HCTF Visits the Cariboo

As part of our evaluation program to ensure HCTF funds are benefiting fish and wildlife conservation, HCTF staff regularly visit project leaders to get an in-depth look at their projects – both on paper (financials) and on the ground. In late September HCTF staff biologist Kathryn Martell and financial officer Katelynn Sander travelled to Williams Lake to conduct evaluations on two projects. The first was the Fisher Artificial Reproductive Den Box Study  led by Larry Davis of Davis Environmental Ltd. Fishers are a threatened species in British Columbia and are also the largest obligate tree-cavity user in North America. They typically use cavities in large diameter trees both for resting in winter, and as reproductive dens. Suitable den trees are rare in the landscape and impacts in many areas of the province have further reduced the availability of this habitat feature. Larry’s project seeks to determine if fishers will use artificial (man-made) den boxes for reproductive dens, as a way to augment denning habitat in areas where natural den trees have been reduced. This year of the study continued the monitoring efforts on the 56 den boxes installed during this project. Larry has been successful in attracting fishers to 50%...
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Volunteer at Salmon River Estuary

The Nature Trust (TNT) of BC ia hosting a volunteer event October 12-14 at the Salmon River Estuary Conservation Area near Sayward, Vancouver Island. Organizers are looking for volunteers to help replant native shrubs and trees to help restore this important wetland and riparian habitat. This conservation property was purchased in 2015 by the Nature Trust of BC, with funding support from the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program, Campbell River Salmon Foundation, Barnet Rifle Club, Steelhead Society of BC, Kingfishers Rod & Gun Club, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Totem Fly Fishers, Parksville-Qualicum Fish & Game Association, BC Federation of Fly Fishers, and individual donors from across BC. You can read more about the property here .  Anyone interested in helping with the planting is welcome to join TNT staff for all or part of the time. Bring your lunch, rain gear, gloves, and a shovel, if possible. The property is located south of the Village of Sayward, on the west side of the Salmon River, on Sayward Road, east of Frenchman Road, between the Salmon River and Hammond Creek bridges. Go to map>>  For more information, contact Karen Barry on 250-713-3193

HCTF Now Accepting Proposals for 2017-18 Enhancement and Restoration Grants

  Each year, HCTF provides approximately $6M in Enhancement and Restoration Grants for projects benefiting BC’s fish, wildlife and habitats. Proponents seeking HCTF funding for enhancement and restoration work taking place in 2017-18 must submit a proposal through HCTF’s web-based application portal, HCTF Online. The deadline for application submission is Friday, November 4, 2016 at 4:30pm PST . You may submit a proposal anytime between now and the deadline. To begin your application, review the information on the  Enhancement & Restoration Grant Overview , then continue on to the  HCTF Online webpage where you will find instructions, examples and additional information to facilitate the application process. From this webpage, you can request a User ID and log on to the online application system. What happens next? Over the next few months, technical review committees assess each proposal and make recommendations to the HCTF Board. In early March, the Board meets to make final funding decisions and shortly thereafter a preliminary list of approved projects will be posted on this website. Proponents will then be notified by email of the status of their proposals in mid-March.

Job Posting - Conservation Specialist

HCTF is looking for a Conservation Specialist to join our team.  For details, visit our  Careers  webpage.

Calling Volunteers in Victoria

The Habitat Acquisition Trust is organizing two riparian restoration days next month as part of the Good Neighbours Program funded by HCTF.  The events will be held at Ayum Creek in Sooke on Oct 2 and Oct 22 nd from 10 – 2 pm.   On Oct 2 nd, HAT staff and volunteers will be removing invasive species (particularly Scotch Broom) from around the creek. On Oct 22 nd   they will be replanting native species. Tools, training, and food will be provided. Rides can also be arranged. Ayum Creek is also conveniently located along the #61 Bus route. These events may be an excellent opportunity to see salmon spawning along the creek, and the entire Ayum Estuary area provides for great birding and other wildlife viewing opportunities. Interested? Please call 250 995 2428 for more details, or RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.