FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 30, 2015
Project will support rehabilitation of salmon habitat
VANCOUVER – The Pacific Salmon Foundation today announced $8,375 for a Pacific salmon project in New Hazelton. The total value of the project including volunteer time and community fundraising is over $23,000. The Foundation’s Community Salmon Program supports habitat stewardship, Pacific salmon enhancement and watershed education, and is funded primarily from sales of the federal government’s Salmon Conservation Stamp.
The project is by the Chicago Creek Community Environmental Enhancement Society, with the funds going towards building two additional rock and log weirs that will help preserve spawning gravel and increase salmon spawning opportunities in the Mission Creek watershed near Hazelton.
“We are pleased to support the Chicago Creek Community Environmental Enhancement Society and their Mission Creek Watershed Spawning Habitat Restoration project, as it focuses on habitat that is crucial to the success of the local salmon population,” said Dr. Brian Riddell, president and CEO of the Pacific Salmon Foundation.
The Foundation’s Community Salmon Program supports community groups, volunteers and First Nations across the province. All give countless hours each year to monitor watersheds, develop and implement habitat rehabilitation projects, and educate communities about the watershed conservation and protection of salmon. The program requires grantees to find matching funds for projects. On average, grantees raise an additional six dollars for every dollar they receive through additional fundraising for donations of in-kind and money at the community level.
The majority of funds for the Community Salmon Program were generated through sales of the federal Salmon Conservation Stamp. The Salmon Conservation Stamp is a decal that must be purchased annually by anglers if they wish to keep Pacific salmon caught in saltwater off of Canada’s West Coast. Currently all proceeds from the $6 dollar stamp are returned to British Columbia through the Foundation, generating about $1 million for community grants annually.
In addition to funds generated from the sales of the federal “Salmon Stamp”, the grants are made possible by Pacific Salmon Foundation fundraising dinners, auctions and donations from individuals, foundations and businesses. Several businesses and foundations also contribute to the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s community salmon program. The project in New Hazelton was also supported in part through a donation by TransCanada to the Foundation’s Community Salmon Program.
TransCanada is proud to support the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s (PSF) Community Salmon program,” said Alex Pourbaix, EVP and President, Development at TransCanada. “Thanks to this program, communities and Aboriginal groups in northern B.C. are engaging in great work to protect Pacific salmon habitat by implementing salmon conservation initiatives in their own backyards.”
“We are also thrilled to support PSF’s ongoing research to identify the factors affecting Pacific salmon in the Skeena watershed – a critical need identified by PSF and the many surrounding communities that depend on this important resource.”
Pacific Salmon Foundation
Chicago Creek Community Environmental Enhancement Society
?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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