HCTF Now Accepting Proposals for 2017-18 Enhancement and Restoration Grants

  Each year, HCTF provides approximately $6M in Enhancement and Restoration Grants for projects benefiting BC’s fish, wildlife and habitats. Proponents seeking HCTF funding for enhancement and restoration work taking place in 2017-18 must submit a proposal through HCTF’s web-based application portal, HCTF Online. The deadline for application submission is Friday, November 4, 2016 at 4:30pm PST . You may submit a proposal anytime between now and the deadline. To begin your application, review the information on the  Enhancement & Restoration Grant Overview , then continue on to the  HCTF Online webpage where you will find instructions, examples and additional information to facilitate the application process. From this webpage, you can request a User ID and log on to the online application system. What happens next? Over the next few months, technical review committees assess each proposal and make recommendations to the HCTF Board. In early March, the Board meets to make final funding decisions and shortly thereafter a preliminary list of approved projects will be posted on this website. Proponents will then be notified by email of the status of their proposals in mid-March.

Job Posting - Conservation Specialist

Job Posting - Conservation Specialist
HCTF is looking for a Conservation Specialist to join our team.  For details, visit our  Careers  webpage.

Calling Volunteers in Victoria

Calling Volunteers in Victoria
The Habitat Acquisition Trust is organizing two riparian restoration days next month as part of the Good Neighbours Program funded by HCTF.  The events will be held at Ayum Creek in Sooke on Oct 2 and Oct 22 nd from 10 – 2 pm.   On Oct 2 nd, HAT staff and volunteers will be removing invasive species (particularly Scotch Broom) from around the creek. On Oct 22 nd   they will be replanting native species. Tools, training, and food will be provided. Rides can also be arranged. Ayum Creek is also conveniently located along the #61 Bus route. These events may be an excellent opportunity to see salmon spawning along the creek, and the entire Ayum Estuary area provides for great birding and other wildlife viewing opportunities. Interested? Please call 250 995 2428 for more details, or RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    
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Logan Lake Wetlands Open House September 17th

Logan Lake Wetlands Open House September 17th
  Wetlands provide important benefits for humans, fish and wildlife. Over the past five years, more than one hundred students from the BC Institute of Technology (BCIT) Ecological Restoration Program have worked together with the District of Logan Lake, Ministry of Environment, and wetland expert Tom Biebighauser to restore wetlands at the Meadow Creek Golf Club, upstream of Logan Lake. The restored wetlands act as natural water purifiers and have the potential to help improve the water quality of Logan Lake. They are also providing new habitat for a variety of wildlife. Following another week of hands-on learning about wetland construction, students from BCIT's Ecological Restoration Program will hold an open house to share what they’ve learned and accomplished with the community. When: Saturday, Sept 17 th , noon to 4 pm Where: Dumois Creek on the Meadow Creek Golf Course near the maintenance area. Access is via the service road north of the Meadow Creek Golf Course (arrow indicates service road on map below). Please park in the golf course parking lot or along the road and walk in along the service road to the maintenance area.     What: BCIT students from the Ecological Restoration Program will lead...
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Monitoring Vancouver Island Estuaries

Monitoring Vancouver Island Estuaries
 Thanks to Karen Barry from the  VICLMP program for sending us this project update! The Vancouver Island Conservation Land Management Program* has initiated a long term monitoring program to assess the health of estuaries and salt marshes on the east coast of Vancouver Island with support from HCTF and other partners. The goal of this monitoring program is to ensure that conservation lands provide high quality, accessible habitat for fish and wildlife, and to identify conservation concerns resulting from threats such as sea level rise, invasive species, or other human-induced changes. By implementing a standardized monitoring program, we can ensure investments made towards protection of sensitive estuaries are secured for the long-term. To determine the resiliency of coastal estuaries to sea level rise, we are installing Surface Elevation Tables (SET) platforms in several estuaries this summer, including Quatse River, Cluxewe River, Salmon River, Englishman River, Nanaimo River and Cowichan River estuaries. These devices allow us to see how salt marshes and estuaries are changing over time, by measuring changes in elevation of the substrate. The SET consists of an aluminum platform that is permanently installed in the estuary and anchored to prevent any movement. To take measurements, a specialized reader...
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