Restoring Nature’s Curves

Restoring Nature’s Curves
As part of HCTF's project site evaluation program, staff recently visited a restoration project on the historically channelized and straightened Okanagan River ("Okanagan River Restoration Initiative - Phase II). HCTF (along with a number of partner organizations) is currently funding the reconstruction of a side channel to improve spawning and rearing habitat for trout and salmon. This project will also benefit wildlife species by increasing riparian habitat. In the early 1900s the Okanagan River was re-engineered from a meandering stream to a channelized and diked waterway for the purposes of navigation, flood control and irrigation. This reduced much of the fish and riparian habitats along the river. The  Okanagan River Restoration Initiative (ORRI) is an alliance of government and non-government organizations dedicated to restoring portions of the river to its original configuration, providing habitat for sockeye salmon, rainbow trout and wildlife species at risk such as, Yellow Breasted Chat, Great Basin Spadefoot and Western Screech Owl.  This HCTF project is being undertaken by the Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) and project leader Camille Savois-Rivard proudly showed HCTF staff the new side channel which was still under construction at the time of the site visit.  This work had been delayed for several years...
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HCTF Project Nominated for Premier’s Award

HCTF Project Nominated for Premier’s Award
The Vancouver Island Urban Lakes Infrastructure project has been named a regional finalist in the BC Premier's Awards, the Province's highest form of recognition for innovation and excellence in the public service. The project was nominated in recognition of its success in bringing together the technical expertise of Ministry staff with the financial support of conservation organizations and local governments, resulting in the installation of over a quarter million dollars worth of fishing infrastructure at no upfront or ongoing cost to the Province. The docks, walkways and trails installed as part of the program at eight urban lakes are already proving popular with anglers, many of them families or people with mobility issues whom previously found it challenging to find accessible fishing spots. The following video features some of the partners speaking about the benefits of the project. You can also read more about the program on our project profiles page .
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HCTF Online is Now Open

HCTF Online is Now Open
We are now accepting applications for 2014-15 Enhancement & Restoration projects  through our online application system. Applications can be submitted via HCTF Online until the deadline of  November 2nd, 2013 .

HCTF Board Visits Acquisition Properties in the South Okanagan

HCTF Board Visits Acquisition Properties in the South Okanagan
It was a perfect day for touring two of HCTF's most recent acquisition properties: Sage & Sparrow Grasslands  and Elkink South Block . Led by NCC's Okanagan Property Manager Barb Pryce, HCTF board members got to experience first-hand the subtle beauty of these grasslands, and learn more about their incredible ecological values. HCTF contributed $300,000 to NCC's purchase of the Sage & Sparrow Grasslands in 2012, and then granted a further $500,000 to NCC's campaign to purchase Elkink South Block last June. Together, the properties create over 3,100 acres of continuous rare grassland habitat that is home to a diverse range of amphibian, reptile, bird and mammal species, some of which occur nowhere else in the world. As part of the excursion, Board Members got to visit the site of the Burrowing Owl Recovery Program on the South Block property, and view some of the research sites where scientists are now conducting surveys of the many plants and animals inhabiting this rare ecosystem. In addition to experiencing the impressive sights (and fragrant smell of sagebrush), board members were provided with some excellent information on enhancement projects taking place within the area, as well as some of the conservation challenges facing...
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Burrard Inlet Restoration Program Featured in the Vancouver Sun

Burrard Inlet Restoration Program Featured in the Vancouver Sun
The Burrard Inlet Restoration Pilot Program was recently featured in the Vancouver Sun. You can find links to both the video and print versions of this story and other articles about the Foundation on our HCTF in the News page.
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