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October 8, 2019, 9:06 am

Columbia Basin Trust Helps to Fund Large-Scale Projects that Enhance Ecosystem Health

Columbia Basin Trust

CRANBROOK -  Habitat such as wetlands and creeks, and animals such as elk and bull trout will benefit from five multi-year projects that are restoring over 1,700 hectares of important land thanks to community efforts and Columbia Basin Trust’s Ecosystem Enhancement Program.

The five-year, $10-million program helps groups undertake projects to maintain and improve ecological health and native biodiversity in a variety of ecosystems. Through the program, the Trust seeks project ideas from community organizations and helps bring the projects to fruition. These five new projects are in addition to five projects supported earlier this year that are restoring 3,800 hectares of habitat near Creston and in the southern portion of the Rocky Mountain Trench.

“People in the Columbia Basin told us they value healthy, diverse and functioning ecosystems and they want us to support large-scale habitat restoration across the Basin,” said Tim Hicks, Senior Manager, Delivery of Benefits. “By supporting in-depth ecosystem projects over the long-term, we can help make a meaningful and measurable difference to these areas and the plants and animals that live in them.”

The five new projects, receiving nearly $1.85 million, focus on the Arrow/Slocan region and Columbia Valley region

Enhancing Wetlands and the Habitats They Provide - $232,800
Creating More and Better Habitat for ki?lawna? (Grizzlies) - $263,500
Restoring the Forest to Expand the Possibilities - $401,200
Collaborating to Restore a Watershed - $350,000
Targeting Dry Slopes, With Benefits Now and in the Future - $600,000

The Trust identifies projects by seeking input from community groups, First Nations representatives, government and subject matter experts, and reviewing regional plans and research. The Trust works with organizations to initiate and/or support the selected projects, focusing on two sub-regions during each year of the program. It is currently reviewing potential project opportunities in the Lower Columbia and Elk Valley regions. Learn more at ourtrust.org/ecosystems.

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