Ashley Ekelund BCCF Project Coordinator, Jason Hwang PSF VP of Salmon, Barb Waters BCCF Project Coordinator at Louis Creek, important to Chinook & Coho habitat rehabilitation, Kamloops area, August 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 12, 2020
$200,000 granted to the BC Conservation Foundation by Pacific Salmon Foundation
Grants will help improve freshwater habitat for salmon spawning and rearing in Louis Creek, Upper Nicola River, and Paul Creek
VANCOUVER – The Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF) announces grants for five projects for the BC Conservation Foundation totaling $200,000 through the PSF Community Salmon Program (CSP). The total value of the projects, which includes community fundraising, contributions and volunteer time, is $1.6M, focused on the rehabilitation of key Pacific salmon habitats in the Kamloops area.
“BC Conservation Foundation is partnering with Pacific Salmon Foundation to restore interior stream habitat at important spawning and rearing locations utilized by Chinook, Coho and other species. The Pacific Salmon Foundation has been a strong supportive partner, responsive to our needs in the interior by providing timely funding support that has been instrumental in encouraging other partners including landowners, First Nations, Fish Resource Managers, stewardship groups, citizens, industry and other government partners to step forward and participate in these important habitat restoration initiatives,” says Deborah Gibson, Executive Director with the BC Conservation Foundation.
Funding from PSF will be used to improve freshwater habitat for salmon spawning and rearing in Louis Creek, Upper Nicola River, and Paul Creek. These watersheds are particularly important to Chinook and Coho salmon that are of conservation concern due to a number of factors, including climate change that is affecting freshwater flows during key times for salmon development and migration.
“We are very proud to have supported 98 BC Conservation Foundation projects since 1993, and to have provided nearly $3 million for their substantive body of habitat works that benefit Pacific salmon throughout our province.The Community Salmon Program relies on grassroots partnerships with organizations such as the BC Conservation Foundation, and by working together we can find solutions to ensure the future of Pacific salmon across the province,” says Jason Hwang, Vice President for Salmon, Pacific Salmon Foundation, and a resident of Kamloops.
PSF’s Community Salmon Program is funded primarily from sales of the federal government’s Salmon Conservation Stamp. The Salmon Stamp is purchased annually by saltwater anglers who participate in the public fishery. Proceeds from the $6 stamp are returned to British Columbia through PSF, generating nearly $1.5 million for community grants annually.
This spring PSF has awarded more than $1.2M in grants to 117 grassroots salmon conservation projects across British Columbia. The value of these projects is nearly $10M Including local fundraising and volunteerism. Thousands of volunteers will be supported to:
The Province of British Columbia also contributed funds to the Community Salmon Program as part of a $5 million grant, through 2023 to address the immediate and ongoing needs of Pacific salmon and their habitats.
Community Salmon Program grants support projects from across British Columbia and the Yukon, with a focus on habitat stewardship, salmon enhancement, science and education. In addition to funds generated from the Salmon Conservation Stamp, and from the Province of BC, these grants are made possible by corporate donations from Trans Mountain, Mosaic Forest Management, BC Hydro, Enbridge, Methanex, Seaspan, FortisBC Energy. Funds are also raised through Pacific Salmon Foundation fundraising dinners, auctions and donations from individuals, foundations and businesses.
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