• Photo Contest Winners
  • HCTF Online Survey Results
  • Fisher Project Update
  • Reviewer Thank You
  • In Remembrance: Tom Sterling
  • Preliminary Approvals List
  • Upcoming Deadlines
Winter 2015
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Photo Contest Winners

The results of the HCTF Photo Contest are in! Hal Mitchell of Nelson, BC, was the grand prize winner with this beautiful shot of sunset fishing on Kootenay Lake. 

Our first runner-up was Robert Ell of Courtenay, BC, for this great photo of three grizzly bear cubs along the shores of Knight Inlet (view larger image)
Our second runner up was Brian Johnson for his image of two hunters looking for elk in the mountains near Elkford, BC (view larger image). 

Our sincere thanks to everyone who participated in the contest. It was wonderful to receive so many images of the animals, activities and landscapes that make British Columbia special. 

You can view more of our favourite photo contest entries here

HCTF Online Survey Results

In early December, HCTF invited everyone who submitted a 2015-16 Enhancement & Restoration proposal to complete a survey about their experiences using the HCTF Online application system. The survey closed on January 31st, with a response rate of 50%. HCTF staff have already begun analyzing the feedback provided, and you can read about some of their preliminary findings on our blog. Many thanks to everyone who took the time to participate in the survey: we received some great suggestions that will help streamline next year’s application process. If you missed the survey, it's not too late to share your ideas: Contact Us

Fisher Project Update

In November, we featured biologist Larry Davis’ fisher project as part of HCTF mustelid month.  Larry is trying to determine if fishers (Pekania pennanti) will use artificial den boxes, as the species has become vulnerable through loss of suitable denning habitat. Larry recently provided us with an update on how the second year of his project is going: they now have 54 den boxes installed within the study areas that they are actively monitoring for use. The full progress report (including some neat photos) is available here. Just can’t get enough mustelids? Check out the PhatWeasels Facebook page for updates on Larry’s project and more!
HCTF would like to acknowledge all of the reviewers who helped us evaluate the technical soundness of the 2015-16 HCTF Enhancement proposals. Over 40 biologists and other experts brought a wealth of experience and knowledge to this year’s review process, helping identify those projects that are technically sound and have clear benefits for conservation.

Each year, HCTF invites highly-qualified individuals to assist with the technical review process, either by providing a written Primary Review that evaluates one project in detail, or by becoming a Technical Review Committee member. HCTF has six Technical Committees, one for each category of HCTF funding: fisheries, wildlife, stewardship, grizzly bear, white sturgeon, and wild sheep. Together, they review over 200 proposals each year. The review meetings begin shortly after the November application deadline, and continue until the end of January. The recommendations of the Technical Committees and Primary Reviewers are presented to the HCTF Board of Directors at the end of February, and funding decisions are confirmed by mid-March.

To our valued reviewers, again, thank you for your dedication and your considerable time investment into helping HCTF select projects with the potential to achieve significant conservation outcomes. We couldn’t do it without you!


In Remembrance: Tom Sterling

It is with sadness that we note the recent passing of Tom Sterling, a member of the HCTF Board from 1991 to 1998. Tom brought a tremendous amount of experience to the table, and was a passionate supporter of the need to preserve and enhance habitats across BC. He worked for Ducks Unlimited Canada for over 35 years, and his reach extended from BC to the arctic, to the US, and his native prairie Canada. In addition to serving on the HCTF Board, Tom was a volunteer at BC Parks and travelled to his beloved Yukon and Manitoba regularly for hunting, fishing, and just plain enjoyment. He was a mentor to many, and his sharp mind, feistiness and passion for conservation will certainly be missed. His obituary can be found here.  

Preliminary Project Approval List
Coming Soon

In a few weeks, the HCTF Board of Directors will meet to make the final granting decisions for Enhancement & Restoration proposals submitted during the fall intake. Following this meeting, HCTF staff will prepare a preliminary list of approved projects that will be made available via a link on the homepage of our website in early March. Shortly thereafter, proponents will be notified by email as to whether or not their project has been approved. HCTF will make its official project announcement at the BCWF AGM in April, and we'll include a link to a detailed list of approved projects in our spring newsletter. 

Reminder About Upcoming HCTF Deadlines 

Contract Extension Request Deadline: February 15th 

HCTF understands that sometimes, extenuating circumstances may prevent a project from being completed within its original timeline. That is why we give proponents the opportunity to apply for a contract extension. If you won’t be able to complete your project by March 31st, you will need to request a contract extension by February 15th, 2015. HCTF assembles a special committee to review the requests, so it is important that they are submitted on time. Additional information, along with Contract Extension Request Forms, can be found on this page of HCTF’s website.

GO Grant Application Deadline: February 15th 

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. Last year, HCTF Education awarded more than 70 GO grants totaling over $100,000 to get 7650+ students learning outdoors. For more information on grant criteria and how to apply, click here.

HCTF Reporting Deadline: March 31st

This is an early reminder that HCTF Grant Reports are due March 31st, 2015. Reports should be submitted as part of a package with the final invoice and any photos from the project. The Grant Report template is available on our website. Note that HCTF receives a high volume of reports on March 31st, so we encourage proponents to submit their reports early if their projects are complete. Final invoices are paid in the order that they are received, so early submitting may benefit your organization as well.
Pro Tip: When writing your HCTF Grant Report, take a look back at your proposal. We’ve designed the report template to reflect the proposal, so it’s easy to compare what you set out to accomplish with what was achieved.

HCTF Acquisition Grant Deadline: March 31st

HCTF accepts proposals for projects that acquire land or interests in land to secure the value of these areas for conservation of fish and wildlife populations and habitats. Click here for more information on how to apply. 
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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