The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation announced that it is providing grants totalling $5.8 million to communities across British Columbia.
In her announcement, HCTF Board Chair Dr. Winifred Kessler acknowledged the Foundation contributors. “By making this multi-million dollar investment, B.C.’s anglers, hunters, guide-outfitters, and trappers continue their outstanding record as champions for conservation, habitat restoration and biological diversity across B.C. On their behalf, the Foundation will continue to invest in projects that sustain this priceless natural heritage for all British Columbians.”
Over 130 projects in communities across B.C. will be led by some of B.C.’s best qualified wildlife biologists, fisheries scientists, and volunteer groups. Project details were released today at the annual BC Wildlife Federation Convention in Courtenay.
In the Kootenays, HCTF is providing about $230,000 to a range of projects to benefit sheep, mule deer, moose and grizzly bears; this investment is leveraging over $800,000 in project investments from other partners.
Since its creation in 1981, HCTF has provided almost $140 million in project funding to almost 3,000 conservation, enhancement, and educational projects across BC. As most HCTF projects are partnered with other organizations, the total invested is over $400 million.