Our Columbia Region Board approved $5.8 million for 55 fish and wildlife projects in 2016- 17 and they are underway now. These projects help conserve and enhance a diversity of species and ecosystems.Learn More
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.
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. And we lead our land securement projects.
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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 (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 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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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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