A preliminary list of approved 2018-19 Enhancement & Restoration projects is now available. This list includes projects funded by HCTF’s North Island Conservation Fund and co-funded by the Forest Enhancement Society of BC . Download the 2018-19 Preliminary Approved Projects List Projects included on this preliminary list have been approved in principle but may have reduced budgets or funding conditions. Over the next few weeks, all applicants will receive official notification emails including HCTF Board and technical committee comments. For approved projects, these emails will include the grant amount and funding conditions (if applicable). Proponents of approved projects will receive a Conditional Grant Agreement by mail. Please be aware that until both you and HCTF have reviewed, accepted and signed the Conditional Grant Agreement, there is no confirmation of funding and no legal commitment in place. Congratulations to all successful proponents! To those applicants who were not funded this time, thank you for your interest. The next opportunity to apply for an HCTF Enhancement and Restoration grant will be fall of 2018.
Last April, HCTF, FFSBC and the Province of British Columbia provided funding to hire a coordinator to lead the province’s efforts in preventing Whirling Disease from entering BC . Stephanie Whyte and her team sampled over 880 fish in the Columbia Basin for the presence of Myxobolus cerebralis , the parasite that causes whirling disease. The fish were sampled at six different sites: Elk River Premier Lake Lower St Mary River Koocanusa tributaries Kootenay River (near Creston) Columbia River (near Castlegar and Trail) The team used sampling methods similar to those used in Alberta and by Parks Canada to create continuity in methodology in Western Canada. Because whirling disease is a reportable disease in Canada, Canada Food Inspection Agency collaborated with the Province of BC on a sampling methodology and to identifying priority sample sites in the Columbia Basin. The samples were sent to a FFSBC or a CFIA lab to test for the presence of Myxobolus cerebralis using PCR. All results came back negative for the presence of Myxobolus cerebralis. In addition to testing for whirling disease, the team has developed effective decontamination procedures to help prevent the spread of the disease by human activity. They also...
For over 30 years, HCTF has invested funds into acquiring valuable habitat in BC. To date, we’ve contributed over $20 million dollars towards the purchase of almost 140 conservation properties, helping to secure and manage approximately 23,000 hectares of valuable habitat. This year, we have developed new proposal guidelines and proponents can now request funding for land management costs with their application. For full details, visit our Habitat Acquisition Grants webpage . Please note this year’s application deadline is March 29 th , 2018 .
We are looking for a Finance Officer to join our team. For details, visit our Careers webpage.
Interesting in applying for one of our new Invasive Mussels Lake Monitoring grants ? Mark your calendars for next Wednesday, February 21 st from 12 - 1 pm . Martina Beck from the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy will be putting on a webinar to answer your questions about the new Invasive Mussel Lake Monitoring Field Protocol and Christina Waddle from our office will be on hand to answer questions about the new granting program. You can register for the Invasive Mussel Lake Monitoring Webinar on the ISCBC website here .