Ecosystem services

Ecosystem services are the numerous and diverse benefits that people openly benefit from the natural surroundings and also from properly-functioning ecosystems. Such ecosystems contain, by way of instance, agroecosystems, forest ecosystems, grassland ecosystems and aquatic ecosystems. These ecosystems working properly supplies such matters such as agricultural produce, lumber, and aquatic organisms including fishes and fishes. Together, these advantages have become called'ecosystem services', and are frequently essential to the provisioning of fresh drinking water, the decomposition of wastes, as well as also the natural pollination of plants and other crops. Supporting services comprise services like nutrient cycling, primary production, soil formation, habitat supply and pollination.

Habitat Conservation

Habitat conservation for wild species is among the most crucial problems facing the environment today - both in the sea and on land. As human populations increase, land usage grows, and wild species have smaller distances to call house. Over fifty percent of all Earth's terrestrial surface was changed because of human activity, leading to extreme deforestation, erosion and loss of topsoil, biodiversity loss, and even extinction. Species can't survive out their normal habitat with no human intervention, like the habitats within a zoo or aquarium, such as. Maintaining habitats is vital to maintaining biodiversity. Migratory species are especially vulnerable to habitat destruction since they have a tendency to occupy more than a natural habitat. Changing a natural habitat slightly may bring about a domino effect that hurts the whole ecosystem.

Supporting services

While scientists and environmentalists have discussed ecosystem solutions implicitly for a long time, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) from the early 2000s popularized this idea. Additionally, ecosystem services are grouped into four broad classes:
Supporting services
Provisioning

like the creation of water and food

Supporting services
Regulating

like the control of disease and climate

Supporting services
Encouraging

including nutrient cycles and oxygen generation

Supporting services
Ethnic

such as recreational and spiritual advantages

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The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) is proud to announce $9.2 million in funding for more than 180 individual wildlife, freshwater fish, and habitat conservation projects across British Columbia this year. HCTF’s CEO Dan Buffett is pleased to report that the 2020/21 grant season has set a record for the Foundation’s highest annual investment and... Read more »

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The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) is proud to announce $9.2 million in funding for more than 180 individual wildlife, freshwater fish, and habitat conservation projects across British Columbia this year. HCTF’s CEO Dan Buffett is pleased to report that the 2020/21 grant season has set a record for the Foundation’s highest annual investment and... Read more »

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Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation is now accepting applications for Enhancement/Restoration & Stewardship (ERS) grants, and Caribou Habitat Restoration Fund (CHRF) grants. Applications must be submitted through HCTF’s online application system by 4:30pm on November 6th, 2020 (PST). HCTF has launched a new application system this year, Survey Apply. The overall application form is similar to... Read more »

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The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) is proud to announce $9.2 million in funding for more than 180 individual wildlife, freshwater fish, and habitat conservation projects across British Columbia this year. HCTF’s CEO Dan Buffett is pleased to report that the 2020/21 grant season has set a record for the Foundation’s highest annual investment and... Read more »

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The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) is proud to announce $9.2 million in funding for more than 180 individual wildlife, freshwater fish, and habitat conservation projects across British Columbia this year. HCTF’s CEO Dan Buffett is pleased to report that the 2020/21 grant season has set a record for the Foundation’s highest annual investment and... Read more »

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Passionate about conservation? We are – come join us! We are a non-profit foundation investing in habitat conservation projects across BC with an opening for a full-time Administrative Coordinator. We are seeking an individual who is energetic, self-directed and has a positive approach to their career, their work, and their colleagues. The Administrative Coordinator is... Read more »

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The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) is proud to announce $9.2 million in funding for more than 180 individual wildlife, freshwater fish, and habitat conservation projects across British Columbia this year. HCTF’s CEO Dan Buffett is pleased to report that the 2020/21 grant season has set a record for the Foundation’s highest annual investment and... Read more »

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HCTF’s Caribou Habitat Restoration Fund (CHRF) provides funding for restoration of critical habitat for BC’s caribou herds. This includes multiple projects designed to benefit the Klinse-za herd led by the Nîkanêse Wah tzee Stewardship Society, a joint initiative of the West Moberly and Saulteau First Nations. The Society is working in partnership with a team... Read more »

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VICTORIA – With funding from the B.C. government, the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation has approved seven more projects that will help restore caribou habitat in British Columbia, through the organization’s Caribou Habitat Restoration Fund. This round of grants totals almost $1.1 million (see details in list below). The Province has committed $8.5 million over three... Read more »

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The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) is proud to announce $9.2 million in funding for more than 180 individual wildlife, freshwater fish, and habitat conservation projects across British Columbia this year. HCTF’s CEO Dan Buffett is pleased to report that the 2020/21 grant season has set a record for the Foundation’s highest annual investment and... Read more »

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The Habitat Conservation Trust is pleased to welcome Lisa Wielinga as our new Grants Officer. She will be working as part of the Biology and Evaluation Team to help coordinate several HCTF grant programs, including, Stewardship, Enhancement and Restoration, and the Public Conservation Assistance Fund (PCAF).   Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from... Read more »

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The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) is proud to announce $9.2 million in funding for more than 180 individual wildlife, freshwater fish, and habitat conservation projects across British Columbia this year. HCTF’s CEO Dan Buffett is pleased to report that the 2020/21 grant season has set a record for the Foundation’s highest annual investment and... Read more »

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The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) is proud to announce $9.2 million in funding for more than 180 individual wildlife, freshwater fish, and habitat conservation projects across British Columbia this year. HCTF’s CEO Dan Buffett is pleased to report that the 2020/21 grant season has set a record for the Foundation’s highest annual investment and... Read more »

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The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) is proud to announce $9.2 million in funding for more than 180 individual wildlife, freshwater fish, and habitat conservation projects across British Columbia this year. HCTF’s CEO Dan Buffett is pleased to report that the 2020/21 grant season has set a record for the Foundation’s highest annual investment and... Read more »

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At HCTF we believe in the importance of educating youth about BC’s amazing biodiversity, inspiring the next generation of conservationists. Learning may look a little different at the moment but there’s still lots of opportunities for kids and their families to get to know charismatic creaturess like the caribou, one of many species that HCTF... Read more »

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The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) is proud to announce $9.2 million in funding for more than 180 individual wildlife, freshwater fish, and habitat conservation projects across British Columbia this year. HCTF’s CEO Dan Buffett is pleased to report that the 2020/21 grant season has set a record for the Foundation’s highest annual investment and... Read more »

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Biodiversity can be found all around us, in the local forest, along our favorite hiking trail and even in your own backyard. At HCTF we believe that by making BC’s unique and abundant biodiversity accessible and giving other the tools to explore it we can inspire a passion for the natural world within the next... Read more »

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HCTF is looking for an energetic, self-directed and positive individual to administer and coordinate some of our most important granting programs. The Grants Officer is part of our Biology and Evaluation Team.  This position reports to the Manager of Biology & Evaluation and is a permanent full-time role based in our Victoria office. The Grants... Read more »

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It’s a challenging time for all of us in BC. The recent measures to stop the spread of coronavirus have impacted us all in different ways and keeping each other safe and healthy is top priority. With that in mind, HCTF staff are providing increased flexibility to reduce stress and support our grant recipients in... Read more »

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In support of efforts to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the HCTF office will be closed to the public from March 17th to March 27th. During this time our employees will be working from home wherever possible but will still be available to responding to your email inquiries and phone calls as normal.... Read more »

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A preliminary list of HCTF approved projects for 2020-21 is now available. Download the 2020-21 Preliminary Approved Projects List Projects included on this preliminary list have been approved in principle but may have reduced budgets or funding conditions. Over the next few weeks, all applicants will receive official notification emails including HCTF Board and technical... Read more »

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Please join us in welcoming to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) our new Chief Executive Officer Dan Buffett, due to take up the post in February 2020. From his humble days as a summer student to his role as manager of BC’s conservation program with Ducks Unlimited Canada, Dan brings to HCTF over 25... Read more »

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Please note that the HCTF office will be closed to the public between December 23rd and January 1st. During this time we may be unable to return to phone calls and email inquires immediately. Please leave us a message and we will respond as soon as possible when we open our doors again on Thursday,... Read more »

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With the official start of winter kicking off on December 21st, British Columbians are busy preparing for shorter days, colder weather and tons of fresh snow. But while you are bundled up in your home BC’s wildlife species have their own strategies for surviving the season’s coldest temperatures. Dress in Layers – It’s time to... Read more »

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This past week the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) released the results of its November species assessment. In this most recent COSEWIC review, 21 unique Canadian flora and fauna were added to the national list of species at risk of extinction in categories ranging from “Special Concern” to “Endangered”. Given... Read more »

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HCTF staff enjoyed some time out in the field this fall with visits to project sites around the province. Each year, HCTF undertakes project evaluations on a sample of projects to conduct a financial review, and to ensure conservation objectives are being met. The first evaluation took place in September with the Nature Kids program,... Read more »

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The winners of the 3rd annual HCTF–McCubbing Awards were announced today at the BC Institute of Technology’s Awards Celebration in Burnaby, BC. Four students from the Fish, Wildlife and Recreation program as well as the Bachelor of Science, Ecological Restoration program will receive a $5,000 awards scholarship to assist with their studies at the BC... Read more »

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Craig Doucette joins the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation team in the role of communications officer and will be keeping you up to date on current events at HCTF and within the wider BC fish, wildlife and habitat conservation community. Craig has a background in science communication, project engagement and ecosystem conservation.  He completed his Bachelor... Read more »

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The results are in for the winners of the 2019 HCTF Photo Contest! This year’s HCTF photo contest was split into 3 separate photography categories; BC Wildlife or Freshwater Fish, BC Landscape, and People in Nature. We received hundreds of entries showcasing the province’s most spectacular fish and wildlife species, picturesque locations and British Columbians... Read more »

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The first time Cori Lausen held a big brown bat in her hands, it was love at first sight. “She was so tiny, she fit in my hand. And the band showed that she was older than I was.” The more Cori learned about bats, the more she realized how unique they are – and... Read more »

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The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) is now accepting applications for Enhancement & Restoration, Stewardship, and Caribou Habitat Restoration Fund grants.  Applications must be submitted through HCTF’s online application system by 4:30pm on Friday, November 1st, 2019. Before beginning your application, please review the updated proposal writing guidelines and resources available on each grant webpage.  To... Read more »

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  By J. Scott Yaeger, MSc, RPBio with contributions from Rich Weir, MSc, RPBio This article originally appeared in the September/October edition of BC Forest Professional Magazine (republished with permission).  Pungent vanilla. Two words that I wrote in my field notebook twenty-four years ago to describe the subtle aroma on my hands after handling my... Read more »

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HCTF encourages environmental stewardship proposals that focus on creating stewards.  To assist Stewardship applicants in developing their funding proposals, HCTF has made a number of changes to our website and supporting guidelines. The new Stewardship webpage includes specific information and guidance for proponents interested in developing a stewardship application. Although the application form for Stewardship... Read more »

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This summer, HCTF staff members were invited to join a team of researchers from the Marmot Recovery Foundation at the Haley Lake Ecological Reserve in the Nanaimo Lakes District to observe Vancouver Island marmots (Marmota vancouverensis).  The staff members were treated with good weather, great scenery, and many marmot sightings.  Marmots Alan and Towhee put... Read more »

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BC Land Trusts own and protect 103,000[1] hectares of conservation lands in BC. Although securement of conservation lands is a critical first step, the work doesn’t end there because it is equally important to maintain and enhance the ecological values for which the property was protected. For many land trusts, finding funding to cover management... Read more »

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With the current Chief Executive Officer retiring, the Board of Directors of the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) is searching for an individual with a strong conservation background, who has demonstrated leadership skills, and who is innovative and passionate about conservation of fish and wildlife and their habitats and related environmental education. Full details are... Read more »

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As Halloween approaches, bat enthusiasts around BC are celebrating and supporting bats by participating in International Bat Week (October 24-31). Bat Week is all about appreciating these amazing animals and their benefits, from eating insects to pollinating the agave plant used to make tequila. Take a moment to learn about the many ways bats contribute... Read more »

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The Southern Interior Land Trust (SILT) recently added a fifth property to its conservation holdings—a gem of intact streamside water birch habitat on the banks of Keremeos Creek near Olalla. On Saturday, September 28th, SILT dedicated it the “R.E. Taylor Conservation Property” to honour Ron Taylor of Winfield, BC, in recognition of Ron’s life-long commitment... Read more »

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The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) is supporting a number of studies to inform management decisions responding to the declining moose population in north-central British Columbia. One is looking at the many ways wolves use their home territory, and how this can impact moose. HCTF has contributed close to $250,000 for the first three years... Read more »

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