The Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust is one of several groups that will benefit from more than $9 million in funding for fish and wildlife projects in B.C.
Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust will receive $20,000 from the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, which announced funding for 170 projects at its recent annual convention in Fort. St. John.
Foundation CEO Brian Springinotic said the $9 million represents a record annual investment in conservation projects, made possible in part by a contribution from the Forest Enhancement Society of BC.However, Springinotic said the majority of project funding comes from conservation surcharges on freshwater angling, hunting, guide outfitting and trapping licences sold in B.C.
“These projects have been selected through a competitive technical evaluation process to ensure the best benefit for each conservation dollar,” said Springinotic. “Projects support important species for anglers and hunters as well as benefiting whole ecosystems, species-at-risk and environmental education programs across the province.”
Program manager Drew Bondar said Delta Farmland & Wildlife Trust is grateful for the ongoing support of Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.
“Funds from HCTF contribute to supporting our Grassland Set-aside and Winter Cover Stewardship programs, which provide critical habitat for an array of migratory and resident bird species as well as enhance soil fertility,” said Bondar.
“Through the ongoing support of funders such as HCTF, over $8 million has been disbursed back into the local farming community to support land stewardship and the viability of farming in a region that continues to face increasing challenges.”