Trench ER Program Releases New Report

Trench ER Program Releases New Report
The Rocky Mountain Ecosystem Restoration Program ( Trench ER Program ) recently released Blueprint for Action 2013 . This comprehensive report outlines the Program’s progress over the past 15 years, and includes information on: the ecological rationale for restoration of the region’s grasslands and open forests current and future strategies to achieve region-wide restoration restoration treatments and costs on Crown land, provincial and national parks, private conservation properties and First Nations reserves, a map showing projects completed to date, and lessons learned from the long-term monitoring of restoration projects. You can download the 4 page summary (PDF, 1 MB), or the complete version of the report (PDF, 7.5 MB). The Trench ER Program is a long-term undertaking by a coalition of stakeholders working together to restore fire-maintained grassland and open forest ecosystems in the southern  Rocky Mountain Trench , located in the East Kootenay region of BC. Restoring grasslands and open forests enhances biodiversity, restores habitat for species at risk, improves grazing (for cattle and wildlife), boosts forest health and reduces the risk of severe wildfire. HCTF supports restoration activities conducted as part of the Trench ER Program through grants  to the East Kootenay Grassland Ecosystem Restoration project , providing...
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BIRPP Deadline January 31st

BIRPP Deadline January 31st
A reminder that the deadline for Burrard Inlet Restoration Pilot Program (BIRPP) applications is this Friday, January 31st at 4:30 PM PST. BIRPP is a groundbreaking program that invests creative sentencing money into projects that restore habitat at the site of impact. You can read more about the program and BIRPP grant recipients  here .  Applications for BIRPP funding must be submitted using the same procedure and forms   as our enhancement & restoration grants. When you are ready to fill out your application, go to  HCTF OnLine .

Good Neighbours Project Wins HCTF Silver Award

Good Neighbours Project Wins HCTF Silver Award
The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation was pleased to present the Habitat Acquisition Trust (HAT) with a Silver Award for the Good Neighbours Project at their AGM last Wednesday. HAT is a land trust operating in Greater Victoria that aims to help citizens better understand and care for habitats within the region. Their Good Neighbours program assists property owners in meeting their land use needs while simultaneously protecting some of Canada’s rarest habitats. Each year, HAT focuses its outreach services on a different region of Capital Regional District. Their engagement of neighbours and students in science-based demonstration projects benefits local ecosystems and creates lasting networks within communities. The HCTF Silver Award is just the latest accolade for Good Neighbours Program - it has also won a CRD Ecostar Award . For more information on this program and how you can become involved, visit HAT’s website      

Contract Extensions

Contract Extensions
Project Leaders: the window to submit Contract Extension Request Forms is now open. If you do not foresee being able complete the activities covered under your 2013-14 grant agreement by March 31, 2014, you will need to submit a request for a contract extension. Request forms can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , and must be submitted by the February 15, 2014 deadline . Additional information about Contract Extensions can be found on the  enhancement grant management page .

The Mysterious Wolverine

The Mysterious Wolverine
Planning to be in Victoria next Wednesday? Join the Habitat Acquisition Trust (HAT) for their annual general meeting, which will include a special presentation by wildlife biologist Eric Lofroth on the wild & wonderful wolverine. Learn more about the lives of these mysterious icons of BC’s wilderness, who have only recently been discovered to inhabit the Great Bear Rainforest .  Eric has been researching this solitary species for many years, including being the lead on an HCTF-funded project examining wolverine distribution, habitat and foraging behavior in the North Cascade Ranges.   The Habitat Acquisition Trust is a non-profit land trust in the capital region. They have received multiple HCTF grants for their projects promoting positive land use practices and natural area stewardship.   HAT’s AGM begins at 7pm on Wednesday, January 22 nd at the Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary Nature House . Everyone is welcome. You can find out more details on both the meeting and wolverine presentation by visiting HAT’s website .