2015 PCAF Grant Recipients

2015 PCAF Grant Recipients
HCTF is pleased to announce the 2015 Public Conservation Assistance Fund (PCAF) grant recipients. This year's approved projects include:  ~ The  Kootenay Community Bat Project  received a $5000 grant to help connect Kootenay residents with bat conservation by providing instruction and materials to build, install and monitor bat‐houses. The  Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance  also received a $1080 grant for the construction and distribution of maternity-sized bat boxes to local land owners. ~ The  Salt Spring Island Conservancy  received $10,000 to establish a native plant nursery to be used as a source of vegetation for upcoming wetland and riparian restoration work at Blackburn Nature Reserve. ~  Wildsight  in the Kootenays received a $5000 grant to build a wetland to filter stormwater outflows and improve water quality in Lakeside Park, Nelson. Students and volunteers will participate in the planning, monitoring and construction of the wetland. ~ Ecole KLO Middle School in Kelowna will use their $10,000 PCAF grant to daylight 250 m of creek and restore a destroyed wetland that historically provided nesting habitat for painted turtles. ~ The  North Okanagan Naturalist’s Club  received $8000 to support their program to tag and monitor Western Rattlesnakes on the Campbell Brown Ecological Reserve. The PIT...
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Volunteer In Vancouver

Seymour_estuary_aerial_small.jpgHere's another opportunity to participate in an HCTF-funded restoration project. The BCIT Rivers Institute has organized a volunteer planting day at Seymour River Estuary on Saturday, June 13th.

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Call for Volunteers in Penticton Area

Call for Volunteers in Penticton Area
The Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship Society (OSSS) is holding a community enhancement day this Saturday, June 6 th at Max Lake Road wetland near Penticton, BC. This wetland is one of the few marshes remaining in the Penticton area, and is a refuge for Western Screech owls ,  tiger salamanders , painted turtles , and many other Okanagan wildlife species. OSSS is looking for volunteers to help remove garbage and invasive weeds from the property from 9am to 2pm: for details on what to bring,  click here , or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. HCTF is proud to support OSSS efforts to promote voluntary habitat stewardship in the Okanagan Basin (project #8-90).  
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Photos from the Field

Photos from the Field
We love hearing about the great work being done by HCTF grant recipients, and really enjoy when project leaders send us photos of the animals, activities and people that are part of their projects. Here are some of our favourite images submitted during the recent reporting intake: Working for Wetlands A team replaces a water control structure at Fanny Bay on Vancouver Island. This was one of five sites having its water control structure refurbished or replaced as part of the 2014-15 Wetland Partnership Program led by Ducks Unlimited Canada. The work on these water control structures will benefit approximately 283 wetland hectares.      Family Time Dad and daughter enjoy some outdoor time with the Prince George Young Naturalists Club  (YNC). YNC is a outdoor discovery and environmental action program that encourages young people ages 5-12 to learn about nearby nature, building the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts and lifelong environmental stewards. Photo: YNC Prince George       Amphibian Monitoring   Biologist Purnima Govindarajulu checks a live trap for amphibians as part of a monitoring program on Blackburn Nature Reserve, led by the Salt Spring Island Conservancy ( Project 1-490, Conservation and Restoration of Priority Wildlife Habitat on Salt Spring Island...
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Clearcut Connectivity Project Receives Silver Award

Clearcut Connectivity Project Receives Silver Award
It was with great pride that HCTF presented its 2014 Silver Award to Dr. Tom Sullivan at the recent BC Trappers Association (BCTA) AGM & Convention in 100 Mile House. Dr. Sullivan received the award in recognition of the outstanding contribution made by his HCTF-funded project, Enhancing Marten and Weasel Habitat on Clearcuts. The project examined whether debris from clearcuts shaped into windrows could provide important habitat for small mammals, thereby mitigating some of the impacts of this forestry practice: you can read more about the project here . Congratulations, Tom, on this well-deserved accolade! The Silver Award was presented at the convention by HCTF Board member Don Wilkins . Don was recently appointed as the BCTA representative on the HCTF Board, replacing Mike Green, who regrettably had to resign for health reasons. Our sincere thanks to the BCTA event organizers for providing us with time on the agenda to present the award, and for allowing us to share some of the great work being funded with their members’ licence surcharges. The next HCTF Silver Award winner will be decided following this year’s Fisheries Evaluation Workshop.  
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