HCTF Board Visits BIRPP Restoration Sites in Vancouver

HCTF Board Visits BIRPP Restoration Sites in Vancouver
  The weather may have been less than ideal, but it didn’t stop HCTF Board & staff members from setting out to view some of the sites being restored as part of the Burrard Inlet Restoration Pilot Program (BIRPP). BIRPP was created by HCTF to invest court-awarded funds from the 2007 Burnaby oil spill in projects that would restore habitat near the site of impact. By soliciting specific types of proposals and setting minimum fund leveraging requirements, this pilot program represents a shift from HCTF’s historical granting model, and Board members were eager to see the results of this new type of investment strategy. The morning began at New Brighton Park in East Vancouver. A weathered sign at the entrance to the park boasts that this is birthplace of Vancouver , home to the City’s first post office, dock, CPR and customs office back in 1865. Now it exists as waterfront recreation area, built on fill and leaving little evidence of the salmon-bearing stream that once flowed through here out into Burrard Inlet. As part of the 2011 Hastings Park and PNE Master Plan, the City of Vancouver has started to unearth Renfrew Creek, one of Vancouver’s many lost streams...
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Garnet Valley Wildlife Habitat Protected

Garnet Valley Wildlife Habitat Protected
This past week, volunteers from the Summerland Sportsmen's Association worked alongside the Provincial Conservation Officer Service and the South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program in Garnet Valley between Summerland and Peachland, posting new motorized vehicle regulations and restrictions signs as well as marking and deactivating illegal trails. Garnet Valley has some of the Okanagan’s most valuable wildlife habitat, with south-facing slopes ideal for winter and early spring habitat for mule deer. The valley is a beautifully diverse landscape – with sensitive wetlands, grasslands, rugged terrain and open forests. It’s a link for wildlife to move and connect to other important natural areas away from the busy Hwy 97 corridor. With the support of HCTF in the 1980’s, the Province of BC recognized the importance of the Garnet area and purchased a number of private parcels to augment crown land holdings. A significant increase in motorized vehicle damage and illegal trail building over the years has markedly degraded the habitat and resulted in disturbance to mule deer on their winter range. In early 2014, the Province of BC established new Motor Vehicle Prohibition Regulations under the Wildlife Act for Garnet Valley to protect the values. The new regulations for Garnet Valley designate...
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HCTF Online is Now Open

HCTF Online is Now Open
We are now accepting applications for 2015-16  Enhancement & Restoration projects  through our online application system. Applications can be submitted via  HCTF Online  until the deadline of  4:30 pm November 3rd, 2014 . Applicants are encouraged to submit early in order to have time to address any issues that may arise.  

GO Grant Deadline Extended

GO Grant Deadline Extended
HCTF Education has extended the application deadline for its Get Outdoors (GO) granting program. Educators and schools now have until September 30 th , 2014 to apply for funding for outdoor field experiences taking place between September 1 st and March 31 st , 2015. For more information on grant criteria and how to apply, click here .  

Growing Mentorship, Stewardship, and Connection

Growing Mentorship, Stewardship, and Connection
In addition to providing grants for habitat enhancement and restoration work, HCTF funds environmental education and stewardship projects that connect people with the outdoors. One of these projects is the Nature Clubs Project led by the Young Naturalists Club of BC (YNC) . The following article was submitted to us by Tricia Edgar, YNC leader and board member, about the program's success in inspiring children to explore nature in their own backyards - and beyond.     It’s early on a spring morning, and the grass is still slightly damp. The children arrive in the field just past dawn, slip over a fence, and walk down a path. All around them, birds are singing, most of them migrants moving up from warmer climates. Some will stay in Vancouver, while others will move through this field and continue north. This morning, the migration is in full swing, and the children pass by nets with brilliant yellow and orange warblers temporarily caught in the fine mesh. Volunteers gently remove the birds, measure and weigh them, and band them. Then the children put out their hands for the amazing experience of holding a tiny live bird, then releasing it to continue its journey....
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