Awarded Grants

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Allan Brooks Nature Centre Society

Improving Okanagan Habitat Connectivity "Going from here to there"

Improving Okanagan Habitat Connectivity 'How do we get from here to there' is an educational outreach initiative that will provide the tools to understand and take action on the results and recommendations from the Biodiversity Conservation Strategy project and also to help the general public to understand why connected ecosystems and wildlife habitat corridors are an essential part of maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services in the Okanagan region. Both the SOSCP and the OCCP are working on a Biodiversity Conservation Strategy for the Okanagan region. The strategy promotes a “big-picture” landscape view of the region and provides a framework for considering conservation options for entire ecosystems and watersheds that go beyond municipal or rural boundaries and includes all land-tenures. The project that we are presenting here forms part of the implementation of the Biodiversity Conservation Strategy.
$20,000.00
2014

Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition

RESTORING WATERWAYS THROUGH HANDS ON ACTIONS, OUTREACH AND EDUCATION

Our proposed project will improve both Luckacuck Creek, Stewart Creek, and off-channel habitats in the Chilliwack River watershed through enhancing and restoring riparian and aquatic habitats along these watercourses. Coupled with these “shovels-in-the-ground” tree plantings and restoration activities, we will work with the landowners and the community to raise awareness and appreciation for the importance of watershed health. This will include community participation at planting events, and the promotion for the importance of stewarding local waterways. We will provide opportunities for community members to be involved in collecting, analyzing and understanding data on stream health. It is paramount to foster a sense of place, and care for waterways, wildlife and habitat especially during changing land-uses and increasing populations.
$20,000.00
2014

Kingfisher Environmental Interpretive Centre Society

Debris Flood Restoration

The Kingfisher Interpretive Centre incurred heavy damage by a catastrophic debris flood that roared down Cooke Creek on May 2nd, 2014. The damage to the site and our salmon hatchery is devastating but not insurmountable. We are working hard at re-establishing our ability to raise salmon and educate today's youth. We have major repairs to undertake including building an appropriate protective structure (berm in Cooke Creek), certified by an engineer, in order to regain our regular occupancy. We would like to have the new berm built and the majority of repairs (including re-establishing our compromised water sources) completed before the next Spring freshet (May) so that we will be allowed to use the site for raising our beloved salmon and educating local school children. We would also like to rebuild our internationally acclaimed watershed model that was completely destroyed by the flood and replace our lost inventory. We would like to request assistance from the Vancouver Foundation to aid us in our recovery and help us rebuild and recover our lost materials.
$15,000.00
2014

Kitasoo Kitasoo Band Council

Community Energy

Our program supports member Coastal First Nations communities in achieving their clean energy goals. We do this by hosing a supportive 'community of practice' where local leaders learn from each other, have access to external resources on an as-needed basis, and record progress towards their implementation goals on an annual basis. This program is in its third year, and is working towards achieving the objectives of the Great Bear Clean Energy Action Plan (2011) and the updated Clean Energy Strategy (2014). This work is important as it supports a strong peer-to-peer program that helps local leaders be stewards of their environment while supporting their local economies, moving communities off diesel generators, and fostering community pride. The next two years of work will focus on engaging community memebres and famililes in each community on how to better use energy in their homes, saving money, reducing diesel generation, reducing local pollution, and improving personal and ecosystem health.
$20,000.00
2014

Makeway Foundation

Increasing the Impact of Freshwater Funding in British Columbia

The goal is to go beyond networking, to achieve focused learning, partnership development and action on specific initiatives by establishing a program with structure, professional support and coordination, and tangible deliverables Over the next year, funders of freshwater working in British Columbia will formalize and strengthen their emerging collaborative effort known as the BC Water Funders Group. The purpose of this collaborative is to find areas of common interest and alignment between funders that facilitate the strategic use of collective resources to advance freshwater protection in B.C. The goal is to both increase the resources available for freshwater protection efforts and ensure funders are more effectively coordinating the use of those funds to ensure they are having a collective impact. The group provides a forum for exchange of information and peer learning between funders and water leaders by strengthening relationships, knowledge and networks. Over the next year, the funders group will host two-in person meetings and one field trip. It will convene three to four
$10,000.00
2014

Nature Trust of British Columbia

Kootenay Conservation Program - Stewardship

In 2013 the Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) worked with both its West Kootenay and East Kootenay Stewardship Committees to develop a Stewardship Framework to guide stewardship activities across the region. This framework identifies the need to increase the region's resiliency to the impacts of climate change, contribute to maintaining and/or restoring viable populations of species of interest and reducing the abundance and distribution of existing priority invasive species as well as prevent establishment of new invasive species. In order to effectively accomplish this, the KCP is proposing the further development of stewardship tracking and reporting tools, as well as the development of a relationship map to enhance stewardship activities. We are also proposing building capacity and enhancing collaboration within our partnership through the coordination of a series of conservation webinars and workshops.
$15,000.00
2014

Sierra Club of British Columbia Foundation

Building Community Capacity for Conservation Outcomes

With the support of the Vancouver Foundation, Sierra Club BC (“SCBC”) will work with our local group in Powell River (“Sierra Malaspina”) and Myrtle Creek Stewards to enhance ecological values in Myrtle Creek and build capacity within these groups in order to create a sense of community ownership and investment in the local environment. Following project completion in Powell River, Sierra Club BC will deliver the training to groups in Nanaimo, Quadra Island, Vancouver and the Okanagan. We envisage four interacting components: (1) fish habitat restoration, (2) building grassroots leadership capacity to maximise the effect of (3) community and stakeholder engagement. Component (4) would include training other local groups and supporting peer-to-peer learning, enabling them to replicate similar projects in their communities. Sierra Club BC is well positioned to offer these trainings due to years of experience doing public engagement and education. The youth engagement training module will draw on expertise from Sierra Club BC’s ongoing Youth Environmental Leadership Program.
$15,000.00
2014

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative Foundation

Engaging Communities and First Nations in the Peace River Break

Y2Y seeks to protect wildlife habitat, preserve wildlife movement, and enlist community support so that wildlife populations in the Peace River Break (PRB) remain healthy and connected to those in Alberta’s mountain parks and northern B.C. Since 2008, Y2Y has worked with northern communities to develop a conservation vision for habitat protection and conservation throughout the PRB. Partners include First Nations, the District of Hudson’s Hope, environmental groups, and the University of Northern B.C. Together we have completed a conservation vision map and strategic plan. Y2Y recently hired a full-time Peace River Break Coordinator, based in Chetwynd, to expand and implement this conservation strategy, including advocating for new protected areas. We have secured 3-years of funding for this position, and are seeking support from Vancouver Foundation to help cover travel costs to First Nations’ and non-First Nations’ communities, venue rental, and the creation of a new multimedia presentation and communications materials to promote the conservation vision.
$10,000.00
2014

Young Naturalists' Club of BC

Engaging youth to protect amphibians through road surveys

Amphibians play a key role in wetland health. Yet amphibian populations are in decline- they are the most threatened vertebrate group on earth (The Global Amphibian Assessment, 2004) . In BC, roads pose a significant risk to amphibians as they annually migrate to and from sources of water for breeding. Training and empowering youth to conduct Amphibian Road Surveys will help conserve amphibians through the collection of data (identifying high amphibian-use road crossings as sites for management and mitigation efforts) and by raising awareness and engaging local youth and families in local amphibian conservation. Remote training, including online videos and webinars, will be used to enable Young Naturalists’ Clubs around BC to conduct amphibian road surveys. A Road Survey Kit containing all the materials needed to conduct their road survey will be provided to interested clubs for their use. Youth Citizen Scientists will enter their data online to the BC Frogwatch website where the data will be collated, mapped and archived, contributing to the conservation of amphibian populations.
$19,875.00
2014