The Pacific Salmon Foundation proudly announces $372,378 in grants to 60 grassroots Pacific salmon conservation projects. Across B.C. and the Yukon, 32 communities received funding as part of the Community Salmon Program’s fall grants, which support local salmon conservation and restoration efforts.
Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF) funding empowers stewardship groups, volunteers, and Indigenous communities to conserve and rehabilitate Pacific salmon and their habitat while increasing awareness and public engagement on issues related to salmon.
Since 1989 when the program first launched, PSF has provided $24.3 million in grants to more than 2900 projects through the Community Salmon Program (CSP). Successful projects have included salmon habitat restoration efforts, aquatic monitoring and research, conservation hatcheries operations, educational programming and outreach, and citizen science initiatives. See below for two success stories.
“This past year proved especially challenging for salmon. Despite record-breaking heatwaves, wildfires, droughts, and floods, we continue to see people rallying together for salmon during these times. The Pacific Foundation is proud to support communities with consistent and reliable funding through the Community Salmon Program,” says Michael Meneer, CEO & President, Pacific Salmon Foundation. “More than ever, salmon need our help. We are incredibly thankful to local stewards, volunteers, and communities for their hard work, and we will continue to provide support for their grassroots salmon conservation efforts.”
PSF’s Community Salmon Program accepts new applications each spring and fall. It is primarily supported by the federal Salmon Conservation Stamp, a decal which anglers purchase with their fishing licence. All generated proceeds support PSF’s salmon restoration, stewardship, education, and enhancement efforts.
“Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, PSF predicts a decrease in available funds for this year’s CSP grants. We know there is a strong demand for more salmon conservation support from local communities, so we encourage you to purchase a Salmon Stamp this year even if you can’t go fishing or donate directly to the Pacific Salmon Foundation,” says Meneer.
Community Salmon Program Success Stories
On the Sunshine Coast, the B.C. Conservation Foundation (BCCF)’s Vital Kelp Project, which is creating a suspended kelp canopy refuge for salmon on a migratory pathway, received CSP funding in the fall 2021 callout.
Kelp forests provide important nearshore marine habitat when salmonids leave their native streams and rivers. Given that marine habitat for out-migrating salmonids has been identified as an “urgent priority” in advancing salmon recovery, kelp cultivation is a promising restoration and recovery tool for salmon and their prey.
“We want to bring back some of the iconic kelp we remember from decades ago along the Sunshine Coast,” says project lead Lee-Ann Ennis.
BCCF’s Vital Kelp Project has successfully seeded and planted several thousand metres of bull kelp and sugar kelp. Ennis has established a kelp nursery and is looking to scale up ongoing restoration capacity with “green gravel trials,” thanks in part to PSF funding.
Kus-kus-sum, another CSP-supported initiative, is a collaborative project between the K’ómoks First Nation, City of Courtenay, and the Comox Valley Project Watershed Society. The partners will restore a former industrial sawmill site in the heart of the salmon migratory corridor of the K’ómoks Estuary. Prior to its development, the site was a tidally-influenced, forested wetland and riparian area that continues to be an important site for the K’ómoks First Nation. The area provides shelter, foraging, and rearing habitat for fish and other wildlife. This project aims to restore natural tidal marsh and forest communities to the site, remove current infrastructure separating the site from the flood plain, create a climate mitigation asset for the community, and recover an important piece of land to its traditional stewards.
Applications for the Community Salmon Program’s spring intake are open now through February 15, 2022. Apply here.
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A full list of recipients for the fall 2021 Community Salmon Program funding round includes:
|Location||Applicant||Project Title||Funding Confirmed $||Project Value $|
|Vancouver||¿UUQINAK’UUH ELEMENTARY||Salmonids in the Classroom||540||1,000|
|Surrey||A Rocha Canada||Riparian habitat enhancement in the TATALU (Little Campbell River)||2,500||23,532|
|Port Alberni||Alberni Aquarium Association||Storm Drain Marking Program||200||1,050|
|Maple Ridge||Alouette River Management Society||Alouette River Urban Stormwater Workshops 2022-2023||800||4,511|
|Maple Ridge||Alouette River Management Society||Alouette River Watershed Community Workshop Series 2022-2023||3,536||49,468|
|Surrey||BC Wildlife Federation||Fish Habitat Stewardship Workshops||13,162||66,840|
|Vancouver||Be the Change Earth Alliance Society||Youth for Community Rain Gardens||2,500||14,840|
|Surrey||Bonaccord Elementary||Stream of Dreams at Bonaccord Elementary||6,023||19,591|
|Sechelt||BC Conservation Foundation||Vital Kelp Project||5,000||80,030|
|Vancouver||Carnarvon School||Salmonids in the Classroom||1,300||3,410|
|Vancouver||Carnarvon School||Stream of Dreams||3,686||11,893|
|Tofino||Cedar Coast Field Station Society||RPAS enumerations of chum salmon in Clayoquot Sound Rivers||2,400||53,900|
|Chilliwack||Central Elementary Community School||Salmonids in the Classroom||1,300||2,730|
|Brackendale||Cheakamus Foundation for Environmental Learning||Cheakamus Teaching Hatchery Modernization||5,000||10,000|
|Hazelton||Chicago Creek Community Environmental Enhancement Society||Mission Creek Salmon Counting Fence||9,900||29,150|
|Courtney||Comox Valley Project Watershed Society||Glen Urquhart Creek Salmonid Spawning and Rearing Restoration||15,000||49,155|
|Courtney||Comox Valley Project Watershed Society||Kus-kus-sum: Field Sawmill Restoration in the K’ómoks Estuary||18,850||5,603,376|
|Cowichan Bay||Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre Society||Youth Riparian Habitat Restoration Program – Cowichan & Koksilah Watersheds||2,500||11,400|
|Cowichan Lake||Cowichan Lake Salmonid Enhancement Society||Hatchery Equipment Purchase||4,500||17,322|
|Duncan||Cowichan Station Area Association||Koksilah Stream Signage||2,475||4,975|
|Cumberland||Cumberland Community Forest Society||Perseverance Creek Stewardship Engagement Project||8,000||37,800|
|Deroche||Deroche Elementary School||Student Supply Kits for Watershed and Salmon Habitat Studies||1,400||3,000|
|Campbell River||Discovery Passage Aquarium Society||Beach seining equipment to support community projects||2,460||9,095|
|Vancouver||École Anne-Hébert||Salmonids in the Classroom||1,300||2,775|
|Vancouver||General Gordon Elementary||Salmonids in the Classroom||1,300||2,875|
|Vancouver||General Wolfe Elementary||Stream of Dreams at General Wolfe Elementary||4,248||13,807|
|Courtney||Guardians of Mid Island Estuaries Society||Eco-Cultural Restoration in the K’omoks Estuary||18,460||366,300|
|Hazelton||Hazelton Secondary School||Chicago Creek||1,500||5,600|
|Quesnel||Horsefly River Roundtable||Horsefly Streamkeepers Survey Equipment||2,500||15,280|
|Maple Ridge||Kanaka Environmental & Educational Partnership Society||Bell Irving Pump Shack Replacement||27,018||76,768|
|Ladysmith||Ladysmith Sportsmen’s Club||Brood stock equipment||2,500||7,200|
|Prince Rupert||Lax Kw’alaams Band||Skeena River Salmon Enhancement Program||18,400||278,289|
|Vancouver||L’Ecole Bilingue Elementary School||Salmonids in the Classroom||500||1,985|
|Madeira Park||Loon Foundation||Anderson Creek Watershed Salmonid Monitoring||2,441||15,121|
|Vancouver||Lord Selkirk Elementary||Salmonids in the Classroom||1,300||2,785|
|Chilliwack||McCammon Elementary School||Stream of Dreams at McCammon Traditional Elementary School||3,429||10,970|
|Vancouver||Moberly Elementary||Salmonids in the Classroom||1,300||2,950|
|Surrey||Mountainview Montessori Elementary School||Salmonids in the Classroom||1,300||2,650|
|Nanaimo||Nanaimo River Stewardship Society||Nanaimo River Hatchery Upgrades||45,500||480,878|
|Burnaby||Nelson Elementary||Salmonids in the Classroom||1,300||2,800|
|North Vancouver||North Shore Streamkeepers||Lynn Creek Off-Channel Habitat Rehabilitation||6,750||122,400|
|Vancouver||Pear Tree Elementary||Salmonids in the Classroom||1,300||2,785|
|North Saanich||Peninsula Streams Society||Rain Gardens for Headwaters: Demonstration Projects||14,038||56,150|
|North Saanich||Peninsula Streams Society||Roberts Bay Beach Nourishment Pilot||26,063||125,000|
|Port Moody||Pleasantside Elementary||Salmonids in the Classroom||1,300||2,845|
|Powell River||Powell River Salmon Society||Education Incubators Expansion||1,934||19,934|
|Powell River||Powell River Salmon Society||Lang Creek Hatchery Revitalization||18,005||55,420|
|Langley||Rivershed Society of BC||Foodlands Corridor Restoration Program on the sc̓e:ɬxʷəy̓əm1/Salmon River||16,250||548,600|
|Echo Bay||Salmon Coast Field Station Society||Boat Safety for Monitoring and Education||2,500||5,428|
|Surrey||Serpentine Enhancement Society||Oxygen Monitor and Pump||1,043||2,085|
|North Vancouver||Seymour Heights Elementary School||Stream of Dreams||3,275||10,452|
|North Vancouver||Seymour Salmonid Society||Ongoing Community Outreach and Hatchery Infrastructure Project||10,000||66,125|
|Smithers||SkeenaWild Conservation Trust||SkeenaWild Youth Conservation Leadership Program||2,500||12,500|
|North Vancouver||St. Pius X School||Stream of Dreams at St.Pius||2,731||8,922|
|Gibsons||Sunshine Coast Conservation Association||Friends of Gibsons and Charman Creeks||2,500||10,665|
|Sunshine Coast||Sunshine Coast Streamkeepers Society||Salmonid Spawning Survey Equipment||2,486||4,972|
|Smithers||Toboggan Creek Steelhead and Salmon Enhancement Society||Toboggan Creek Riparian Fencing||1,800||3,960|
|Dawson City||Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation||Stream of Dreams at Robert Service School||3,920||8,506|
|Vancouver||Tyee Elementary||Salmonids in the Classroom||1,300||2,825|
|Chilliwack||Unsworth Elementary School||Stream of Dreams at Unsworth Elementary||5,355||17,189|