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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Farewells and Goodbyes – 2021 Board of Directors Update

Spring 2021 at HCTF has brought an election of our at-large Directors, and some changes to our Board. We want to thank our outgoing Directors who have graciously and generously given their time and expertise to lead our organization over many years. The following is a small excerpt about our outgoing Directors: Our longest-serving Board... Read more »

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Spring 2021 at HCTF has brought an election of our at-large Directors, and some changes to our Board. We want to thank our outgoing Directors who have graciously and generously given their time and expertise to lead our organization over many years. The following is a small excerpt about our outgoing Directors: Our longest-serving Board... Read more »

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Spring 2021 at HCTF has brought an election of our at-large Directors, and some changes to our Board. We want to thank our outgoing Directors who have graciously and generously given their time and expertise to lead our organization over many years. The following is a small excerpt about our outgoing Directors:

Our longest-serving Board member Winifred Kessler joined in 1997 when the organization was known as the Habitat Conservation Trust Fund. Over her 24 years of dedicated service, Wini regularly took up a leadership role on the Board (Chair or Vice-Chair). She was a champion of the organization and a strong promoter of the education program. An internationally recognized wildlife biologist, Wini always brought a strong sense of energy and enthusiasm for conservation to her work.

As a Director for 9 years, Ian McGregor led the organization’s strategic planning and chaired our communications committee. Having joined HCTF after first serving on the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC’s Board, Ian understood the importance of cooperation and partnership between like minded conservation organizations in BC. Along with his significant technical fisheries expertise, Ian reveled in celebrating and raising awareness of HCTF – and recognising that the hundreds of habitat conservation projects that HCTF funds are implemented only with many partners working together.

We also welcome our new Director Kathy Parker. Kathy is a wildlife ecologist and physiologist with extensive experience throughout BC and Alaska. At the University of Northern British Columbia, she was a researcher and teacher for 25 years and was a founding member of what is now the Ecosystem Science and Management program. Kathy has also been named a Fellow of The Wildlife Society (an award given to individuals who have distinguished themselves through exceptional service to the profession).

Following our Director elections, we selected our Board leadership (Chair, Vice-Chairs). Greg Anderson will lead our Board as Chair, along with Harvey Andrusak and Ken Ashley as our Vice-Chairs. All three are multi-term Directors at HCTF, and as with all our Directors bring a significant amount expertise of BC’s fish, wildlife and habitat conservation.

For a complete biography of Kathy, Greg, Harvey, Ken and our other Directors, you can find their bios here.

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