PCAF Grants $65,000 for Community-Based Conservation Projects

PCAF Grants $65,000 for Community-Based Conservation Projects
Fifteen community-based fish & wildlife projects will be given a helping hand this summer as grant recipients of HCTF's Public Conservation Assistance Fund. Over $65,000 has been granted to projects working to build habitat, remove invasive species and introduce angling to people who might not otherwise get the chance. Volunteers are an essential component of all PCAF projects, and this group of successful applicants (in aggregate) estimate their volunteer contributions will be in excess of 1100 hours: that's more than 45 days of helping conservation in BC! Download our 2013-14 PCAF Approved Projects List (1st Call) for further details on project goals and locations. Missed the spring deadline for PCAF applications? There will be a second call for proposals this fall, with an application deadline of September 15 th , 2013. Visit our PCAF Application page for information on how to apply.

New Project Profiles

New Project Profiles
We’ve posted a couple of new stories on our Project Profiles page. Teacher Sara Germain describes her class’s week-long outdoor learning experience at the Hakai Beach Institute, or read about HCTF’s involvement in the long-awaited restoration of Penticton Creek . More project profiles coming soon!
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Experiential Learning at Hakai

Experiential Learning at Hakai
Students in the remote village of Hagensborg, BC rarely get to connect with learning opportunities outside the Bella Coola Valley. But thanks to the fundraising efforts of teacher Sara Germain , fifteen lucky students from Sir Alexander Mackenzie School got the chance of a lifetime to travel to the Hakai Beach Institute for a week of hands-on, ecosystem-based learning in a spectacular coastal environment. Here’s Sara story about how an HCTF CEAF grant helped her students connect with the outdoors and bring classroom concepts to life: "Students in BC's Science 10 focus a quarter of their curriculum on the sustainability of life's ecosystems, so this week-long field trip was designed to solidify many of the concepts learned in the classroom relating to ecology, evolution, food webs, humans impact on ecosystems, climate change and more.  I've found that when studying for their Provincial Exam, students who’ve been on this trip are much more successful at applying these concepts because they can connect questions with ideas they 'lived and applied' out in the field at Hakai.   Upon arrival, we did an intertidal species scavenger hunt to introduce students to the new ecosystem they would be exploring for the week.  The next day,...
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HCTF Grant Helps Move Penticton Creek Rehabilitation Forward

HCTF Grant Helps Move Penticton Creek Rehabilitation Forward
 It’s been sixty years since Penticton Creek, Okanagan Lake’s third largest tributary, was able to support healthy fish populations. The creek, which runs right through downtown Penticton, was channelized in the early 1950’s in response to seasonal flooding. Transformed into what is essentially a concrete trough, the creek lost much of its spawning and rearing habitat for cutthroat and rainbow trout. Other tributaries to Okanagan Lake have been impacted by a range of habitat losses, resulting in a dramatic decline in fish spawning numbers from historic levels. Now half a century old,  the concrete lining the creek is failing. Rather than replacing the current structure with more of the same, the City of Penticton is using this opportunity to rehabilitate the creek in a way that will restore critical fish habitat while still providing flood protection for surrounding communities. A $63,000 grant from HCTF will provide much-needed funding to complete the design stage of the project, allowing incorporation of leading science and current best practices into the plan. In an interview with Global News , Acting Penticton Mayor Garry Litke commented on the positive effect that creek rehabilitation will have on the surrounding environment: “The long term benefits are the...
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Free Fishing this Father’s Day Weekend

Free Fishing this Father’s Day Weekend
From June 14 th  to 16 th , British Columbians can fish the province’s fresh and tidal waters licence-free, as part of the 14th Annual Family Fishing Weekend . Presented by the Family Fishing Society of BC and hosted by volunteer led community groups, the event is part of an ongoing effort to get more people hooked on fishing and appreciative of BC’s tremendous aquatic and marine resources. In addition to free fishing, the weekend will be celebrated with 50 specific community events across the province, many featuring the Freshwater Fisheries Society’s popular Learn to Fish sessions. HCTF has provided many years of funding for both Family Fishing Weekend and Learn to Fish programs, as part of the Society’s goal of increasing angler participation.