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Posted: May 11, 2015

Trust helping 39 environmental programs

Thirty-nine projects have recently been granted a combined total of over $1.3 million from Columbia Basin Trust’s Environment Grants. Funds are also currently available for groups seeking grants of up to $10,000 for their environmental projects.

Groups are encouraged to apply as soon as possible at cbt.org/applyenvironment. As funding is limited, applications will be considered as they arrive. Projects needing more than $10,000 can apply for funding in the fall.

A grizzly bear hair sample collected from barbed wire wrapped around a rub tree.
 Columbia Basin Trust photos
A grizzly bear hair sample collected from barbed wire wrapped around a rub tree.
 Columbia Basin Trust photos

“We appreciate all the work people throughout the Basin are doing to help preserve the natural assets of our region and address pressing environmental issues,” said Tim Hicks, Columbia Basin Trust Manager, Water and Environment. “Projects of all sizes can yield significant benefits, and we encourage groups with requests of up to $10,000 to come forward as soon as possible with their project ideas.”

Successful projects from the last intake include ones that strengthen ecosystems, help communities mitigate and adapt to climate change, and support environmental education—all of which address goals in the Trust’s Environment Strategic Plan.

The Blue Lake Forest Education Society is one of the groups that has received project funding. Its project involves delivering an aquatic environmental sciences program that will help participants develop skills in scientific methodologies and procedures.

“The water project is going to benefit Basin residents in two primary ways,” said Todd Hebert, Executive Director, Blue Lake Forest Education Society. “First, it will connect the participants to the watershed in their areas, educating them on where water comes from and how it is used. The second benefit is the potential for the development of science literacy, mainly in the field of water quality. They will also have a better understanding of how water quality relates to the flora and fauna around the water.”

See the complete list of projects approved for funding at cbt.org/applyenvironment.

To learn more about the Trust’s other environmental priorities, visit cbt.org/environment.

Columbia Basin 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.

Lead image: Through Blue Lake’s Water Studies Programs, students and summer campers have the opportunity to participate in experiential lessons on water testing, flora and fauna identification, water flow rates, lake mapping and watershed contentedness.

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