B.C. government committing $8.5M over three years for caribou habitat restoration
By PJ Boyd
The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation has approved seven additional projects aimed to help the restoration of B.C.’s caribou habitats following funding from the B.C. government and that will be used through the Caribou Habitat Restoration Fund.
The province has committed $8.5 million over three years for this restoration work after initially providing $2 million to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation in April 2018 for caribou habitat restoration. The additional $6.5 million over three years is in partnership with the foundation. The restoration program goal is to rehabilitate areas that have been chosen as priority caribou recovery sites following disruptions to the area from human activity such as forestry, mining, oil and gas, as well as road constructions.
One of the seven projects this funding will go to support is in the expansion of previous habitat restoration work done to benefit the Columbia North caribou herd near Revelstoke. $33,217 in grant money from this program will support the restoration of 11.5-kilometre stretch of road in the Columbia North area.
The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation will be accepting applications for caribou habitat restoration projects in September 2020. The 2020 intake will close on Nov. 6 at 4:30 p.m. (Pacific time). Further details are available on the foundation’s website: hctf.ca/grants/caribou-habitat-restoration-grants/