Chilliwack (Media Release)– Mark Strahl, MP for Chilliwack-Hope is encouraging local groups to make application for funding under the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnership Program (RFCPP).
Over the next three years the RFCPP will provide $28 million across the country to support habitat restoration projects led by recreational fishing and angling groups; conservation organizations; and Indigenous groups.
“The program has been wildly successful in encouraging the completion of habitat restoration projects across the country including significant investments in our own local waterways,” said Strahl.
Examples of past local projects include:
· partnering with Ducks Unlimited to provide up to $144,000 to rebuild the Cheam Lake Water Control to restore access to Cheam Lake and upstream habitat for spawning coho and cutthroat trout;
· partnering with the Pacific Salmon Foundation to provide up to $103,000 to enhance and restore salmon spawning channels from the lower reaches of the Vedder River;
· partnering with the Pacific Salmon Foundation on a second project to provide up to $71,500 to remove two old fish-stream crossing culverts that impeded fish passage on the Elbow Creek and to remediate riparian habitat and existing sedimentation issues;
· partnering with the Pacific Salmon Foundation to provide $61,40 for the restoration of fish passage at the Bench Forest Service Road; and
· partnering with the Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition to provide up to $313,000 towards restoring salmon habitat in the Vedder River Floodplain (Browne Creek, Stewart Creek and Trestle Channel) and the Stave River Watershed.
As part of the National Conservation Plan, the RFCPP was created in 2013 by the Conservative Government to restore Canada’s recreational fisheries habitat and support the sustainability and ongoing productivity of recreational fisheries.
Applications for funding for this latest round of the program are being accepted by Fisheries and Oceans from March 11 to April 22, 2016. For additional program information, as well as the application form and guidelines, please visit: