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Columbia Region Announces 2017 - 2018 Projects

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.

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48 Total 2017 -2018 Projects

17 Fish Projects

31 Wildlife Projects

$5.5M Invested in 2017-18

Grant Intake Open

Our annual intake of grant applications is now open. Grant applications are due Friday, October 27, 2017 at 5 p.m. PDT.

Read our grant information kit.

Learn more about our Columbia Region regional requirements and priorities.

Review our grant and project cycle.

We’re here to help. Contact us to discuss your grant application.

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 Now for Grants

Our Columbia Region is now accepting grant applications. Projects that align with priority actions in our Action Plans are eligible for a grant. See Action Plans posted below. Read our grant information kit. Review our regional requirements.


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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.


Upper Kootenay Ecosystem Enhancement Plan - Apply Now!

We’re now accepting grant applications for projects that align with actions in the Upper Kootenay Ecosystem Enhancement Plan (UKEEP). Stewardship groups, First Nations, consultants, agencies or individuals are invited to apply for a grant to help conserve and enhance fish and wildlife in the Upper Kootenay River watershed. More.

This is year five of our five-year funding partnership with Columbia Basin Trust so if you have project ideas, for work beginning after April 1 2018, please apply by October 27, 2017.

Since UKEEP’s inception, more than 40 projects have been supported with an investment of nearly $2 million. Applicants have leveraged the same amount again to help deliver projects valuing at more than $4 million.

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 from the Trust.

Thirteen projects were funded in 2017-18.

The fall 2017 intake of grant applications is open. It’s the fifth year of a five-year agreement between the FWCP and the Trust, so apply now. Grant applicants are encouraged to focus only on the priority #1 actions in the plan. See our Funding page for grant application details. Contact the Columbia Region Manager for more information.


Upper Kootenay Ecosystem Enhancement Plan

Our Funding At Work

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.

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Our Columbia Region 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. Subscribe and learn more about our projects, and how to apply for a grant.


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. We lead our land securement projects. Read our annual report.


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Our Local FWCP Board

Columbia Region Board members (June 2017) are responsible for guiding our work. From left: Kim Cox, Adam Neil, Rick Morley, Misun Kang, Dave White, Trevor Oussoren, and Howie Wright. Missing from photo: Rob Neil, John Krebs, and David Tesch.

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

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