• Return of the HCTF Photo Contest
  • Seymour River Slide Project
  • Evaluation of Kitimat River Project
  • Salmon River Acquisition
  • Application and Reporting Update
  • HCTF Projects in the News
  • Coming Soon: Internship Video
Summer 2015
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The HCTF Photo Contest is Back!

We were so impressed with the entries we received in last year's photo contest that we've decided to run it again! If you've captured a spectacular image of BC’s wildlife, freshwater fish, natural landscapes, or people participating in activities that connect them with these assets, you could enter it for a chance to win this year's grand prize of a $500 VISA gift card, or one of two $250 runner-up gift cards. For more information, including links to official contest rules and digital entry form, click here.

HCTF and FFSBC Join Forces to Fund Seymour Slide Assessment

The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation and the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC are jointly funding an engineering assessment to examine options for restoring fish access to the upper Seymour River. The assessment will examine the feasibility of safely clearing the barrier created when an estimated 50,000 cubic metres of granite fell into the upper river canyon last December. More>>

Kitimat Project Evaluation

As part of our evaluation program, HCTF staff regularly visit project leaders to get an in-depth look at their projects – both on paper (financials) and on the ground. HCTF biologist Lynne Bonner and financial officer Katelynn Sander recently travelled to Terrace to meet with Regional Fisheries Biologist Jeff Lough to learn about his project, the Kitimat River Cutthroat Trout Behavioral Assessments. More>>

Salmon River Success

In June, the HCTF Board of Directors approved a request for acquisition funding from The Nature Trust of British Columbia (TNTBC) to purchase a 165 acre property in the Salmon River estuary near Campbell River. On August 5th, TNTBC announced they were successful in purchasing the property, which connects to existing conservation lands. More>>

Application & Reporting Update

GO Grant Application Deadline: September 15th  

BC educators and schools have until September 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 18,000 students to get outdoors since the program began in 2012. For more information on grant criteria and how to apply, click here.

HCTF Online – 2016-17 Applications
HCTF Online will be open for 2016-17 applications in mid-September.  Check our website at that time for the announcement that HCTF Online is available for proposal applications.  We will also be providing MS Word worksheets to use if you wish, for drafting your proposal prior to cutting & pasting into the online form.
The deadline for HCTF enhancement/restoration grant proposals is Monday, November 2, 2015. We encourage to submit your proposal early – HCTF staff will be available to help you with any questions or problems, but the last few days before the deadline get pretty busy and we cannot guarantee timely assistance at the final hour! [Note: late submissions are not accepted]
HCTF Final Multi-Year Project Reports
The following changes are in the works for submitting final reports for multi-year projects:
  • The final Multi-Year Project Report will be combined with a final year Grant Report and will also be due March 31st and subject to the same 10% hold-back
  • There will be two grant report templates:
  1. The regular Grant Report completed annually for all but 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 will be available on our website by late September.

HCTF Projects in the News

There's been some great media coverage of our grant recipients' projects this summer. The Fraser Valley Conservancy's Ryder Lake Amphibian project was featured in the Province, the Tyee, and Global News. Initiatives of the "Got Bats?" project were covered in the Revelstoke Current, Castlegar Source and Sooke News Mirror, and the Lower Fraser White Sturgeon Telemetry Study was highlighted on CBC News. It's great to see mainstream media coverage of some of the great conservation work taking place. You can find links to other media coverage of HCTF projects on our News webpage.  Have we missed an article about your project? Let us know - we'd love to share it on our website!

Coming Soon: On Site with the BCIT Internship Program

In July, HCTF had the opportunity to spend a day with BCIT students working summer jobs with Lower Mainland conservation organizations as part of HCTF's summer internship program. For the second year, HCTF has partnered with the BCIT Rivers Institute and local NGOs to provide meaningful paid work experience for Ecological Restoration students heading into their second year of study. It was great to speak with the students and their supervisors about their experiences with the program. Over the next month, we'll be working with Fishing with Rod to complete a short a video featuring interviews with some of the interns: be sure to check our blog in late September for a link to the finished product. 
Want to find out more about HCTF projects and programs? Check out our blog for frequent project updates, event listings, and more. You can even sign up to have posts emailed directly to your inbox! 

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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