Restoration and enhancement of Atlantic salmon and Brook trout habitat in North-Eastern PEI
The Prince Edward Island Wildlife Conservation Fund provides financial support to groups working on projects that benefit wildlife and wildlife conservation in PEI. The sources for funds are: (1) annual conservation fees incorporated into PEI licences for hunting, angling and trapping and (2) Conservation Plates purchased for motor vehicles in PEI . Awards are merit-based and determined by an independent committee of eleven volunteers who represent specific wildlife interest groups on the Island. This Committee is not an arm of government, but rather operates independently and arms-length from government. The Province’s role is to collect the fees from Islanders that support the fund, transfer those fees 100% annually to the fund, and hold one of the eleven seats on the WCF Committee. The goals of the PEI Wildlife Conservation Fund Committee, according to their terms of reference are: To ensure that monies are distributed to achieve long-term benefits to wildlife populations and associated habitats To encourage and/or promote sustainable use of wildlife resources on Prince Edward Island To ensure that the PEI Wildlife Conservation Fund is accountable to those who contribute to it
Project Description: Souris and Area Branch of the PEI Wildlife Federation began stream clearing and restoration work in 1974 which has continued on a regular basis since that time. This work primarily involves clearing blockages and blowdowns to improve overall stream health and increase fish passage to spawning areas. This project focussed on stream restoration and enhancement in 9 systems within our management area, including 7 that are known to have Atlantic salmon – North Lake Creek, Priest Pond Creek, Cross River, Hay River, Bear River, Naufrage Creek, Cow River, Souris River and Fortune River.