• Proposal Intake
  • Photo Contest
  • Survey
  • Napier Lake Ranch Acquisition
  • Wildlife Evaluation Workshop
  • GO Grants
  • Board Visits Burrard Sites
  • Court Awards
  • Did You Know?
Fall 2014
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Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who submitted a 2015-16 Enhancement & Restoration project proposal by the November 3rd deadline. Over the next three months, the proposals will be evaluated by our Technical Committees and Board members: you can read more about the review process here. Final funding decisions will be made by the HCTF Board in early March, and a preliminary list of approved projects will be posted in the blog section of our website soon after. 

Your next opportunity to submit an Enhancement & Restoration proposal will be November 2, 2015

Last Chance to Win! 

There's only a few days left to enter HCTF's first ever photo contest! We've received some great photos of BC's freshwater fish, wildlife and habitats, but we'd love to see even more! The best photos (as determined by our judges) will win VISA gift cards and be featured on our website and in the winter edition of our newsletter. Click here for more information on contest rules and prizes, and then send us your best images using the online form on our website. Entries close November 14, 2014.

Feedback Wanted

HCTF is committed to improving our administrative processes. In the next couple of months, we will be sending out a survey link to everyone who applied for a 2015-16 Enhancement & Restoration grant. We're hoping survey recipients will take a few minutes to tell us about your experiences with the grant application process, so that we can continue to make improvements to HCTF Online. We're always open to hearing your feedback on other aspects of HCTF's administrative processes. Contact Us>>

Nicola Valley Grasslands Conserved

On October 17th, HCTF Board member Ian McGregor joined the Nature Conservancy of Canada in celebrating the acquisition of 525 hectares of native grassland in the Nicola Valley. HCTF contributed a quarter of a million dollars to the Napier Lake Ranch project, which will protect habitat for wildlife such as sharp-tailed grouse, long-billed curlew, moose, and mule deer.

"Like all of HCTF’s acquisition investments, Napier Lake Ranch was funded because it contains significant habitat values that were under threat of fragmentation,” said McGregor. “By supporting NCC’s purchase of these lands, we can be assured that grasslands, and the plants and animals that live there, will be protected now and forever."

You can read more about Napier Lake Ranch and other HCTF acquisition projects here

Wildlife Evaluation Workshop
In October, HCTF held its sixth annual project evaluation workshop. This year's theme was wildlife, and HCTF Board and staff members were treated to a variety of presentations on HCTF wildlife projects taking place across the province. Fourteen grant recipients attended the workshop in Kelowna, sharing the results of their HCTF-funded conservation projects. We learned about how simple changes in forestry practices may provide major habitat benefits for furbearers, the distinct challenges inherent to burn projects in different regions, how solving frog movement mysteries may change habitat conservation strategies, and much more. In the coming months, we'll be putting together a full report on the workshop, including feedback from participants on the workshop as well as on general HCTF administrative processes (to see reports from previous workshops, click here). In the meantime, you can view a list of this year's presenters on our website.

GO Grants: Bringing the Classroom Outdoors

This fall, students across BC will head outdoors to learn about sockeye in the Shuswap, bird habitat in Boundary Bay, and how bighorn sheep, western rattlesnakes, and little brown bats prepare for winter. These and many more hands-on learning experiences are made possible through HCTF Education's GO grants, designed to support outdoor learning experiences about BC’s environment. The September intake resulted in over $43,000 being awarded to classes and schools around the province. In the coming months, we’ll be publishing some stories about educators’ experiences with the program on our blog: check back soon!
HCTF Board Visits Burrard Inlet Restoration Projects
In late September, HCTF staff and Board members braved some heavy precipitation to view five of the sites being restored as part of the Burrard Inlet Restoration Pilot Program (BIRPP)  in Vancouver. BIRPP was created by HCTF to invest court-awarded funds from the 2007 Burnaby oil spill in projects that would restore habitat near the site of impact. By soliciting specific types of proposals and setting minimum fund leveraging requirements, this pilot program represents a shift from HCTF’s historical granting model, and Board members were eager to see the results of this new type of investment strategy. Read More >>

HCTF Named as Recipient of $174K Court Award

On September 30th, Neucel Specialty Cellulose Ltd, a pulp mill in Port Alice, BC, was found guilty by a provincial court for exceeding authorized levels of discharge into Neroutsos Inlet. As a result, Neucel was ordered to pay $174,000 to HCTF through creative sentencing. This is the largest single court ordered payment HCTF has ever been awarded, exceeding the three $149,000 awards used to create BIRPP. The court has instructed that the Neucel court award, due to HCTF in September 2015, is to be used to support fish and wildlife conservation projects on northern Vancouver Island. 

Did You Know?

HCTF manages multiple endowments, with a current market value of over $17M. These endowments provide revenue to fund a number of HCTF programs, including the Conservation Land Management Program. Regional representatives from MFLNRO, The Nature Trust and HCTF recently met in Richmond to discuss their experiences working with this program, which provides over $500K each year for activities maximizing habitat values on conservation lands. You can read more about the accomplishments of the program by downloading the annual summary reports.  
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