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.Learn More
55 Total 2016-17 Projects
22 Fish Projects
33 Wildlife Projects
$5.8M Invested in 2016-17 Projects
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.
Read our Grant Application Information Kit.
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.Apply Now
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.
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.
A 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.
Core or annual, ongoing projects are delivered by the Province of B.C. on behalf of the FWCP through a long-term agreement between FWCP and the Province. These projects include nutrient restoration programs, spawning channel operation, species’ recovery and ecosystem enhancement projects.
Most fish and wildlife projects in FWCP’s Columbia Region are funded through FWCP grants, but our Board may choose to direct projects and approve funding to address regional priorities.
The FWCP and Columbia Basin Trust (the Trust) partnered in 2013 to develop and implement the Upper Kootenay Ecosystem Enhancement Plan in the upper Kootenay River Watershed. The Trust provides funding, and FWCP provides and manages project delivery.View FWCP Organization Chart
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
Crystal Klym has more than 10 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.Contact
Columbia Region Board members (Sept. 2014) are responsible for guiding the FWCP’s work. Back row, from left: John Krebs, Trevor Oussoren, Dave White, Doug Johnson, Howie Wright. Front row, from left: Rick Morley, David Tesch, and Grant Trower. Missing from photo: Adam Neil and Joe Nicholas.
Their work is supported by fish and wildlife technical committees. Board/Committee list
Summary of Results from the 2015 Toad Research at Summit Lake. Also attend Toad Fest on July 28-29. Learn more here. Toad Tunnel Expected to Help With Another Early Migration For Immediate Release: June, 24, […]
Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 10 am to 2 pm View thousands of spawning kokanee, talk to biologists and learn about BearSmart, grizzlies and our Kootenay Lake Nutrient Restoration Program. The Meadow Creek spawning channel is […]
Update on Toad Migration As of Aug. 11, 2016 some toadlets were observed moving through Summit Lake Provincial Park. The majority are still tadpoles, or toadlets-with-a-tail near the shore, and are not yet mature enough […]