Columbia Basin Trust: New Projects Support Biodiversity, Improve Basin Ecosystems
Columbia Basin Trust providing $1.35 million to three projects in Elk Valley, Lower Columbia
Columbia Basin Trust is providing $1.35 million to three new, large-scale projects that will improve ecosystems in the Elk Valley and Lower Columbia sub-regions, benefitting locally significant species including northern rubber boas, bull trout and Rocky Mountain elk among others, and their habitats.
The Ecosystem Enhancement Program is a five-year initiative that aims to maintain and improve ecological health and native biodiversity in the region through large-scale, on-the-ground projects with significant and measurable impacts.
“This program is a model for how we can focus on local priorities by working together with First Nations, regional environmental groups and community champions that have the knowledge and solutions to local ecological challenges in the Basin,” said Johnny Strilaeff, Columbia Basin Trust President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are proud of the partnerships we’ve developed and we look forward to supporting these and more community-led projects to make a meaningful, long-term impact to our natural environments and the species that rely on them.”
Projects previously announced in the fall and spring of 2019 are working to restore over 5,000 hectares of habitat around Kootenay Lake, the southern Rocky Mountain Trench, Arrow/Slocan region and the Columbia Valley. The next round of projects from the North Columbia and Upper Columbia sub-region will be announced this spring.
The final intake of the program this year will support projects that take place throughout the Basin. Introductory online program information sessions will take place March 3 and 9. For more information on the program and intake, visit: ourtrust.org/ecosystems.
Broad Measures Target Rare Species and Ecosystems: $650,000
Stream Improvements Aid Fish Habitat: $300,000
Elk Conservation Area Gets a Boost: $400,000
Learn more about the Trust’s work in Environment.