for research

February 1, 2019
The Abbotsford News

Andrew Walker, a wildlife biologist with the ministry, said the trapping is part of an ongoing project to study mule deer populations. The Southern Interior Mule Deer Project is the largest collaborative study on mule deer in the province’s history. It was started in 2018.Members of the Okanagan Nation Alliance, B.C. Wildlife Federation members and clubs, the University of British Columbia Okanagan and the University of Idaho are among those involved in the study. He said traps are set up around the area and are checked once or more each day. Adam Ford, a faculty member at UBC Okanagan, said people who encounter the traps should leave them alone, especially if there is an animal trapped inside.“We have strict protocols to deal with how to get these animals out safely,” he said. Funding for the program was provided by the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.

Surrey hunter fined $10,000 after shooting a bull moose and leaving it to die

January 19, 2019
Surrey Now-Leader

A Surrey man has been ordered to pay a $10,000 fine after illegally shooting a bull moose. A judge ruled that $8,500 of the $10,000 fine will be directed to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation. The man is also subject to a three year hunting prohibition, and forfeiture of firearms.

See also:

BC man who left moose to suffer before death is convicted, fined in court – Vancouver Courier
BC Hunter fined $10K for shooting moose out of season – CBC BC
Shoots moose, left it to die – Castanet

Province’s caribou herds under threat

Jan 9, 2019
Ashcroft-Cache Creek Journal

To better protect environmentally sensitive habitats and species at risk, the Province of British Columbia has increased fines for unlawful use of off-road vehicles and snowmobiles. The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) is also working to protect the caribou population in B.C., and has been accepting applications from the public for the Caribou Habitat Restoration Fund. This fund was created through a $2 million grant from the Province of British Columbia to the HCTF to aid in caribou habitat restoration.

Critical Habitat Protected

January 3, 2019

The Southern Interior Land Trust has announced it has purchased 12 acres of land along Keremeos Creek near Olalla, between Penticton and Keremeos.The seasonally-flooded property is home of one of very few remaining mature water birch forests in the Okanagan-Similkameen and provides habitat for at least five federally-listed species at risk, including the yellow-breasted chat, western screech owl and Lewis’s woodpecker. The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation — which benefits from hunter, trapper and angler fees — made a contribution to SILT for the purchase.

See also:

Conservation Group Acquires Property on Keremeos Creek – Kelowna Capital News, Keremeos Review

Newly Acquired Wildlife Habitat Near Olalla Named After Winfield Man – The Daily Courier

Invasive Mussels Being Held at Bay in the Shuswap

December 21, 2018
Salmon Arm Observer

The society has been completing early detection lake sampling in the Columbia Shuswap region for microscopic larvae of the invasive zebra and quagga mussels for the past four years. Throughout the 2018 season, CSISS staff collected 118 samples from 22 waterbodies in the Columbia Shuswap Region. Similar programs are taking place across the province, and as with previous years, there was no detection of zebra or quagga mussels were found in any sampled waterbodies in British Columbia. CSISS collaborated with many partners and stakeholders throughout the region to provide extended outreach and monitoring efforts in 2018. The Habitat Conservation Trust Fund funded CSISS to monitor waterbodies in the Columbia Shuswap region, and the Shuswap Watershed Council and Columbia Basin Trust funded aquatic outreach activities, along with extra monitoring.

Trust Protects 80 Acres

December 13, 2018

The Nature Trust of British Columbia’s land holdings in the South Okanagan have grown. The organization announced Wednesday it has completed the purchase of an 80-acre area in the White Lake Basin that’s home to several endangered species. Funding for the purchase was provided by several nonprofits, businesses and private donors, including the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, South Okanagan Conservation Fund which is overseen by the Regional District of the Okanagan-Similkameen, Burrowing Owl Estate Winery, the South Okanagan Naturalists’ Club and more.

See also:

Nature Trust of B.C. purchases property in South Okanagan – Keremeos Review, Similkameen Spotlight

Nature Trust adds to White Lake Basin Biodiversity Complex – Osoyoos Today

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 in The Daily Courier, CBC, 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

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).

See also Sayward Resident Faces Financial Penalties for Offering Illegal Hunting Guide ServicesMy Campbell River Now

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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