Tunkwa Lake Watershed Project by Brian Chan

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There are a lot of great fishing lakes located in the Southern Interior region of BC. Ideal water chemistry, long, hot growing seasons and managed populations of stocked rainbow, brook trout and kokanee provide a diversity of angling experiences. A quick look at a map of the Merritt, Logan Lake and Kamloops area will reveal just how many small lake fisheries are waiting to be fished. One of the most popular groups of stillwaters is those found within the Tunkwa Lake watershed. They include Tunkwa, Leighton, Morgan and Six Mile lakes. Each year over 30,000 angler days are spent plying these waters in search of rainbow trout. Recreational fishing within this watershed has been a popular pastime for over 70 years. Tunkwa Lake Resort has been in operation for over the past 40 years and in 1996 Tunkwa and Leighton lakes were the cornerstones of the newly created Tunkwa Lake Provincial Park. The development of the recreational fisheries within the Tunkwa watershed was in large part the result of creek diversions and construction of dams on key lakes in an effort to store and supply water for downstream agricultural purposes. Some of the original irrigation works done by pioneering ranching...
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Local Conservation Funds in British Columbia

An updated version of "Local Conservation Funds in British Columbia" has been published an is available here .  The guide outlines key steps for local governments and NGOs looking to establish a dedicated source of funding for conservation in their communities. It includes case studies of regional districts that have been successful in establishing local conservation funds, including the Regional District of East Kootenay, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, and the Regional District of Central Okanagan. HCTF is proud to support the creation of this guide through grants to the South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program . 

Irene Teske BC’s Wildlife Officer of the Year

HCTF project leader Irene Teske was recently awarded the Wildlife Officer of the Year award by the Province of BC.  Irene works for the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and has been an HCTF grant recipient stretching all the way back to 2001 when she was assessing fisher reintroductions in the East Kootenays. Since then, Irene has worked on a variety of HCTF projects, including inventorying mountain goats and conserving bighorn sheep winter range. Congratulations Irene on this well-deserved award!   Irene Teske presenting the results of HCTF project 4-517,  East Kootenay Mountain Goat Population Assessment at the 2015 BCWF AGM in Fernie. 

Happy Holidays

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Happy holidays from all of us at the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation! One of the best parts of the holiday season is the opportunity to give thanks to everyone who has worked so hard and contributed so much to conservation in BC. To our proponents, partners, project volunteers, contributors, Board members, environmental educators and everyone striving to do their part to ensure a bright future for BC's fish and wildlife, we wish you all the very best of the season and look forward to continuing to work together in 2018.      HCTF Holiday Hours: Monday, December 25th: Closed Tuesday, December 26th: Closed Wednesday, December 27th: Open 8:30am- 4:30pm Thursday, December 28th: Open 8:30am- 4:30pm Friday, December 29th: Open 8:30am- 4:30pm Monday, January 1st: Closed Tuesday, January 2nd: Regular Business Hours Resume  

Some More of Our Favourite 2017 Photo Contest Entries

 Winners   |  Page 1  |   Page 2  |  Page 3   Following the announcement of our 2017 photo contest winners , here are some more of our favourite entries.       Otter in the Rain (above) and Mountain Bluebird (below) - Adam Wang Adam photographed this otter during a thunderstorm in Stanley Park, Vancouver BC and the mountain bluebird was photographed foraging on the beach in Boundary Bay Regional Park. "It was a rare sighting in that area," says Adam.  © Adam Wang           Northern Pygmy Owl and Water Vole  - Devon Yu The photographer of this year's winning photo also sent us this image of a Northern Pygmy Owl after a successful hunt in Coquitlam, BC. © Devon Yu     Trout for Two  - Ryan Cunningham Ryan sent us this adorable photo of his two children out fishing in the Cariboo. Their facial expressions and hands indicate the siblings have different feelings about the experience! © Ryan Cunningham      Winners   |  Page 1  |   Page 2  |  Page 3