In This Issue:
  • New HCTF Strategic Plan
  • WildBC Celebrates 20th Anniversary
  • HCTF Photo Contest
  • Vancouver Island Elk Translocation Project
  • Ian McTaggart Cowan - The Real Thing
  • Internship Videos
  • Application & Reporting Update
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New Strategic Plan

HCTF has completed its new Strategic Plan. Over the next five years, this plan will serve as a roadmap, guiding us towards our vision of a future where fish, wildlife and habitats are healthy and valued by all British Columbians. The plan was jointly developed by HCTF Board and Staff members to provide a clear vision of what HCTF stands for and how we will achieve our goals. 
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WildBC 20th Anniversary

HCTF Education has reached a milestone: its WildBC program and facilitator team are celebrating 20 years of environmental education programming. Beginning in 1995 with 20 facilitators, WildBC has grown to a team of 75 facilitators across BC who inspire, lead and support environmental learning. Their workshops, school programs, projects and outdoor nature studies are thoughtfully designed to connect students with nature. You can find out more about HCTF Education programs and resources here.

Reminder: HCTF Photo Contest

You've only got four weeks left to send in your favourite digital images of BC's fish, wildlife, and habitats. This year's grand prize is a $500 VISA gift card, and we're also giving away two $250 runner-up gift cards. Last year's entrants sent us some fabulous images, many of which have been used by HCTF to promote conservation in BC. For more information on this year's contest, including links to official contest rules and entry form, click here.

Vancouver Island Roosevelt Elk Recovery Program

In September, the HCTF Board of Directors went on a field tour of projects near Campbell River on Vancouver Island. This included a visit to a Roosevelt elk capture site near Sayward, BC. Government biologists have set up a temporary corral in an area frequented by "nuisance" elk: herds that have taken to munching on agricultural crops and hanging around highways, creating a serious road hazard. Though the Roosevelt population around Sayward is booming, these magnificent ungulates are still absent from much of their historical range. To help remedy this, biologists plan to relocate some of Sayward's elk surplus to other areas of the Island. Read more>>

HCTF Internship Videos

Do you know a budding biologist considering a career in conservation? HCTF has just released a short series of YouTube videos about upcoming opportunities in the fields of ecological restoration and conservation biology, featuring students who are well on their way to becoming BC's next generation of fish and wildlife professionals. These post-secondary students recently completed paid internships as part of a program co-funded by HCTF and BCIT. We'll have a written Q&A with the students up on our website soon: in the meantime, enjoy the videos!

The Real Thing

The official biography of HCTF's founding Chairman, Ian McTaggart Cowanwas recently launched at Vancouver's Beaty Biodiversity Museum. Briony Penn's The Real Thing chronicles Ian's life as a renowned field biologist, educator and television pioneer who was infinitely passionate about the natural history of BC. Ian served as HCTF's Chair for 19 years, and helped build HCTF's strong foundation of scientific integrity and financial accountability. The Real Thing is available online and at bookstores across BC. Scanned copies of Ian's field journals can be viewed on the University of Victoria's Digital Collections site

Application & Reporting Update

HCTF Online: 2016-17 Applications
Thank you to everyone who submitted a 2016-17 Enhancement & Restoration project proposal by the November 2nd deadline. We received approximately 170 proposals. We had very few issues with the Online Application System reported this cycle: the incorporation of suggestions from last year's applicant survey seemed to make for a relatively smooth experience this year, and we were pleased to receive positive feedback from a number of applicants.

The 2016-17 proposals are currently undergoing our technical review process  and final funding decisions will be made by the HCTF Board of Directors at the end of February. A preliminary list of approved projects will be posted in the blog section of our website in early March. Your next opportunity to submit an Enhancement & Restoration proposal will be fall of 2016.

HCTF Final Multi-Year Project Reports
HCTF has made the following changes to the final reporting procedure for multi-year projects:
  • The final multi-year project report has been replaced by the Final Year Grant Report.
  • The multi-year report is now combined with the Final Year Grant Report: it will also be due March 31st and subject to the same 10% hold-back.
  • There will be two grant report templates:
    • 1. The Annual Grant Report completed for each year except the final year of the project; and
    • 2. The Final Year Grant Report which combines the Grant Report for that year with the final multi-year project report (summarizing all years of the project).
  • The Final Year Grant Report will be required for all projects that end in fiscal 2015-16 and will be due March 31, 2016.
The Final Year Grant Report template is available on the project management page of our website. Questions? Contact Lynne Bonner.

GO Grant Application Deadline: February 15th, 2016  

BC educators and schools have until February 15th to apply for a Get Outdoors (GO) Grant. These grants provide funding for activities that connect K-12 students with the outdoors and support hands-on learning experiences about the environment. GO Grants have helped over 20,000 students to get outdoors since the program began in 2012. For more information on grant criteria and how to apply, click here.
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Have some HCTF project news to share? We'd love to hear from you! Email Shannon with your stories, news articles, photos or video, and we could feature your project in our newsletter or on our website.


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