Our Columbia Region Board has approved $5.8 million for 55 projects that will benefit a diversity of species and ecosystems.
Click on our Columbia Region map to learn more about new projects underway in 2016-17.
55 Total 2016-17 Projects
22 Fish Projects
33 Wildlife Projects
$5.8M Invested in 2016-17 Projects
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.
In 2015-16, our Columbia Region Board approved 53 projects for a total investment of approximately $5.6 million in the region, which includes the East and West Kootenay, and North Columbia sub-regions. Learn more about projects delivered in 2015-16. Read our Columbia Region 2015-16 Project Summary or explore our regional map. Read our latest Newsletter.
Each year we invite grant applications for projects that align with our Columbia Region Action Plans. Our 2017-18 grant in-take will open in summer 2016. Grants are due in November 2016, and our local Board will make funding decisions in early 2017. Contact us if you have questions.
Apply for our Community Engagement Grants anytime.Learn More
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.
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
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.
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
Wolverine Harvest Sustainability in the Kootenay Region Wolverines are a species of management focus for the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations due to uncertainty about sustainability of legal trapping and harvest. This project […]
Westslope Cutthroat Trout Hybridization Evaluation This is year two of a four‐year project aimed at determining the extent of Westslope Cutthroat Trout hybridization with Rainbow Trout in the Upper Kootenay drainage system. Learn more about this […]
Kootenay Mule Deer Survival Monitoring This is a five‐year Mule Deer monitoring project to assess factors limiting population growth and recommend actions to increase abundance. Project spin‐offs will support restoration of Mule Deer habitat in the Upper […]