MacKay Creek Estuary Restoration Underway

MacKay Creek Estuary Restoration Underway
  North Vancouver, BC – The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) is partnering with Seaspan Shipyards, Canada's non-combat shipbuilder, to breathe new life into the estuary at the mouth of MacKay Creek. The MacKay Creek estuary is the first of seven degraded pocket estuaries in Burrard Inlet to be restored. It is important to understand that estuaries are one of our most valuable natural resources, more productive per acre than the richest farmland. "The HCTF's contribution to the MacKay Creek project in support of restoration is consistent with its policy to use monies from creative sentencing awards to address conservation issues at or near the site of impact", said Brian Springinotic, CEO of the HCTF. Creative sentencing enables judges to use sentencing alternatives beyond the traditional options of fines, penalties and imprisonment. Under this approach, courts can order offenders to make payments to HCTF, who will then invest those funds into science based, peer reviewed conservation projects. To date, the Foundation has invested over $1.3 million, from creative sentencing awards, in conservation projects throughout the province. The investment by the HCTF in the MacKay Creek estuary is complementary to the restoration work undertaken by Seaspan as part of its Vancouver...
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PCAF Application Deadline Sept 15

PCAF Application Deadline Sept 15
The second and final call for 2013-14 PCAF applications is only a few weeks away. Applications must be received by 4:30pm on Sunday, September 15th to be considered for funding. Please ensure you review all of the information on our PCAF application page , as there have been some changes to both the application form and guidelines. Questions about PCAF or the application process? Contact us.

Last Call for 2013 Learn to Fish

Last Call for 2013 Learn to Fish
As summer draws to a close, so does the lake-based 2013 Learn to Fish program. There are still a few opportunities to take part in one of these hands-on instructional sessions, designed to get new anglers of all ages fishing with confidence. FFSBC has a full list of Learn to Fish program dates and locations available on their website (please note that some sessions require pre-registration). Participants will learn to identify local fish species, set up tackle, how to cast, safe fish handling, and more. No more 2013 sessions in your area? FFSBC runs the program year round from their visitor centre at the Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery in Abbotsford. You can also check out the information in the Learn to Fish program guide . Happy angling! HCTF has been a major funder of the Learn to Fish program since 2007. Last year, over 25,000 youth took part in one of 800 sessions offered in locations across BC.  

HCTF Acquisition Map

HCTF Acquisition Map
Since 1981, HCTF has contributed over $20 Million dollars to the acquisition of conservation lands. These investments have helped to secure close to 140 properties, or approximately 23,000 hectares of valuable habitat in nearly every region of BC. You can view the locations of these properties on our new HCTF Conservation Land Acquisition Map .    View HCTF Conservation Land Acquisitions in a larger map

Bluebird Update

Bluebird Update
We received a great update on the HCTF-funded Western Bluebird Reintroduction Project . It seems July has seen a number of hatchings, including the second clutches of 2013 for two of the re-introduced pairs! The spring hatchlings are now fully-fledged juveniles and are doing great: they can now hunt for wild insects on their own, and will likely help their parents with the feeding of their newly-arrived siblings. GOERT's Julia Daly and Species-at-Risk biologist Trudy Chatwin estimate that there are over 38 Western Bluebirds flying about the Cowichan Valley these days, which includes all the juveniles and nesting parents. Thanks to GOERT for supplying the following photos to show us how the birds are doing.