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Peace Region fish and wildlife projects awarded $2.1 million in funding

Thirty research projects supporting fish and wildlife in the Peace Region are being funded by the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program this year. The projects will see a combined $2.
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Thirty research projects supporting fish and wildlife in the Peace Region are being funded by the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program this year.

The projects will see a combined $2.1 million in funding through the program, which target fish and wildlife impacted by hydroelectric dam development in the region.

The funding covers a wide range of work, including the creation of wildlife trees, bird banding near Mackenzie, restoring caribou habitat, caribou calf maternity penning, Fisher habitat conservation, and studies of lake trout, bull trout, arctic grayling, and kokanee in Williston Reservoir.

“The projects approved by the FWCP in the Peace Region for 2018–2019 will benefit species, habitats and ecosystems impacted by existing dams, and we’re very excited about the work planned for this year,” program manager Chelsea Coady said in a news release.

The FWCP is a partnership between BC Hydro, the province, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, First Nations, and local communities and groups.

The organization will host a series of workshops on conserving and managing wetlands this summer, including stops Moberly Lake, Mackenzie, Tsay Keh Dene, and Fort St. James.

Workshops are scheduled for:

“Projects like the wetland workshops will benefit many species, and support conservation and enhancement of important habitats. Many of the projects we fund will improve the science and understanding of species and their habitats, which is the first step in conservation planning,” Coady said. 

In total, 118 projects will receive $10 million in funding this year in the Coastal, Columbia, and Peace regions. Projects are evaluated by local boards.

A full list of projects can be found on the FWCP website.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca