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Peace Region Announces 2017 - 2018 Projects

Our Peace Region Board approved $2.2 million for 26 fish and wildlife projects in 2017 - 2018. These projects help conserve and enhance species and ecosystems impacted by existing BC Hydro dams.

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26 Total 2017 - 2018 Projects

9 Fish Projects

17 Wildlife Projects

$2.2M Invested in 2017 - 2018 Projects

Our Grants At Work

Our Peace Region Board approved $2.2 million for 26 fish and wildlife projects to occur in 2017 – 2018. First Nations, stewardship groups, consultants, and agencies are leading the 9 fish and 17 wildlife projects that will help conserve and enhance fish and wildlife impacted by existing BC Hydro dams. Read our 2017 – 2018 project list.

Caribou, bats, migratory birds, moo.se, Bull Trout, Arctic Grayling, wetland and riparian species, and others will benefit from the projects. Work will continue this year as part of our multi-year project to gather data on mercury levels in fish in the Williston and Dinosaur reservoirs. We will also continue our multi-year project to investigate limiting factors affecting moose in the Peace Region, alongside the Provincial moose study. See our provincial 2017 – 2018 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.

Our Peace Region

A local Board made up of BC Hydro, the Province of B.C., Fisheries and Oceans Canada, First Nations and Public Stakeholders, guides the work of the FWCP and is responsible for approving all FWCP projects in our Peace Region.

Most fish and wildlife projects in FWCP’s Peace Region are funded through FWCP grants, but our Board may choose to direct projects and approve funding to address regional priorities. Read our annual report. See our Peace Region map.

A unique First Nations’ Working Group (FNWG) is actively involved in FWCP’s Peace Region. The FNWG is responsible for ensuring First Nations considerations and input are included in FWCP planning and projects.

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Working With Local First Nations

Our  First Nations Working Group (FNWG) was established in 2012 through a Memorandum of Understanding signed by Doig River, Kwadacha, McLeod Lake, Nak’azdli, Prophet River, Saulteau, the Treaty 8 Tribal Association, Tsay Keh Dene, and West Moberly First Nations.

The FNWG ensures First Nations’ considerations and input are included in all aspects of our strategic planning, annual operating plans, project review, approval and initiation, and capacity-building.

To ensure early First Nation engagement in all FWCP projects, each grant applicant must submit a mandatory Notice of Intent (NOI) form prior to their grant application.  The NOI helps grant-seekers identify contacts and incorporate First Nations input and recommendations into grant applications and projects. Contact the Regional Manager for more details.

First Nations Participation

Our Local FWCP Board

Peace Region Board, Committee and First Nations Working Group Members

Peace Region Board members (October 2017) are responsible for guiding the FWCP’s work.  Their work is supported by the First Nations Working Group.

From left: Ray Pillipow, Sina Abad (filling in for Luke Gleeson), Trevor Oussoren, Brian Paterson, Tamara Dokkie, Naomi Owens, Alec Chingee, Michael Freer, Wayne Sawchuk (back row), Ross Peck, Rob Chaisson. Missing: Carolyn McCook, Rosemarie Sam, Gord Haines, Bruce Muir.

Results? Read Our Reports

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 existing Hydro dams. Read our project reports for results and outcomes.

 

 

 

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Community Engagement Grants

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.

Peace 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.

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.

Our Peace Region Manager

Chelsea Coady is a professional biologist and has worked with First Nations, industry and government on sustainability and stewardship projects. She is experienced in environmental assessment and permitting processes, and has lived in the area for close to a decade since moving here from Ottawa to do her Masters of Science in Biology.

If you have any questions about the FWCP’s work in the Peace Region, please contact Chelsea. Subscribe and learn more about our projects, and how to apply for a grant.

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