Local groups acquire CBT Environmental Initiatives funding

Thirty-seven projects will receive a combined total of $610,000 from the Columbia Basin Trust’s Environmental Initiatives Program. These projects will help educate the public about the environment, or maintain or enhance the environment.

“The breadth of these projects demonstrates the many ways communities can address environmental issues,” says the CBT’s director for Sector Initiatives, Sabrina Curtis. “We applaud each of these groups for doing their part to improve our environmental well-being, for drawing in people of all ages and creating solutions that work for them.”

Two of the 37 projects are sponsored by the Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society (CSISS) and the Revelstoke-based Columbia Mountains Institute for Applied Ecology (CMIAE).

CSISS, which operates in Revelstoke, Salmon Arm, Golden and other Columbia Shuswap Regional District communities, received $25,000 to educate the public on procedures and practices to address the priority invasive species issues in the Columbia Shuswap. It will also use the funding to manage invasive species through education, prevention, inventory and treatment.

The CMIAE was given $7,000 to convene a conference to discuss the many issues affiliated with resource roads and their impacts on the environment. The conference will accept papers and presentations regarding different management options and regimes designed to deal with the perceived concerns.

Please click here to see the complete list of projects approved for funding by the CBT.

Over the past 12 years, the Environmental Initiatives Program has provided over $5 million to help groups across the Basin conserve and restore the environment, promote stewardship and educate the public. For more information, visit cbt.org/eip. To learn more about the Trust’s other environmental priorities, visit cbt.org/environment.

The Trust supports efforts to deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the residents of the Columbia Basin. To learn more about the Trust’s programs and initiatives, visit cbt.org or call 1-800-505-8998.