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Spring 2014

HCTF Project Grants Top $150M

On April 11th, the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation announced the approval of approximately $6.1 Million in grants for projects benefiting BC's fish & wildlife. This will bring the total amount invested by HCTF in conservation projects to over $150 Million since the Foundation's beginnings in 1981.  Download our full project list for details on how this year's grant recipients will be making a difference for fish & wildlife in BC. 

PCAF Deadline May 17th 
The deadline for submitting your Public Conservation Assistance Fund application is fast approaching! These grants are a great opportunity to secure funding for community-based, on-the-ground fish & wildlife projects. All PCAF projects require a matching contribution in the form of volunteer labour as part of the program's goal of getting more people involved in conservation. You can read about some of our recent PCAF projects on our Project Profiles page, or click here for program information and application forms.
Elk Lake Enhancement Project - Volunteer Training 
Among our latest group of grant recipients is the Golden Rods & Reels Club of Victoria, who received seed funding for their Elk Lake Enhancement Project.  The project is developing a plan to improve the water quality of Elk Lake, which has repeatedly suffered from algal blooms. As part of the planning process, volunteers from the Club will be working with Ministry of Environment staff to regularly monitor the oxygen content, turbidity and temperature of the lake. Watch the video for highlights of the recent volunteer training session.
Project Photos
We've been getting some wonderful images sent in by our proponents to accompany their project reports. Keep them coming!  This image of Sooty Grouse chicks taking a dust bath was photographed by Berry Wijdeven and sent to us by Frank Doyle.  Frank's project is assessing whether forest fragmentation and hunter harvest are affecting the level of Sooty Grouse juvenile recruitment on Haida Gwaii. We'll be posting more of our favourite project photos on our website in the coming months.

A big thank-you to our project leaders who participated in the HCTF plenary session held at the BCWF AGM in mid-April. Bryn White of the SOSCP and Dave Carleton of the Summerland Sportsmen's Association presented the results of their amazing Ritchie Lake wetland restoration project, and Christine Torgrimson and Susan Dann of the SSIC spoke about the Conservancy's experiences working with the local rod & gun club to manage one of their reserves. Both presentations provided great examples of diverse groups successfully working together towards a common goal of conservation.

Got Your Fishing Licence?

Freshwater angling licence surcharges make up a significant part of the money HCTF invests into conservation projects. April 1st marked the start of a new fishing season, so renew your licence today! 
Purchase Licence
Need help navigating the e-licencing system? Fishing with Rod recently published a video explaining how to purchase a licence, and what licence revenue is used for. View it on YouTube>>

Have some HCTF project news to share? We'd love to hear from you! Email Shannon at with your stories, news articles, photos or video, and we could feature your project in our newsletter or blog.

Reporting Reminder
HCTF would like to thank all those proponents who have already submitted their annual Grant Reports. If you still have a report due to HCTF, or you have any questions about your reporting requirements, please contact our Finance Officer Katelynn Sander.

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