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Habitat Conservation Fund


The Nova Scotia Habitat Conservation Fund


In discussion with hunters & trappers across the Province there is no topic that invokes the reaction that this fund and the projects funded does. A fair number of hunters don’t know what the fund is or how it operates and those that know about the fund and it’s project funding history question why it’s using “their” money to study bats. Why, they ask, don’t we see more projects of interest to the hunting and trapping communities?


My standard response is to say that the Board that decides on funding can only consider projects that are submitted, so if you have an idea for a project research the funding process and send it in. The deadline for application is December 15, of each year. The following information may be useful in preparing your project proposal.


This fund was established under the Wildlife Act and is funded by Hunters & Trappers through the purchase of the Wildlife Habitat Stamp ($5.00) when you purchase a hunting or trapping license. The Board of Directors that manages the fund is composed of five(5) voting and one non-voting members. One employee of DNR sits as the non-voting Chair of the Board. Three (3) voting members are appointed by the Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers & Hunters. One voting member is appointed by Nature Nova Scotia and one voting member is appointed by an academic association.



The FUND's goal is to conserve wildlife habitats throughout the Province. The FUNDs objectives include: the enhancement of wildlife habitats, acquisition of land, research pertaining to wildlife habitats, and education on wildlife habitats.

(see the priority activities for each of these objectives at:  )

Review your project to ensure you emphasize which these objectives and priorities your project will address.

Note that, in general, the Fund does not support:

· Habitat inventories;

· Tree planting programs (unless a minor part of a broader habitat conservation project);

· Fisheries management projects;

· Projects which are a provincial or federal management responsibility; and, Capital costs associated with projects, such as buildings, engineering works, or vehicle acquisition.



As you develop you project form concept to application ensure you are familiar with the conditions for awarding grants located


The application form is available in several formats at:


I hope this information is useful and that we will see an increase in the number and quality of project proposals from our affiliate clubs and other hunting and trapping enthusiasts.


Wilf Woods