Build It and They Will Come

Build It and They Will Come
HCTF has received news that salmon have returned to MacKay Creek! Shown in the photo below, chum salmon were seen making their way up the creek to spawn. Previously, a large concrete weir prevented fish from accessing the upper estuary and creek during low tide. The weir was removed in September and replaced with a naturalized creek outlet as part of the site's restoration under the Burrard Inlet Restoration Pilot Program . Project leaders are hopeful that cutthroat and rainbow trout will also return to the creek in future years. You can read more about the improvements made at MacKay in our recent blog post .
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HCTF and The Land Conservancy of BC

HCTF and The Land Conservancy of BC
The following backgrounder summarizes HCTF's funding history with The Land Conservancy of BC (TLC), and the Foundation's current involvement in TLC's court process. View HCTF TLC Media Backgrounder

Reminder: HCTF Application Deadline This Saturday

Reminder: HCTF Application Deadline This Saturday
The deadline to apply for a 2014-15  Enhancement & Restoration  grant is this Saturday, November 2nd at 4:30pm . Applications must be submitted via  HCTF Online .  An HCTF staff member will be available this Saturday from 11am until 4:30pm to answer any last-minute questions about the application process: phone 250-940-9781 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for assistance.   

HCTF Presents Silver Award at Stewardship Evaluation Workshop

HCTF Presents Silver Award at Stewardship Evaluation Workshop
The 2013 HCTF Stewardship Evaluation Workshop brought together an inspiring group of some of BC's leaders in stewardship and environmental engagement. Participants presented the results of their HCTF-funded projects, providing great examples of how licence surcharge money is being used to change behaviors and truly make a difference for conservation in BC. In additiona to providing an excellent forum for exchanging ideas about stewardship, the workshop was also a golden opportunity for HCTF to present a Silver Award to one of the participants. Board Chair Harvey Andrusak presented a Silver Award to Barb Beasley for her work in protecting native frog populations. Barb's project initiated the construction of a highway underpass system to prevent frogs and other animals from being crushed by vehicles while migrating across roads. The project may not have moved mountains, but it certainly moved highways and close to forty tons of concrete to create safe passage for frogs and salamanders. You can read more about the " Conserving Amphibian Populations & Connecting Habitats Across Roads " project in our project profiles section, and visit Barb's blog for a full account of tunnel installation, along with some recent project updates. HCTF Evaluation Workshops are held annually, alternating...
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PCAF Grants an Additional $59K for Community Conservation Projects

PCAF Grants an Additional $59K for Community Conservation Projects
The Public Conservation Assistance Fund ( PCAF ) has approved funding for a dozen hands-on, community-based fish and wildlife projects as part of its fall intake. Grant recipients will use HCTF funds to support the work of dedicated volunteers in providing environmental education programs,  restoring disturbed habitats, constructing boardwalks, fishing docks, and much more.   You can view a complete list of this round’s successful PCAF applicants by downloading our 2013-14 PCAF Approved Projects List (2nd Call) . The next deadline for submitting a PCAF application will be May 15, 2014.