Ocean tank enhancement with new animals & mural project, 2019, photo by Amanda Vibert, Baker Creek Enhancement Society.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 20, 2020
$19,000 granted to Cariboo North & Chilcotin salmon projects by the
Pacific Salmon Foundation
VANCOUVER – The Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF) announced today 11 projects were approved in 2019, with a total of $19,330 in grants awarded through the Community Salmon Program. The total value of the projects, which includes community fundraising, contributions and volunteer time, is $112,597.
Grants provided by the Pacific Salmon Foundation in British Columbia totaled $1,772,207 for 206 Pacific salmon projects across the province in 2019. Along with community fundraising and volunteer time, the total value of the projects province-wide was $10.1 Million.
PSF’s Community Salmon Program is funded primarily from sales of the federal government’s Salmon Conservation Stamp. The Salmon Conservation Stamp is a decal purchased annually by anglers if they wish to keep Pacific salmon caught in saltwater off of Canada’s West Coast. Proceeds from the $6 stamp are returned to British Columbia through PSF, generating nearly $1.5 million for community grants annually.
In 2019, the Province of British Columbia also contributed funds to the Pacific salmon Foundation’s Community Salmon Program following as part of a $5 Million grant to address the immediate needs of Pacific salmon and their habitats.
“Our ocean tank is one of our most valued stewardship teaching tools at the Nature Education and Resource Centre. As an interior community, people are so interested in the close up view of intertidal life. It gives us an opportunity to strengthen the connection between the freshwater and marine environments utilised by salmon throughout their lifecycle,” Amanda Vibert, Program Manager, Baker Creek Enhancement Society. “We are very appreciative for the financial support from the Pacific Salmon Foundation for this and other projects in Quesnel.”
Community Salmon Program Grants in the Cariboo region:
• Horsefly River Roundtable, Habitat Rehabilitation & Education & Awareness projects
• Horsefly Elementary Junior Secondary, Stream of Dreams, Horsefly
• Baker Creek Enhancement Society, Ocean Tank Enclosure Project & Education & Awareness, Training projects, Quesnel
• Nazko First Nation, Habitat Rehabilitation, Quesnel
• Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society, Interactive Watershed Model & Education projects, Williams Lake
• Williams Lake Field Naturalists / Scout Island Nature Centre, Education & Awareness, Training projects
“The Community Salmon Program is the heart of the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s work and the projects highlight and manifest PSF’s commitment to revitalize and protect Pacific salmon,” said Michael Meneer, PSF President and CEO. “By working together with Government, First Nations, businesses, community organizations and volunteers, we can find solutions together and the best way to ensure the future of Pacific salmon across the province.”
The program requires grantees to find local matching funds for projects. On average, grantees raise an additional seven dollars for every dollar they receive through cash and in-kind donations at the community level. In addition to funds generated from the Salmon Conservation Stamp, these grants are made possible by Pacific Salmon Foundation fundraising dinners, auctions and donations from individuals, foundations and businesses.
Pacific Salmon Foundation
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About the Pacific Salmon Foundation
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 by supporting local communities. www.psf.ca
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