FWCP is Now Accepting Grant Applications for Fish & Wildlife Projects
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For Immediate Release: July 15, 2016
(PEACE REGION) The Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) has now opened its annual intake of fish and wildlife grant applications. Stewardship groups, First Nations, consultants, agencies or individuals are invited to apply for a grant to help conserve and enhance fish and wildlife impacted by existing BC Hydro dams in the Williston and Dinosaur watersheds.
“We fund hands-on and research-based projects that align with our Action Plans,” says FWCP Peace Region Manager, Dan Bouillon, adding, “Our Action Plans reflect local conservation priorities and guide our strategic funding decisions.”
Anyone interested in applying for funding from the FWCP should review the Action Plans and must submit a mandatory Notice of Intent, by September 21, that helps ensure your project idea aligns with these Plans, and enables early engagement of First Nations. Completed online grant applications are due by October 28, 2016. See fwcp.ca for our Action Plans, and more information about our grants, including a Notice of Intent form.
Currently, the FWCP is funding 20 fish and wildlife projects for more than $970,000 in its Peace Region. Species that are benefiting from this work include Woodland Caribou, Bull Trout, Arctic grayling, Fisher, amphibians as well as many migratory birds and bats.
Fish and wildlife projects funded by FWCP in 2016-17 include:
- maternity penning for Klinse-Za (Moberly) caribou that will help improve survival rates for calves;
- reducing wildlife barriers to improve habitat connectivity;
- banding birds at Mackenzie Nature Observatory to continue long-term data collection;
- estimating Bull Trout spawner abundance in Williston Reservoir, in order to identify critical spawning habitat and estimate populations;
- prioritizing angling enhancement opportunities in Nak’azdli First Nation territory to improve habitat and sustenance angling; and
- restoring lichen for caribou in the Finlay Arm.
The projects approved for FWCP funding reflect conservation priorities in the region, and were selected after a review by the FWCP’s First Nations’ Working Group (FNWG), technical committees and the 16-member Peace Region Board.
Across the province, FWCP is funding more than 116 fish and wildlife projects for a total of approximately $8.7 million.