From left: Dr. Brian Riddell, CEO and President, Pacific Salmon Foundation; MP Cathy McLeod,Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo; the Honorable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans; Senator Nancy Green-Raine, Government of Canada; the Honorable Tom Siddon, former Minister of Fisheries.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 6, 2014
PACIFIC SALMON FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES $120,250 GRANT TO
BC CONSERVATION FOUNDATION FOR SWIFT CREEK RESTORATION PROJECT
Part of $1.5 million in grants across British Columbia
KAMLOOPS – The Pacific Salmon Foundation announced that the BC Conservation Foundation is the recipient of a Community Salmon Program grant worth $120,250 for work on its Swift Creek Watershed Restoration Project. The announcement was made in Kamloops on October 4th with MP Cathy McLeod (Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo) at a Pacific Salmon Foundation reception in conjunction with the “Salute to the Sockeye” celebration at the Adams River. Funding for the grant was generated in part through the proceeds from anglers obtaining Salmon Conservation Stamps through Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
“This grant is critical to the success of our project and will have direct benefits to salmon in Swift Creek,” said Barb Waters of the B.C. Conservation Foundation. “Sediment and erosion have been steadily decreasing salmon production at eight sites over the years, and these funds will help address that through rehabilitation and replacement of the stream banks.”
This year, the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s Community Salmon Program will provide $1.5 million in grants to 121 projects in 72 communities across British Columbia. The total value of the projects, including volunteer time and community fundraising, is $9.1 million. The Swift Creek Watershed Restoration Project alone has a total value of more than $360,000.
“Our granting model is designed to maximize community engagement and shared resources,” said Dr. Brian Riddell, president and CEO of the Pacific Salmon Foundation. “The Swift Creek Watershed Restoration is a great example of how that works, as the BC Conservation Foundation has worked with community partners and volunteers to triple the value of the overall project.”
In addition to funds generated from the federal Salmon Conservation Stamp, the grants are made possible by Pacific Salmon Foundation fundraising dinners in ten communities and donations from individuals, foundations and businesses. Proceeds from the Salmon Conservation Stamp have been a particularly important source of funding, with $7.75 million received since 1989. The Salmon Conservation Stamp is a decal that must be obtained annually by anglers if they wish to keep Pacific salmon caught in saltwater off of Canada’s West Coast. In 2013, the Government of Canada committed 100 per cent of Salmon Conservation Stamp income to the Foundation, generating more than $1 million for community grants annually.
“Our government is proud to support Pacific salmon and the work that streamkeeping groups do in communities,” said MP Cathy McLeod (Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo). “I am particularly pleased that one of the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s grants this year went to support the important on-going conservation work in Swift Creek by the B.C. Conservation Foundation.”
The Pacific Salmon Foundation’s Community Salmon Program supports thousands of volunteers who give countless hours each year to monitor watersheds, develop and implement habitat rehabilitation projects, and educate communities about the conservation and protection of salmon. Since its inception in 1987, the Foundation has provided $41.3 million in project awards and grants to a total of 2,262 projects that have involved more than 35,000 community volunteers.
Download the 2014 Community Salmon Program Press Kit
Contact: Michael Meneer, Pacific Salmon Foundation, 604-664-7664 ext. 127, firstname.lastname@example.org
MP Cathy McLeod, 250-320-5838
About the Pacific Salmon Foundation:
The Pacific Salmon Foundation was created in 1987 as an independent, non-governmental, charitable organization to protect, conserve and rebuild Pacific salmon populations in British Columbia and the Yukon. The Foundation’s mission is to be the trusted voice for conservation and restoration of wild Pacific salmon and their ecosystems and works to bring salmon back stream by stream through the strategic use of resources and local communities. www.psf.ca
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