• 2015-16 HCTF Grant Recipients
  • Project Photos
  • Family Fishing Weekend
  • Silver Award Winner
  • PCAF Intake 
  • New HCTF Staff Member
  • Evaluation Workshop Report
Spring 2015
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2015-16 Approved Projects

At the BCWF AGM in Fernie, HCTF Chair Harvey Andrusak announced the Foundation's approval of $6.5 Million in grants for 119 enhancement & restoration projects. Successful grant recipients will be working across the province to improve conservation outcomes for BC's fish & wildlife. To find out what HCTF projects are happening near you, take a look at our interactive project map, read through the complete 2015-16 Approved Project List, or download one of the region-specific lists below:
Following the funding announcement, HCTF was proud to have two of our government grant recipients speak to the BCWF membership about their Kootenay conservation projects. Irene Teske presented the results of the first year of her East Kootenay Mountain Goat Population Assessment projectand Allana Oestreich gave a presentation on the long-running East Kootenay Grassland Ecosystem Restoration program. Our sincere thanks to Irene and Allana for doing an excellent job of informing licence holders about local conservation projects funded by HCTF grants.

2014 Report Photos

Thank you to all of our project leaders who submitted their grant reports by the March 31st deadline. Along with your reports, we received some great photos of the animals, people and activities central to your projects. We've shared some of our favourite images submitted along with the reports on our website. If you've got project photos or videos you've been waiting to send in, contact Shannon to discuss the best way to get them to us. We love to share the wonderful work you're doing to help BC's fish & wildlife, and a picture really is worth a thousand words!

Family Fishing Weekend

Mark your calendars for June 19-21st: the Father's Day weekend is also Family Fishing Weekend, when BC residents can try fishing in the province’s fresh and tidal waters licence-free. Learn-to-fish sessions (as well as loner rods and tackle) will be available free-of-charge at community events across BC: see the Family Fishing Society's event webpage to find the one nearest you. Once you're hooked on fishing, be sure to purchase your freshwater fishing licence: 100% of licence fees go to fish conservation projects and programs improving angling opportunities.

HCTF presented its 2014 Silver Award to Dr. Tom Sullivan at the recent BC Trappers Association (BCTA) AGM & Convention in 100 Mile House. Dr. Sullivan received the award in recognition of the outstanding contribution made by his HCTF-funded project, Enhancing Marten and Weasel Habitat on Clearcuts. The project examined whether debris from clearcuts shaped into windrows could provide important habitat for small mammals, thereby mitigating some of the impacts of this forestry practice: you can read more about the project here. Congratulations, Tom, on this well-deserved accolade!

The Silver Award was presented at the convention by HCTF Board member Don Wilkins. Don was recently appointed as the BCTA representative on the HCTF Board, replacing Mike Green, who regrettably had to resign for health reasons.

Our sincere thanks to the BCTA event organizers for providing us with time on the agenda to present the award, and for allowing us to share a great example of a conservation initiative funded by their members’ licence surcharges.

The next HCTF Silver Award winner will be chosen from projects presented at this year's Fisheries Evaluation Workshop.

PCAF Update

Thank you to everyone who submitted a PCAF proposal in the May intake. We received 26 applications, which will be reviewed by the Committee in early June. We expect to have a preliminary list of approved PCAF projects posted on our blog in late June/ early July.

New HCTF Staff Member

HCTF has a new Coordinator of Administrative Services! Beth Hurford will be providing maternity leave coverage for Brittani Turner through to summer of 2016.  Beth has a degree in Geography from Thompson Rivers University and comes to us with administrative and program coordination experience from Camosun College, Better Environmentally Sound Transportation Society and the District of Squamish. She also has experience studying and working overseas including Sweden, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Bosnia & Herzegovina. Welcome Beth! 

Workshop Evaluation Report

The summary report from last fall's HCTF Wildlife Project Evaluation Workshop is now available for download in the Reports & Publications section of our website. This was our sixth evaluation workshop, and we continue to receive positive feedback from participants about the value of these sessions, both as networking opportunities and forums for exchanging ideas with other conservation professionals. The next evaluation workshop will focus on fisheries projects, and is scheduled to take place this October in Richmond.
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.

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