Our Columbia Region Board approved $5.5 million for 48 fish and wildlife projects in 2017 - 2018. These projects help conserve and enhance species and ecosystems impacted by BC Hydro dams.Learn More
48 Total 2017 -2018 Projects
17 Fish Projects
31 Wildlife Projects
$5.5M Invested in 2017-18
Our Columbia Region Board approved $5.5 million for 48 fish and wildlife projects to occur in 2017 – 2018. First Nations, stewardship groups, consultants, and agencies are leading the 17 fish and 31 wildlife projects that will help conserve and enhance fish and wildlife impacted by existing BC Hydro dams. Read our 2017 – 2018 project list.
Caribou, Bull Trout, Kokanee, Gerrard Rainbow Trout, Grizzly Bears, wetland species, at-risk reptiles, waterfowl, and other species will benefit from the projects. Thirteen of the projects will be delivered through the Upper Kootenay Ecosystem Enhancement Plan (UKEEP), which was jointly announced by Columbia Basin Trust (the Trust) and FWCP in May 2013, along with $3 million in funding from the Trust. See our 2017 – 2018 provincial project map.
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.
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. We lead our land securement projects. Read our annual report.
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Columbia Region Board members (October 2017) are responsible for guiding our work. Their work is supported by fish and wildlife technical committees.
From left: Rick Morley, Howie Wright, Misun Kang, Dave White, Kim Cox, John Krebs, Rob Neil, Trevor Oussoren, and David Tesch. Missing: Adam Neil
Each year stewardship groups, First Nations, agencies and consultants receive grants from us to deliver fish and wildlife projects. These projects align with our Action Plans, and help us fulfill our mission to conserve and enhance fish and wildlife impacted by BC Hydro dams. Read our project reports for results and outcomes.Download Report List
Apply anytime for a Community Engagement Grant. These grants are typically $500 to $1,000 and help stewardship groups and others take action to benefit local fish and wildlife.
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.
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 and FWCP in May 2013, along with $3 million from the Trust.
Forty projects have been delivered in the Upper Kootenay River Watershed so far. Read our project list.
Upper Kootenay Ecosystem Enhancement Plan
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. Subscribe and learn more about our projects, and how to apply for a grant.Contact
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