Burrard Inlet Restoration Program: Approved Projects

Burrard Inlet Restoration Program: Approved Projects
Six projects were approved for seed funding under the Burrard Inlet Restoration Program (BIRP) in the first proposal intake: you can download a list of sucessful projects here .  The next deadline for BIRP proposals will be June 30, 2013 . HCTF On-Line will be open for submissions after June 1st.

Acquisition Proposal Deadline March 31st

Acquisition Proposal Deadline March 31st
The application deadline for 2013-14 HCTF Acquisition proposals is March 31st at 4:30 PST . See our Acquisition Grant page for information on how to apply. Above : Sage and Sparrow Grasslands, South Okanagan. HCTF contributed $300,000 to the purchase of this important conservation property by NCC .

Thank You!

Thank You!
This weekend, HCTF said farewell to three of its board members, whose appointments are coming to a close at the beginning of April. Andrew Wilson, Dave Hatler and Anna Fontana all received a framed wildlife photo by Jared Hobbs in appreciation of their contribution to the Foundation. Both Anna and Dave had been members of the HCTF Board since 2000, an incredible 13 years of volunteering their knowledge and expertise to benefit HCTF’s conservation work. Andrew was a more recent addition to the Board, but his contribution as HCTF’s long-standing chair of the Fisheries Technical Review Committee has been invaluable. Our sincere thanks to all three of these individuals, and best of luck in all your future pursuits!

HCTF Recognized at Ducks Unlimited 75th Anniversary Event

HCTF Recognized at Ducks Unlimited 75th Anniversary Event
HCTF partner Ducks Unlimited Canada is celebrating 75 years  of working to conserve critical wetlands. On March 9th, Ducks hosted a Diamond Signature Event in honour of its anniversary, and presented HCTF with a beautiful pair of hand-carved decoys in recognition of the Foundation’s contribution to their work. Board member Dr. Ken Ashley accepted the accolade on behalf of HCTF. “The conservation successes achieved through the partnership of our two organizations exemplify the outstanding results that can be achieved through wildlife resource users investing in habitat,” said Dr. Ashley. ”Through DUC’s continued dedication to the protection and enhancement of wetlands, HCTF has found a long-term, valuable partner in conservation, and we hope to continue that relationship to the benefit of wetlands for many years to come.” Above: Ducks Unlimited Canada’s Regional Director Les Bogdan ( far left ), CEO Greg Siekaniec ( left of centre ) and President Tom Worden ( far right ) present HCTF board member Dr. Ken Ashley ( centre ) and CEO Brian Springinotic ( right of centre ) with a pair of hand-carved decoys in recognition of the Foundation’s support. Since 1981, Ducks and HCTF have collaborated on dozens of wetland preservation and enhancement projects throughout BC. From Delkatla Slough on the Queen Charlotte Islands to Boundary Lake...
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CEAF Grants $46,000 to BC Schools for Outdoor Field Studies

CEAF Grants $46,000 to BC Schools for Outdoor Field Studies
HCTF approved 33 CEAF grant requests in its February 2013 application call, providing over $46,000 in funding to British Columbian K-12 classes and schools. The Conservation Education Assistance Fund (CEAF) is HCTF’s newest granting program, developed to assist BC educators in getting their students outdoors and learning in and about the environment. CEAF grants cover transportation, field leader and project material costs to facilitate hands-on learning about nature. Field studies and projects funded include creating school yard wildlife habitats, exploring local watersheds and wetlands, inventorying forest and marine ecosystems, and conducting marine and freshwater surveys. Since the very first grants were awarded in 2012, the CEAF program has supported nearly 5,000 students in experiential learning outdoors. CEAF’s next grant application deadline is September 15, 2013 . Currently, the program is in a 2 year pilot to work through logistics and identify future funding needs.