Williams Lake Field Naturalists volunteers Fred McMechan (left)

Williams Lake Field Naturalists volunteers Fred McMechan (left)

Foundation helps save salmon habitat

The Pacific Salmon Foundation has announced $3,500 for two Pacific salmon projects in Williams Lake.

The Pacific Salmon Foundation has announced $3,500 for two Pacific salmon projects in Williams Lake.

The total value of the projects including volunteer time and community fundraising is over $65,000.

The Foundation’s Community Salmon Program supports habitat stewardship, Pacific salmon enhancement and watershed education, and is funded primarily from sales of the federal government’s Salmon Conservation Stamp.

One of the projects is by the Williams Lake Field Naturalists for its stewardship work in the Williams Lake River Valley.

“We are pleased to support the Williams Lake Field Naturalists, as their tree planting and monitoring program for students will improve local habitat and increase understanding of salmon,” said Dr. Brian Riddell, president and CEO of the Pacific Salmon Foundation.

The other project receiving funding is by the Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society for its Up Your Watershed musical production held in the lakecity this spring.

The Foundation’s Community Salmon Program supports community groups, volunteers and First Nations across the province.

All give countless hours each year to monitor watersheds, develop and implement habitat rehabilitation projects, and educate communities about the conservation and protection of salmon.

The program requires grantees to find matching funds for projects. On average, grantees raise an additional $6 for every dollar they receive through additional fundraising for donations of in-kind and money raised at the at the community level.