- Kelowna Votes
The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) is celebrating 40 years of helping fund conservation groups, government branches, Indigenous nations and local communities.
This year HCTF has awarded $9.3 million in funding for 175 conservation projects across the province – the highest annual investment the organization has helped fund.
The HCTF has funded 3,230 conservation projects and granted over $195 million in funds since the creation of the fund in 1981.
This year the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources’ Interior Fraser Wild Steelhead Conservation program received $98,677.
The program monitors the abundance, productivity and conservation status of wild Steelhead populations including the Thompson and Chilcotin populations.
The data collected through this project will help inform provincial, federal and First Nations fisheries management plans and conservation management.
“With HCTF’s support, we have been able to provide evidence and insights into factors affecting southern B.C. steelhead populations for which there is conservation concern,” said project lead Robert Bison.
Other HCTF funded projects include:
$135,519 to assist the St'át'imc Government monitor the critically endangered Stein grizzly bear.
$45,051 to support invasive plan management and land rehabilitation near Chase, BC.
$40,250 to monitor Mid-Fraser sturgeon near Lillooet, BC.
$112,071 for Steelhead population assessment along the Dean River, located south of Kitimat.
$22,936 for a study that will assess the population health of cougars in the Cariboo region.
Funding and support for these projects are made possible from sources that include the BC Wildlife Foundation (BCWF), Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC), provincial government contributions, court fins and endowments.
A significant source of funding also comes from the conservation surcharge that BC anglers, hunters, trappers and guide outfitters pay.
Visit the Habitat Conservation Trust Fund’s website to learn more.
Visit this link to view a full map of all approved conservation projects happening across the province.
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