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.Learn More
26 Total 2017 - 2018 Projects
9 Fish Projects
17 Wildlife Projects
$2.2M Invested in 2017 - 2018 Projects
(March 23, 2017) 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, moose, 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.
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.
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.View FWCP Organization Chart
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 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.
Peace Region Board members (pictured as of fall 2015) are responsible for guiding the FWCP’s work. Their work is supported by the First Nations Working Group. From left: Ross Peck, George Desjarlais, T. Rosemarie Sam, Wayne Sawchuk, Gord Haines, Trevor Oussoren, Jason Lee, Norm Bilodeau, Eric LoFroth, Rian Hill, Luke Vince, Alec Chingee, Robin Tsakoza. Missing: Luke Gleeson, Debbie Beattie, and Teena Demeulemeester. Peace Region Board, Committee and First Nations Working Group Members.
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