2011 CVLCF Projects Funded

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Ecological Goods and Services Project – $5,000 to the Windermere and District Farmers Institute to test and demonstrate a voluntary, incentive based, private land conservation program that pays landowners and farmers to maintain and enhance the natural assets that they manage.

Thunder Hill Ranch Ecosystem Restoration – $20,000 to the Nature Conservancy of Canada to continue grassland ecosystem restoration on 48 ha of NCC’s Thunder Hill Ranch located on the west side of Columbia Lake.

Marion Creek Benchlands Purchase – $100,000 to the Nature Conservancy of Canada towards the purchase of 205ha of high value land for conservation located southwest of Fairmont Hot Springs.

Columbia Valley Invasive Plants Neighbourhood Program – $17,700 to the Windermere and District Farmers Institute and East Kootenay Invasive Plant Council to inventory and map invasive weeds, help educate landowners and provide financial assistance to help them remove weeds and reduce the threat to biodiversity.

Hoodoo Conservation Property Access Management – $17,500 to The Nature Trust of British Columbia for their work selectively installing fencing, gates and signage, restricting motor vehicles in sensitive ecosystems and helping the public appreciate the biodiversity of the Hoodoo property.

Sinclair Creek Native Plant Restoration – $5,190 to Wildsight to remove invasive weeds, replace them with native plants, and educate the public on the impact of native weeds on local landscapes in conjunction with Radium Hot Springs.

Boulder Creek Diversion Project – $70,000 to the Toby Benches Society and Lake Windermere Rod and Gun Club to improve water quality in two lakes and three streams and increase water quality for several wetlands by constructing a small dam and installing 3.5 km of irrigation pipe.

Limber Pine Restoration Project – $20,000 to the Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation Canada and Keefer Ecological Services Ltd. To collect limber pine seeds, propagate seedlings, plant limber pine primarily on private land. Limber pine is a threatened species in British Columbia.

Lake Windermere Ambassadors – Water Quality Attainment – $18,000 to the Lake Windermere Ambassadors Society and Wildsight to assist the Ambassador’s Society in water quality monitoring, shoreline restoration and water stewardship outreach.

Strategic Invasive Plant Control of Leafy Spurge – $8,500 to the East Kootenay Invasive Plant Council to decrease the infestation of leafy spurge in the Upper Columbia Valley.