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Millions for fish and wildlife program
The Columbia Basin Trust and the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program made an important partnership announcement recently. Three million dollars has been committed from the Trust to FWCP-Columbia to create the East Kootenay-Koocanusa Fish and Wildlife Program.
The new Program will use the technical expertise and delivery framework of the FWCP, and solicit advice and partnerships from others in the Koocanusa basin. It will enhance fish, wildlife and their habitats in and around Koocanusa Reservoir and its tributaries in the Kootenay River system.
The new East Kootenay-Koocanusa Fish and Wildlife Program covers an area of more than 20,000 square kilometres, including the Kootenay River drainage and associated tributaries, such as the Elk, Bull, St. Mary’s, Lussier, White and Wigwam rivers, and the Koocanusa Reservoir. A Strategic Plan will be developed this year to identify priorities areas and activities for this new funding.
“Our Board welcomes this opportunity to work with Columbia Basin Trust and strengthen our partnership,” said FWCP-Columbia public representative Dave White. “We are looking forward to the planning process and hearing from local community members and First Nations to develop a Strategic Plan that will benefit fish and wildlife in this area.” Dave White
This Strategic Plan will be developed by a working group, including local input from community and First Nations, to ensure that the funds are most effectively spent. Our goal is to spend these funds over the next three to five years.