• Photo Contest
  • Learn to Fish Programs
  • Where in BC?
  • Project Evaluations
  • Board Visit to Toad River
  • Our 2020 Vision
  • PCAF Grants
  • Antelope Brush Acquisition
Summer 2014
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HCTF's Photo Contest is Now Open!

Have you captured a fantastic image of freshwater fish, wildlife or habitat in BC?  HCTF is looking for photos that we can use in promoting conservation and the work of the Foundation. As HCTF projects are primarily funded by BC's anglers, hunters, trappers and guide outfitters, we are also looking for photos of these activities that we can use to recognize these groups' contribution to conservation. The best photos (as determined by our judges) will win VISA gift cards. Click here for more information on contest rules and prizes, and then send us your best images using the online form on our website. Need some inspiration? Check out this album of some of our favourite photos submitted by HCTF project leaders. 

There's still time to Learn to Fish! 

Summer may be half over, but there's still opportunities to introduce kids to angling through HCTF-funded Learn to Fish programs. These FREE programs put on by FFSBC are still taking place at select locations in August: click here to download program schedules for Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland and Interior. Know how to fish but haven't made it out this season? Check out some of the easy-access fishing spots made possible by urban lake infrastructure programs, as recently featured in a video by Fishing with Rod.

Where in BC...?

We often state that HCTF invests in fish & wildlife projects across the province, but did you ever wonder where in BC those projects actually take place? We've put together a map showing the approximate locations of conservation work being funded by HCTF in 2014-15, including project descriptions, approved funding amounts, and project leader information. Take a look to find out what HCTF projects are happening near you!   

Project Evaluations: On Site with the Bluebirds and Upcoming Wildlife Evaluation Workshop

Every so often, HCTF staff get to escape from the office and check out some of our projects in the field. We conduct project site evaluations as an accountability measure, and to gain a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing our proponents. These evaluations include a financial review and a site visit, where we get to see firsthand the important conservation work being done by our proponents. Last week, HCTF Biologist Lynne Bonner and Finance Officer Katelynn Sander got to spend some time with the Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team (GOERT) to get the inside scoop on their Bring Back the Bluebirds project.You can read about their experience and watch a video of the nestlings being banded here.

In addition to conducting individual project evaluations, HCTF also hosts annual evaluation workshops where project leaders present the results of their work to Foundation staff, Board members and their peers. This fall's workshop will feature a variety of Wildlife projects, ranging from moose population monitoring in the Kootenays to bat conservation programs on the South Coast.  Look for an update on the results of this workshop in our Winter newsletter. In the meantime, you can read reports from previous workshops here.   
HCTF Board Visits Burn Sites in the Peace
In late June, the HCTF Board of Directors travelled to Toad River for their spring board meeting and to get a first-hand look at one of our longest-running projects, the Peace-Liard Burn Program. Click here to read about the Board's adventures up north, and to view some great wildlife photos taken by our CEO, Brian Springinotic.

Our 2020 Vision

The HCTF Strategic Plan is being updated. HCTF Board and staff are currently drafting the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan to guide Foundation activities in the future. The new 5-year Plan will help in achieving HCTF’s vision: a future where BC’s fish, wildlife and their habitats are healthy and valued by British Columbians. Meanwhile, for those of you developing proposals for 2015-16, please continue to use the current Strategic Plan as a guide for ensuring your project addresses HCTF’s goals and objectives. 

PCAF Program Fully Subscribed

The May intake of Public Conservation Assistance Fund (PCAF)  proposals resulted in twenty-two community-based fish & wildlife projects being approved for funding.  You can download a list of these approved PCAF projects here.

As the spring intake resulted in the Fund being fully subscribed, there will not be a second call for PCAF proposals in September. The next opportunity to apply for PCAF funding will be May of 2015.

Grant Helps Acquire Critically Imperiled Habitat in the South Okanagan

Earlier this summer, The Nature Trust of BC announced it had successfully acquired 13 hectares of rare Antelope-brush property at the South end of Vaseux Lake. Dubbed the "old-growth of the Okanagan", Antelope-brush ecosystems are even more endangered than the ancient rainforests of the west. A $500,000 acquisition grant from HCTF helped enable The Nature Trust to purchase the property, which is home to more than 20 species at risk, including more than 50% of the Canadian population of Behr’s Hairstreak butterfly. You can read more about this and other HCTF-funded conservation land acquisitions on our website.
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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