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Nearly $10M of funding announced for wildlife and habitat conservation projects in BC

Nearly $10 million in funding for wildlife and habitat conservation projects in British Columbia has been announced today.

The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) said its 2020/21 grant season has set a record for the highest level of ever investment.

Over 180 projects will receive $9.2 million between them.

“Funding all these projects is no small feat,” said CEO Dan Buffett.

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“But it is thanks to the diversity of funding from our core contributors (hunters, anglers, trappers and guides), court awards, provincial government contributions and endowments, and our partners such as the Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC).”

Among the approved projects are:

  • $150,000 for the Kootenay Region River Guardian Program, designed to improve the quality of angling and protect native sport fish populations

  • $100,000 for research into Mule deer response wildfire and habitat change in the Okanagan

  • $70,000 for research into moose population trends and calving rates in the Cariboo and Thompson regions

  • $25,000 for Roosevelt Elk recovery on Vancouver Island and relocation efforts throughout the west coast

  • $90,000 to investigate habitat requirement for Goshawks in Southern Coastal BC

  • $60,000 in support of the Kilnse-Zaa/Scott caribou herd maternal penning project in the south Peace region

Check out the full list here.

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