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Our Columbia Region Board approved $5.8 million for 55 fish and wildlife projects underway now. These projects help conserve and enhance a diversity of species and ecosystems. We're accepting grant applications now for projects starting in 2017. Find out more about our grants and Action Plans.

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55 Total 2016-17 Projects

22 Fish Projects

33 Wildlife Projects

$5.8M Invested in 2016-17 Projects

We're Accepting Grant Applications

Our annual intake of grant applications is now open. All completed online grant applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Friday, October 28, 2016.

Our Columbia Region board is looking for grant applications that address one or more of these priorities: 1) stream habitat and restoration; 2) riparian and wetland restoration and conservation; and 3) projects in the North Columbia. Grant applications that address these priorities will receive bonus points when we evaluate the applications.

If you applied last year, we’ve made it easier for you: you can copy content from your previous grant application into your new one. And we’re always here to help.

Read our Grant Application Information Kit.

Project Reports

We post and share final reports from all FWCP-funded projects on provincial databases, along with any project data. We also maintain a searchable list of all final reports by region. Contact us if you can’t find the report you want.

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Apply for a Grant

All grant seekers must use our online grant application. New grant-seekers will need to register first and returning grant-seekers can use their existing login credentials to start a new online grant application. Grant applications are due by 5:00 pm (pacific time), Friday, October 28, 2016.

Read our Grant Application Information Kit.

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Columbia Region Basin & Action Plans

We have identified conservation priorities for fish and wildlife in each of our three regions: Coastal, Columbia and Peace. The priority issues and recommended actions are reflected in a series of Basin, Action and Watershed Plans that vary by region.

Our core Fisheries Program Five-Year Plan 2014-2018 details our priorities for fisheries in the Columbia Region.

These plans recommend specific projects and priorities, and are used to guide our grant decisions. We fund projects that align with these Action Plans, so be sure your proposed project is in alignment with local conservation priorities. Contact us if you have questions.


Our Columbia Region

local Board made up of BC Hydro, the Province of B.C., First Nations and Public Stakeholders, guides the work of the FWCP and is responsible for approving all FWCP projects in the Columbia Region. Map of our Columbia Region.

Many of our core projects, (i.e. annual ongoing projects) are delivered with support from the Province of B.C. through a letter of agreement (LOA) between the FWCP and the Province. Core projects include nutrient restoration programs, the operation of spawning channels, species’ recovery and ecosystem enhancement projects. Several of our annual and ongoing contracts and agreements are administered by BC Hydro on behalf of the FWCP. And we lead our land securement projects.


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Our Funding At Work

In 2016-17, the FWCP Columbia Board has approved funding for 55 projects that will help conserve and enhance fish and wildlife impacted by BC Hydro dams. Read our Columbia Region 2016-17 Project Summary and view our 2016-17 Project Overview Map.

A diversity of species-at-risk, including Northern Leopard Frogs, Lewis’s Woodpecker and caribou, and their habitats, will benefit from the projects funded by FWCP. Projects will be delivered by First Nations, non-government agencies, and others across the Columbia Region.

Some projects–such as hands-on restoration work–may result in immediate benefits to fish or wildlife. Other projects–such as research and information-gathering–may help improve the scientific understanding of species or ecosystems, and contribute to long-term decision-making and planning management actions.

Upper Kootenay Ecosystem Enhancement Plan

The Upper Kootenay Ecosystem Enhancement Plan (UKEEP) is helping conserve and enhance fish, wildlife and ecosystems in the Upper Kootenay River Watershed, including  Koocanusa Reservoir. It was developed with technical and community input that helped define the conservation priorities for lakes, streams, wetlands, upland and dryland areas, as well as species of interest. This regional ecosystem enhancement plan was jointly announced by Columbia Basin Trust (the Trust) and FWCP in May 2013, along with $3 million in funding from the Trust.

In 2016-17, 14 UKEEP projects have been funded. Local groups and agencies are invited to apply for 2017-18 grants to deliver the projects in UKEEP. See our Funding page for grant application details. Contact the Columbia Region Manager for more information.

Upper Kootenay Ecosystem Enhancement Plan
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Our Columbia Regional Manager

Crystal Klym has more than 15 years’ experience in conservation, sustainable natural resource management, and environmental stewardship. If you have any questions about the FWCP’s work in the Columbia Region, please contact Crystal.

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Our Local FWCP Board

Columbia Region Board members (Sept. 2016) are responsible for guiding our work. From left: Adam Neil, Trevor Oussoren, Grant Trower, Dave White, John Krebs, David Tesch and Rick Morley. Missing from photo: Doug Johnson, Howie Wright and Nevada Nicholas.

Their work is supported by fish and wildlife technical committees. Board/Committee List

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