MACKENZIE, BC: The Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) is funding a project to create a small wetland at Morfee Elementary School in Mackenzie. It’s one of 26 FWCP-funded projects in the Peace Region in 2019—2020, for a total investment of approximately $1.5 million.
Led by the British Columbia Wildlife Federation (BCWF), the goal is to create a naturally appearing and functioning wetland to support waterfowl, bats, amphibians, song birds and invertebrates. It will also serve as an invaluable outdoor space for students to learn hands on about nature, science, and art.
“In addition to creating this small educational wetland for the school, BCWF is also educating First Nations communities through a series of wetland workshops, increasing wetland stewardship in our region.” says FWCP’s Peace Region Manager, Chelsea Coady.
Like all FWCP-funded projects, this project was approved by the FWCP Peace Region Board and aligns with the region’s Action Plans, which identify priorities and projects eligible for FWCP funding.
The FWCP is a partnership between BC Hydro, the Province of B.C., Fisheries & Oceans Canada, First Nations, and Public Stakeholders to conserve and enhance fish and wildlife in watersheds impacted by existing BC Hydro dams. BC Hydro funds the FWCP annually in order to fulfill its applicable water licence obligations, and the FWCP directs those funds toward priority actions to fulfill its mission.
Across its Columbia, Coastal, and Peace Regions, the FWCP has approved 97 projects in 2019—2020 to be delivered First Nations, consultants, government organizations and stewardship groups. Learn more about these projects and how to apply for a grant at fwcp.ca.
Written and released by Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program
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