Public Forum: Victoria's Elk/Beaver Lake

Public Forum: Victoria's Elk/Beaver Lake
The UVic Environmental Law Centre and Victoria Golden Rods and Reels Society are co-hosting a public forum to provide scientific information on Elk/Beaver Lake water quality problems and potential ways to address them. The forum will be held on Thursday October 29  from 7-9pm at Law Lecture Theatre 159 in the Fraser Building at the University of Victoria. Attendees are encouraged to use Parking Lot 8 from 6pm onwards (when the evening parking rate of $2.50 starts). Various stakeholders will have informational   booths set up from 6pm to 7pm. At 7pm, the public forum will begin, with the agenda as follows:  7pm to 7:10pm Introductory remarks 7:10pm to 7:30pm Dr. Rick Nordin will outline the problems of the lake 7:30pm to 7:40pm Dr. Nordin will field questions about the problems 7:40pm to 8:15pm Erin Gray, ELC, will outline solutions used elsewhere and Deb Epps, Ministry of Environment, will give a progress report on remediation options available for Elk/Beaver Lake 8:15pm to 9pm Rick, Erin and Deb will serve as a panel to answer questions , particularly those focused on potential remediation measures. View public forum invitation >> View UVic parking map >> You can access a copy of  Dr. Rick Nordin’s...
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Restricted Court Awards

Restricted Court Awards
HCTF’s list of Available Restricted Funding for 2016-17 has been posted! Occasionally, HCTF receives funding that is restricted to a specific location, species, or activity. If there are no current approved projects that meet the restriction, HCTF will advertise the funding on our website in an effort to solicit proposals for the upcoming year. The current list of available restricted funding has been posted here .  The majority of our restricted funding is the result of court awards made to HCTF through creative sentencing. For more information on creative sentencing, click here .  This year there are 7 different restricted court awards that can be applied for, ranging from $2,000 to $70,000. The restricted funding can be the basis for a full project, or form a small component of a larger project. If you are interested in submitting a proposal for any of the restricted funding, please review the “How to Apply for Restricted Funding” section. Note that all restricted funding applications should be submitted through our regular enhancement grant process, with the deadline of November 2, 2015. Do you have a project idea for enhancing fish habitat in the Alouette River watershed, or Grizzly habitat in Northern BC? We’d love...
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Board Changes

Board Changes
The HCTF Board would like to welcome David Tesch as their newest member ( bio here ). David replaces the recently departed Alec Dale as one of the two government appointees, with Alec stepping down after serving a solid three year stint on the Board. Many thanks to Alec for all his service, advice and support to the Foundation, and welcome aboard Dave!

Volunteers Needed for Rattlesnake Research Project

Volunteers Needed for Rattlesnake Research Project
*Update* The Club had a very good response to its call for volunteers and have secured enough helpers for this fall. Interested individuals can still apply, as there may be opportunities to help in the spring. Thanks! The North Okanagan Naturalist's club is looking for volunteers to help them with monitoring Northern Pacific Rattlesnakes as part of a PCAF project taking place in the Campbell Brown Ecological Reserve . The Northern Pacific Rattlesnake is a subspecies of the Western Rattlesnake, which is designated as threatened in BC. In Canada, its range is limited to the Thompson and Okanagan Valleys and its habitat is increasingly threatened by development. The Campbell Brown Ecological Reserve was set aside partly because it had a long-recognized active rattlesnake den, and a second den has since been discovered. The project will focus on marking the snakes by inserting PIT tags under the snake's skin which can be read without recapturing the snakes, and recording their biostatics in order facilitate long term research on the growth and conditions of snake and den populations, as well as providing a means of tracking the snakes' use of the habitat. Starting September 15th, the Campbell Brown Ecological Reserve Western Rattlesnake...
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GOing Back to School

GOing Back to School
It’s almost time for BC kids to head back to the classroom. While the end of summer typically means a shift towards more indoor activities, HCTF GO Grants can help teachers get their students outdoors and learning about nature. K-12 teachers can apply for grants of up to $600 per class (max of $3500 a school) to pay for bus transportation, project materials or leader/programs fees for hands-on, outdoor field trips with a conservation or environmental theme. Full application criteria and grant requirements are available at http://hctfeducation.ca/go-grants/go-grants-about/ . Questions? Contact our education department by email or phoning 250 940 9786 (toll free 1 800 387 9853).
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