MacKay Creek Estuary Restoration Underway

MacKay Creek Estuary Restoration Underway
  North Vancouver, BC – The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) is partnering with Seaspan Shipyards, Canada's non-combat shipbuilder, to breathe new life into the estuary at the mouth of MacKay Creek. The MacKay Creek estuary is the first of seven degraded pocket estuaries in Burrard Inlet to be restored. It is important to understand that estuaries are one of our most valuable natural resources, more productive per acre than the richest farmland. "The HCTF's contribution to the MacKay Creek project in support of restoration is consistent with its policy to use monies from creative sentencing awards to address conservation issues at or near the site of impact", said Brian Springinotic, CEO of the HCTF. Creative sentencing enables judges to use sentencing alternatives beyond the traditional options of fines, penalties and imprisonment. Under this approach, courts can order offenders to make payments to HCTF, who will then invest those funds into science based, peer reviewed conservation projects. To date, the Foundation has invested over $1.3 million, from creative sentencing awards, in conservation projects throughout the province. The investment by the HCTF in the MacKay Creek estuary is complementary to the restoration work undertaken by Seaspan as part of its Vancouver...
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PCAF Application Deadline Sept 15

PCAF Application Deadline Sept 15
The second and final call for 2013-14 PCAF applications is only a few weeks away. Applications must be received by 4:30pm on Sunday, September 15th to be considered for funding. Please ensure you review all of the information on our PCAF application page , as there have been some changes to both the application form and guidelines. Questions about PCAF or the application process? Contact us.
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PCAF Project Makes Ancient Forest Accessible to All

PCAF Project Makes Ancient Forest Accessible to All
Earlier this month, hundreds of people turned out for the Grand Opening of the Universal Boardwalk, near Dome Creek, BC . The newly-constructed boardwalk allows people of all ages and abilities to experience hiking through a unique inland temperate rainforest. The Ancient Forest is one of only a few surviving stands of old-growth cedar forest in the Upper Fraser River and Robson Valley, and is home to a rich abundance of native flora and fauna. There are more tree species within the inland rain forests than anywhere else in BC, and these include some impressive specimens: a number of the Ancient Forest's giant cedars are over 1000 years old and nearly 16 feet in diameter. More than 200 different kinds of lichen have been found here, some of which researchers believe may be newly-discovered species. And the forest and surrounding area provides habitat for a suite of iconic BC carnivores, including grizzly bears, lynx, wolves, wolverines, and cougars. Before the boardwalk was constructed, the rough terrain of the Ancient Forest Trail made it extremely difficult for people with physical limitations to experience this spectacular ecosystem first-hand. Now, the boardwalk provides full access for visitors requiring wheelchairs or other mobility devices.  ...
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Last Call for 2013 Learn to Fish

Last Call for 2013 Learn to Fish
As summer draws to a close, so does the lake-based 2013 Learn to Fish program. There are still a few opportunities to take part in one of these hands-on instructional sessions, designed to get new anglers of all ages fishing with confidence. FFSBC has a full list of Learn to Fish program dates and locations available on their website (please note that some sessions require pre-registration). Participants will learn to identify local fish species, set up tackle, how to cast, safe fish handling, and more. No more 2013 sessions in your area? FFSBC runs the program year round from their visitor centre at the Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery in Abbotsford. You can also check out the information in the Learn to Fish program guide . Happy angling! HCTF has been a major funder of the Learn to Fish program since 2007. Last year, over 25,000 youth took part in one of 800 sessions offered in locations across BC.  
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BC's Breeding Bird Atlas

BC's Breeding Bird Atlas
As a follow-up to last week's bluebird post , we thought we'd feature another HCTF wildlife project that BC birders can get involved in. The BC Breeding Bird Atlas is an ambitious project that unites the bird-watching community with biologists, management agencies, industry, academics and conservation organizations to create a comprehensive record of the status of breeding bird species in BC. Once complete, the atlas with serve as a key information source for both the wildlife management and wildlife viewing communities. The project was initiated by Bird Studies Canada (BSC) in response to the lack of data available for many of BC's bird species. Without current information on bird population numbers and distribution, it's difficult to make informed decisions about their conservation and management. The task of collecting data for a province the size of BC would be insurmountable for a single organization, but by combining the enthusiasm of local birders, the expertise of professional ornithologists and the back-country access of guide outfitters , BSC has done just that. The Atlas website now allows site users to access annual data summaries, print regional checklists, and view maps visually summarizing the results of their data collection. You can choose to display...
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