October 2014 Newsletter

October 4, 2014

It’s very satisfying to look back on 2014 as a banner year for our young foundation. All in all, it’s been a great year with many “firsts”. We are growing. Growing in the number of salmon conservation proposals we are able to fund. Growing in the quality of conservation results our partners are generating through their efforts and our support. Growing too, in the range of support services we are able to provide to our conservation partners.

This year we also decided to pilot an applied research project aimed at creating tools of direct utility to conservation groups working to conserve and restore salmon and salmon habitat. It’s a big step forward in which we will become more proactive in funding initiatives. 2014 also marks our third season of hosting salmon conservation webinars in partnership with the Canadian Rivers Institute. We’ve experienced significant growth in the number and quality of presentations as well as an ever larger world-wide group of participants. And, we are also on the verge of launching a searchable salmon conservation database (more on that later).

By the time you read this you should also be considering the 2015 round of funding proposals that closes on 19 December. With new funding totalling $1 million and maximum grants raised to $100,000, we anticipate lots of new and larger scale projects coming on line next year.

Finally, (for now), you still have a chance to stock up on great products available at all PEI Liquor Control Commission stores. The “Island Rivers – Worth Protecting” sales event runs to November 18th. 100 percent of the funds raised by go to 2015 conservation projects in PEI. Enjoy!

Yours in conservation,

Stephen Chase,

Executive Director