Community Conservation Fund
Empowering communities to take action: our Community Conservation Fund supports locally driven conservation initiatives across British Columbia. Community conservation efforts make an important impact in protecting and enhancing our wildlife and ecosystems.
The Community Conservation Fund is a BC Conservation Foundation program that supports community-based conservation initiatives around the province.
Program objectives aim to provide community-based approaches, collaboration, applied knowledge and/or education to positively impact fish and wildlife populations at the local level.
An immature Western Screech Owl tagged by Megan Buers as part of her MSc research, partially funded by the BC Conservation Foundation’s Community Conservation Fund.
Congratulations to our 2023 Recipients!
Lake Windermere Ambassadors Society ($10,000)
To help fund a study, “Baseline Native Mussel Study for the Headwater Lakes Monitoring and Education: Lake Windermere Project,” that seeks to understand why the population of freshwater mussels is declining in Lake Windermere. The lack of mussels is especially concerning, as the lake was thought to have some of the best conditions for their survival. The study will highlight specific locations that provide critical habitat, and will use the information to inform future stewardship and restoration activities.
Christina Lake Stewardship Society ($2,200)
To support CLSS in updating and creating new displays in their visitors gallery to measure their height in comparison to actual-size common wildlife species that make their home in the Christina Lake Watershed, including white-tailed deer, coyotes, the American beaver, the black bear, and Rocky Mountain Elk.
Stay tuned for a revamped Community Conservation Fund in November.
In 2022, the Community Conservation Fund provided the resources necessary to update educational displays at the Kokanee Creek Nature Centre in the Central Kootenays.
Support from the Community Conservation Fund allowed the Simpcw First Nation to share ecological and cultural knowledge, and investigate site selection for future field work using Autonomous Recording Units (ARUs).