Free Summer Learn-to-Fish Programs

Free Summer Learn-to-Fish Programs
Looking for a fun and FREE activity for the kids this summer? The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC (FFSBC) has learn-to-fish programs taking place at locations throughout the province in July and August. Kids will learn angling basics, including rod set-up, how to cast and catch fish. Instructors will also teach participants about the different fish species found in local waters. Equipment is provided, and youth under 16 do not require a licence. FFSBC also offers learn-to-fish sessions for adults: see the pdfs below for dates and times, and visit FFSBC’s website to download a program guide . Lower Mainland and Interior L2F Program Schedule Vancouver Island L2F Program Schedule Already know how to fish but don’t have the gear? The FFSBC also offers a free rod loan program at selected locations around the province . Both the Learn-to-Fish and Rod Loan programs are supported through grants from the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation. By encouraging participation in angling, HCTF hopes that more British Columbians will gain an appreciation of the outdoors, and assist in the conservation of the province’s fish, wildlife and habitats.  

PCAF Grants Over $130K for Fish & Wildlife Projects

PCAF Grants Over $130K for Fish & Wildlife Projects
Twenty-two community-based fish & wildlife projects will receive funding from HCTF’s Public Conservation Assistance Fund (PCAF) in 2014. PCAF grants differ from the Foundation’s other conservation funding opportunities in that they require projects to include a 50% volunteer component, designed to increase British Columbians' participation in conservation activities. This year’s PCAF grant recipients include a creek restoration project on Vancouver Island, a program to improve nesting habitat for at-risk bird species on Haida Gwaii, and a project that will build and monitor bat boxes in the Peace Region. You can download the full list of 2014 approved PCAF projects here . As the spring intake resulted in the Fund being fully subscribed, there will not be a second call for PCAF proposals this September. Your next opportunity to apply for PCAF funding will be May of 2015.  

Antelope Brush Property Secured

Antelope Brush Property Secured
The Nature Trust of British Columbia  has just announced the successful acquisition of 30 acres of endangered antelope-brush habitat in the South Okanagan . The purchase was made possible by a $500,000 contribution by the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation as part of its acquisition granting program . “Antelope-brush is the latest purchase of conservation land made possible through the contributions of the anglers, hunters, guide outfitters and trappers of BC. In the past two years alone, the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation has invested $1.3 million of their licence surcharges into the securement of over 1300 hectares of valuable South Okanagan habitat,” said Brian Springinotic, CEO of the Foundation. “The proximity of the Antelope-brush property to other conservation lands will allow wildlife to move between protected areas - a critical feature when working to preserve biodiversity in areas fragmented by development.” The property is adjacent to The Nature Trust’s Antelope-brush Conservation Area , home to more than 20 species at risk, including over 50% of the Canadian population of Behr’s Hairstreak butterfly . Other federally or provincially listed species at risk that are known to occur on these lands include Bighorn Sheep, Pallid Bat, Desert Night Snake, Great Basin Spadefoot, and...
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Map of Creative Sentencing Investments: Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland

Map of Creative Sentencing Investments: Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland
Since 1993, the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation has invested approximately $1.5 Million from creative sentencing awards into conservation projects across BC. The following interactive map provides an overview of projects on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland funded with money from creative sentencing awards. Check back over the next month as we add projects from additional regions.  

BC’s Family Fishing Weekend Starts Today!

BC’s Family Fishing Weekend Starts Today!
Today marks the start of the 15 th annual Family Fishing Weekend. In addition to community events taking place throughout the province, BC residents are able to fish the province’s fresh and tidal waters licence-free from June 13-15 th . Hosted by The Family Fishing Society of BC and local groups of volunteers, Family Fishing Weekend events feature how-to sessions for beginners that include information on equipment, casting, identifying local fish species and conservation. Loner rods, reels and tackle are provided for those who do not have their own gear. “These events offer a great opportunity to learn about how to fish in a fun and supported environment,” Wayne Saito, President, Family Fishing Society of BC. “The hundreds of volunteers who organize and participate in these events are passionate about fishing and even more passionate about sharing their love of the sport. They are keen to share what makes fishing such a great pastime.” HCTF has been a long-time supporter of Family Fishing Weekend, providing over $380,000 since 2001. Since then, the program has grown from half a dozen events to nearly fifty across the province, with last year’s festivities attracting a record 17,000 participants. A complete list of event...
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