HCTF 2015 Photo Contest Winners

HCTF 2015 Photo Contest Winners
HCTF has announced the winners of its 2015 Photo Contest. More...  

Spring Go Grant Application Deadline February 15th

Spring Go Grant Application Deadline February 15th
There’s less than one week to go until the application deadline for HCTF Education’s GO Grants. Last year, we awarded 81 GO Grants totaling over $85,000, getting 6881 students learning outdoors about BC’s fish, wildlife and habitats. Educators can apply for up to $600/class or $3500/school to pay for bus transportation, project materials, and leader/program fees for outdoor environmental learning experiences – full grant criteria and links to application forms are available  here . Grants for this application cycle can be used to fund activities taking place from April 1 st  to June 30 th . Questions? Contact HCTF Education at 250-940-9786 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Contract Extension Requests

Contract Extension Requests
  HCTF understands that extenuating circumstances may occasionally prevent a project from being completed within its original timeline. That is why we give proponents the opportunity to apply for a contract extension if they won’t be able to complete their project by March 31 st . Today, emails went out to all HCTF proponents with active 2015-16 projects, providing detailed information about submitting a contract extension request. Here are some highlights: · The deadline to request a contract extension is February 15 th , 2016 . · If you do not complete your project by March 31st, 2016, and you do not request a contract extension, unspent funds will be re-allocated towards other HCTF project priorities. · Submitting a Contract Extension Request Form does not guarantee that an extension will be granted; only that it will be considered HCTF assembles a special committee to review the requests, so it is important that they are submitted on time. Additional information, along with the Contract Extension Request Form, is available here .

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!
Season's greetings from all of us at HCTF.   Our office will be closed from December 25th through Janury 3rd - we look forward to working with you again in 2016!

New Nesting Platform Eagle-Approved

New Nesting Platform Eagle-Approved
Residents of Vancouver’s North Shore have some new feathery neighbours. A pair of bald eagles has moved into a nesting platform built last summer at MacKay Creek estuary, which was recently restored as part of HCTF’s Burrard Inlet Restoration Pilot Program . Eric Anderson of the BC Institute of Technology led the project to construct a platform at the head of the estuary, adjacent to the Spirit Trail. The host tree was selected by biologist David Hancock , whose extensive experience with eagle nest construction was critical to identifying a cottonwood of suitable size, shape, and location. To get the tree eagle-ready, arborists carefully pruned some of the non-dominant stems to improve accessibility. Next, a cedar frame was attached using special lines designed to allow the tree to move and grow unharmed.   Finally, the frame was lined with cedar boughs to make it a little more inviting for any prospective tenants.   It appears to have worked!       HCTF provided a grant both for the construction of the platform as well as complementary studies by four BCIT students​ of eagle ecology that will inform future nest construction projects. The grant was made possible through an endowment HCTF...
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