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Vote to support Wild SalmonBy Pacific Salmon Foundation,
Did you know that wild salmon in British Columbia support about 130 different species including people? From bears to eagles, to orcas to trees, one of the most important things salmon do is die. Because when they die they flood the surrounding ecosystem with nutrients. In fact, scientists have found salmon DNA in trees near salmon streams. In British Columbia, salmon conservation is increasingly being lead by volunteers. Just by voting online today, you can help raise $10,000 to support these volunteers.
Volunteers protect wild salmon
The Pacific Salmon Foundation supports about 35,000 volunteers across British Columbia that operate small hatcheries, monitor and restore habitat for returning fish, and deliver education programs both inside and outside the classroom. This year, Phillips Brewing is providing a unique opportunity to help protect wild BC salmon. By voting online everyday at http://benefitbrew.com/bc/ you can help raise $10,000 or more for volunteer-led salmon conservation projects. Voters are limited to one vote per day per computer. So if you have access to multiple computers like smartphones or tablets, you can vote once per day from each computer!
Beer that supports salmon
The winner of the contest will receive a customized beer and all proceeds from sales of the beer. The contest has helped raise $10,000 or more for past causes. For volunteers who benefit from Pacific Salmon Foundation grants, $10,000 could mean $70,000 for salmon projects. That's because every dollar granted by the Pacific Salmon Foundation, on average triggers an additional seven more. Here's why.
Every project that receives grants from the Foundation must first be approved via rigourous technical and scientific review processes. These processes ensure that the projects will in fact benefit salmon and achieve sustainable results. They also lend a stamp of credibility to projects, making it easier for volunteer groups to access matching funds. This is key, because groups who apply are required to find matching funds from the community. Matching funds come in the form of donated cash, or in-kind, such as the time and use of an excavator for a project to build habitat. The model encourages ownership from the community over their own waterways. For example, a local business that recently supported a salmon project might become more concerned about the use of chemicals or practices that could negatively impact their local watershed.
Voting closes on November 16th and the winner will be announced November 18th. So vote today and vote everyday for wild salmon in BC!