The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation will announce a $400,000 donation to preserve fish habitat and ecosystems for wildlife in the Central Okanagan today.
In the Central Okanagan, the funds will include a $25,000 donation to continue funding a stewardship coordinator for the Mission Creek Greenway, where a coordinated effort to protect the spawning channel is underway.
In Wood Lake, the Middle Vernon Creek Water Conservation project will receive $65,875 for a project targeting water levels in the creek that is now in its third year. And another $30,000 is dedicated to the Okanagan small lakes management project.
Most of the money the HCTF uses to fund the projects comes from conservation surcharges on fishing and hunting licences.
“The foundation is a concrete symbol of the user’s investment in the resources,” said Harvey Andrusak, HCTF chairman. “Few people realize how much of the critical conservation work taking place in this province is funded by hunters, anglers, trappers and guide outfitters…These projects improve conditions for a tremendous range of species, not just those targeted by sportsmen.”
The largest of the seven grants will go to the City of Penticton to develop a restoration plan for severely channelized water, to provide flood protection and spawning habitat for fish populations in the area.