Use our interactive map to find out more about the 40 projects our Columbia Region board approved for 2022–2023.Read our project list
40 Total 2022-23 Projects
10 Fish Projects 2022-23
30 Wildlife Projects 2022-23
$6.2M Total Funded 2022-23
Jen Walker-Larsen has been selected as the new Columbia Region Manager. She is a biologist and professional communicator who believes the best decisions incorporate diverse values and perspectives. Born in Churchill Falls, Labrador, she has lived in a wide variety of communities and countries and appreciates new surroundings and people. After obtaining her master’s degree from the University of Calgary, Jen worked for seven years as a biologist with the Gwich’in Renewable Resource Board in Inuvik. She lives with her husband Ron in the beautiful town of Revelstoke.
Our Columbia Region board approved more than ~$6.1 million for 40 projects for 2022–2023. These projects will help conserve and enhance fish and wildlife in watersheds impacted by BC Hydro dams.
The projects—10 fish and 30 wildlife—will be delivered by Indigenous Nations, communities and businesses, as well as agencies, stewardship groups, and consultants. Together, the projects will conserve and restore habitat, help secure conservation lands, fill important data gaps about fish and wildlife populations to help inform future conservation actions, strengthen habitat connectivity, and support many species, including bull trout, kokanee, bighorn sheep, elk, mule and white-tailed deer, bears, bank and barn swallows, western toads, northern leopard frogs, and bats.
Our three regional boards have approved funding for 37 fish and 58 wildlife projects for 2022–2023, including 30 in our Coastal Region, 40 in our Columbia Region, and 25 in our Peace Region. Together, the boards approved over ~$9.8 million.
Read our latest Columbia Region annual report.
We have identified conservation priorities for fish and wildlife in each of our three regions: Coastal, Columbia and Peace. These priorities and recommended actions are reflected in a series of watershed and ecosystem-based action plans that vary by region.
These plans recommend specific projects and priorities, and guide our grant decisions. In our Columbia Region, we fund projects that align with our five Columbia Region ecosystem-based action plans. Be sure to read our Overview of Columbia Region Action Plans.
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 fulfil our mission to conserve and enhance fish and wildlife in watersheds impacted by BC Hydro dams. Read our project reports for results and outcomes.Download Report List
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 annual and ongoing projects are delivered with support from the Province of B.C. through a letter of agreement (LOA) between the FWCP and the Province. Annual and ongoing projects include our nutrient restoration programs, 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 support high priority land securement projects in our Columbia Region. Read our annual report.
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Columbia Region Board members (June 2022) are responsible for guiding our work. Their work is supported by fish and wildlife technical committees.
Board members from left: Samara Kolasko, Monique Stevenson, Misun Kang, Wendy Booth, John Krebs. Missing: Damien Joly, Kim Cox, Mark Thomas and Moss Giasson.
Jen has been with BC Hydro for 15 years: 14 years as stakeholder engagement advisor, and in 2021 – 2022 she was the acting Peace Region manager. She is a biologist and professional communicator who believes the best decisions incorporate diverse values and perspectives.
After obtaining her master’s degree from the University of Calgary, Jen worked for seven years as a biologist with the Gwich’in Renewable Resource Board in Inuvik. She lives with her husband Ron in the beautiful town of Revelstoke.
If you have any questions about the FWCP’s work in the Columbia Region, please contact Jen.Contact
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