2015 Project and Budget Summary

With contributions from the provincial government totaling $175,000 the following activities were completed.

Administration: Includes book keeping, SERNbc comprehensive liability and directors insurance, website maintenance and volunteer directors travel expenses.


Proposal development: We are spending some funds this year to develop a provincial submission to the Habitat Stewardship Fund (Federal program) for whitebark pine restoration. We will coordinate delivery of the provincial program for cone and seed collection; as well we will coordinate communications between all stakeholders and industry partners interested in restoration of whitebark pine.


Stream Crossing Assessments: We’ve supplemented funds provided by BC Hydro Fish and wildlife Compensation program to provide for all fish passage assessments of the Ingenika Watershed; which is located west of the Northern tip of Williston Lake. BC Hydro paid for assessments of “orphaned” culverts. SERNbc through funds provided by the Provincial Fish Passage technical Working Group, paid for assessments of all other culverts.


First Nations Engagement: This is the second year of efforts towards engagement. Last year we met with a lot of different people and raised the profile of SERNbc with First Nations. We were also initiated a multi-stakeholder driven project, for berry’s and grizzly bear, involving Pacific Inland Resources, Lake Babine Nation and others. Our intent this year is to continue to engage and develop more projects. The success of last year’s project relied strongly on the involvement of PIR and we will be looking for similar leadership from other champions to help support projects with First Nations.


Monitoring: Pre-treatment monitoring was completed on the project with Lake Babine Nation (Mount Horetsky). Post-treatment monitoring was completed on Euchiniko Sidehills and Grizzly Valley. We’ve confirmed and applied our newly developed monitoring protocol and are working towards training and data entry for ERPro and EREstate, the two databases supported by the Provincial ER program.


Prescriptions: This year saw a temporary departure from prescriptions oriented towards upland terrestrial ecosystems and a renewed focus on riparian and wetland ecosystems. We’re specifically interested in supporting beaver habitat, not so much for the beavers themselves as the benefits they provide to hydrology, groundwater recharge, sediment control, waterfowl habitat and other values. We’re mid-way through assessment of field data at this time, but look forward to some interesting results and prescriptions for wetland enhancement and riparian area restoration.


Whitebark Pine Restoration Implementation: This projects delivers on last years developed restoration plan to collect cones from disease-free trees and have them screened for blister rust resistance, as well as seed stratification and propagating seedlings for restoration planting in 2017. A competition removal project was also completed in Mount Robson park and will be monitored to determine the effectiveness of this treatment. Other significant funds were secured by BC Parks through the Trans Mountain Legacy Fund to further the restoration efforts.


Projects to be initiated in 2016: Landscape level workshop working towards understanding how our projects fit into the broader landscape and adjusting priorities accordingly. Lichen seeding project support in caribou areas that have been burnt by wildfire and would otherwise not re-establish lichen in the short-term.




Prescribed Burning Operations

There were 7 identified burn proposals this year and none were delivered due in-part to the lack of a burning window. Also, our delivery of this activity is through BC Wildfire Services (previously Wildfire Management Branch), and considering the very dry spring conditions, the very early conflagration at Little Bobtail Lake , capacity to deliver on prescribed burns was limited and weather conditions went from unsafe to impossible due to green-up conditions without any window for a prescribed burn opening.  These projects will be carried into the New Year.

Peace/Williston Fish and Wildlife Compensation program

SERNbc submitted a planning and coordinating proposal to this fund for fish passage. We are willing to champion this work for the Omineca Region and with this fund, will start in the Williston watershed area. We will search for funds to do the same in the remaining area for the Omineca Region. 

Provincial Government

The provincial ER program continues to be a consistent source of funds the basis of support for the SERNbc programs. We will continue to do our best to support the goals of the provincial program.

Regular Communications

A directors meeting and annual general meeting was held May 8, 2015 at the University of Northern British Columbia. Two directors meetings sorting out policies and budgets have been held since. A stronger-functioning board and building a better framework for delivery is intended with positive results so far.