BIRPP Deadline January 31st

BIRPP Deadline January 31st
A reminder that the deadline for Burrard Inlet Restoration Pilot Program (BIRPP) applications is this Friday, January 31st at 4:30 PM PST. BIRPP is a groundbreaking program that invests creative sentencing money into projects that restore habitat at the site of impact. You can read more about the program and BIRPP grant recipients  here .  Applications for BIRPP funding must be submitted using the same procedure and forms   as our enhancement & restoration grants. When you are ready to fill out your application, go to  HCTF OnLine .

Good Neighbours Project Wins HCTF Silver Award

Good Neighbours Project Wins HCTF Silver Award
The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation was pleased to present the Habitat Acquisition Trust (HAT) with a Silver Award for the Good Neighbours Project at their AGM last Wednesday. HAT is a land trust operating in Greater Victoria that aims to help citizens better understand and care for habitats within the region. Their Good Neighbours program assists property owners in meeting their land use needs while simultaneously protecting some of Canada’s rarest habitats. Each year, HAT focuses its outreach services on a different region of Capital Regional District. Their engagement of neighbours and students in science-based demonstration projects benefits local ecosystems and creates lasting networks within communities. The HCTF Silver Award is just the latest accolade for Good Neighbours Program - it has also won a CRD Ecostar Award . For more information on this program and how you can become involved, visit HAT’s website      

Contract Extensions

Contract Extensions
Project Leaders: the window to submit Contract Extension Request Forms is now open. If you do not foresee being able complete the activities covered under your 2013-14 grant agreement by March 31, 2014, you will need to submit a request for a contract extension. Request forms can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , and must be submitted by the February 15, 2014 deadline . Additional information about Contract Extensions can be found on the  enhancement grant management page .

The Mysterious Wolverine

The Mysterious Wolverine
Planning to be in Victoria next Wednesday? Join the Habitat Acquisition Trust (HAT) for their annual general meeting, which will include a special presentation by wildlife biologist Eric Lofroth on the wild & wonderful wolverine. Learn more about the lives of these mysterious icons of BC’s wilderness, who have only recently been discovered to inhabit the Great Bear Rainforest .  Eric has been researching this solitary species for many years, including being the lead on an HCTF-funded project examining wolverine distribution, habitat and foraging behavior in the North Cascade Ranges.   The Habitat Acquisition Trust is a non-profit land trust in the capital region. They have received multiple HCTF grants for their projects promoting positive land use practices and natural area stewardship.   HAT’s AGM begins at 7pm on Wednesday, January 22 nd at the Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary Nature House . Everyone is welcome. You can find out more details on both the meeting and wolverine presentation by visiting HAT’s website .

Video: Roosevelt Elk Recovery Project

Video: Roosevelt Elk Recovery Project
Today’s Globe and Mail features the following video of the HCTF-funded Coastal Mainland Roosevelt Elk Recovery and Management Project. This highly successful project relocates Roosevelt Elk from areas along the Sunshine Coast Highway to remote watersheds in southwestern British Columbia where the species was historically found.   By the 1900s, the number of Roosevelt Elk in BC had been severely reduced, and they were all but eliminated from the southern mainland coast. Since 1997, HCTF has provided approximately $750,000 to fund the translocation (and monitoring) of over 450 elk to 22 different mainland locations. The resulting population from these transfers is estimated to be 1,400 animals. The restoration of this big game species to its former habitats not only has ecological benefits, established populations resulting from translocations also provide some limited-entry hunting opportunities, which benefit local First Nations, resident and non-resident hunters. To find out more about the Coastal Mainland Roosevelt Elk Recovery and Management Project, visit the following links:   Up Close with Roosevelt Elk : YouTube Video of Canada in the Rough episode featuring project leader Daryl Reynolds darting and collaring a bull Roosevelt elk to collect information on their habitats (helicopter action starts at 9:32). Elk Herds Repopulate Sea...
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