Contract Extension Requests

Contract Extension Requests
  HCTF understands that extenuating circumstances may occasionally prevent a project from being completed within its original timeline. That is why we give proponents the opportunity to apply for a contract extension if they won’t be able to complete their project by March 31 st . Today, emails went out to all HCTF proponents with active 2015-16 projects, providing detailed information about submitting a contract extension request. Here are some highlights: · The deadline to request a contract extension is February 15 th , 2016 . · If you do not complete your project by March 31st, 2016, and you do not request a contract extension, unspent funds will be re-allocated towards other HCTF project priorities. · Submitting a Contract Extension Request Form does not guarantee that an extension will be granted; only that it will be considered HCTF assembles a special committee to review the requests, so it is important that they are submitted on time. Additional information, along with the Contract Extension Request Form, is available here .
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15 Years of Investments in BC’s Premier Angling Streams

15 Years of Investments in BC’s Premier Angling Streams
BC has a reputation for outstanding freshwater sport fishing, perhaps best exemplified by its world-class angling opportunities for steelhead and other trout on streams. “ Quality Waters ” is a descriptive term used by fisheries managers and anglers to describe the sum of all Classified Waters (and some non classified waters) that provide the province’s premier stream angling opportunities. Since 1997, HCTF has received and allocated dedicated funding for a variety of Quality Waters projects across BC. We have just released a report summarizing those investments. The report provides a historical perspective of government licence pricing decisions, documents the revenue received and briefly describes project investments made by HCTF on Quality Waters. It also provides a unique resource to help inform new policies and procedures about the involvement of HCTF in the evolution of the broader provincial Quality Waters Strategy. You can view the report here .

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!
Season's greetings from all of us at HCTF.   Our office will be closed from December 25th through Janury 3rd - we look forward to working with you again in 2016!

New Nesting Platform Eagle-Approved

New Nesting Platform Eagle-Approved
Residents of Vancouver’s North Shore have some new feathery neighbours. A pair of bald eagles has moved into a nesting platform built last summer at MacKay Creek estuary, which was recently restored as part of HCTF’s Burrard Inlet Restoration Pilot Program . Eric Anderson of the BC Institute of Technology led the project to construct a platform at the head of the estuary, adjacent to the Spirit Trail. The host tree was selected by biologist David Hancock , whose extensive experience with eagle nest construction was critical to identifying a cottonwood of suitable size, shape, and location. To get the tree eagle-ready, arborists carefully pruned some of the non-dominant stems to improve accessibility. Next, a cedar frame was attached using special lines designed to allow the tree to move and grow unharmed.   Finally, the frame was lined with cedar boughs to make it a little more inviting for any prospective tenants.   It appears to have worked!       HCTF provided a grant both for the construction of the platform as well as complementary studies by four BCIT students​ of eagle ecology that will inform future nest construction projects. The grant was made possible through an endowment HCTF...
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Change is Afoot at HCTF

Change is Afoot at HCTF
As a granting organization, HCTF relies very heavily on our science based technical review process to review grant applications and make recommendations to the Board regarding project funding. Since 2010, Lynne Bonner in her role as Manager, Evaluation has been the person who leads and manages this critical business function for HCTF. As many of you know, Lynne recently decided to retire effective March 31, 2016, and the Foundation subsequently ran a competition to find a replacement for Lynne - no simple task! The position garnered a lot of attention and we had 78 applicants from across North America. Following a thorough interview and screening process (of which Lynne was one of the panel members), we are happy to announce that Kathryn Martell was the successful candidate for the position. Kathryn has an M. Sc from the University of Alberta and brings experience working with both government and NGOs, including The Land Conservancy of BC and the Garry Oak Ecosystem Recovery Team. Kathryn starts with the Foundation in January of 2016, and there will be an overlap and transition period from that point until the end of March 2016. Thru that time, Lynne will mentor Kathryn in her new role,...
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