Wetland on Wheels 2013-14: on the road for capacity building

Final Report: Wetland on Wheels 2013-14: on the road for capacity building, 2013-2014

Goals and Objectives

Multiple regions of BC will benefit from the delivery of our 2013 events, which will build on the momentum of strengthened
partnerships from past events and/or take advantage of regional opportunities/priorities.   All age groups will benefit from
our events, from school children to adults. Outreach events will focus on engaging youth in direct experiences with
wetlands and/or associated wildlife (e.g. during World Wetland Days, School Outdoor Learning Days, etc.).  Workshops
will focus on empowering individuals who have the ability to conserve/enhance wetlands (e.g., landowners, planners and
conservation groups).  Workshops include the Wetlands Institute (in the West Kootenays), Wetlandkeepers (in Salmon
Arm and Christina Lake), Map our Marshes (in Winlaw and Kelowna), and Working Group Sessions (in New Denver,
Kelowna, the Lower Mainland).

The Wetlands Institute provides training on wetland restoration, construction and conservation.  Wetlandkeeper workshops
educate participants on vegetation inventories, wildlife monitoring, and assessing wetland health.  Map our Marshes
workshops focuses on delineating wetland boundaries with GPS units and incorporating data onto the BC Community
Mapping Network.   Working Group Sessions bring active stewardship groups and local/regional government together to
focus on regional prioritization of wetland conservation activities.  Another related deliverable for this year will be the
development of a 2 page fact sheet to facilitate early detection of invasive plant species in our wetlands.

 

Activities

  • The Wetlands Institute includes direct habitat enhancement projects (i.e., wetland enhancement in Salmo at
    Knights of Pythias Park and wetland construction in Castlegar at Kinnaird Elementary School). In addition, a
    relatively high percentage of Wetlands Institute participants successfully complete conservation/restoration
    projects in their communities after attending the workshop.
  • The Wetlands Institute, Map our Marshes, and Wetlandkeepers workshops provide hands-on training to 10 –
    25 community members to conduct wetland evaluation, monitoring and conservation projects. Wherever
    possible, we provide support to past-participants to ensure their wetland projects are a success.
  • The Wetlands Institute, Map our Marshes, and Wetlandkeepers workshops involve the collection of wetland
    vegetation/wildlife/health data which can be used as a tool for local governments and other groups wishing to
    steward a wetland
  • The Working Group Workshops provide planners, conservation groups, and/or fish and game groups with
    enhanced capacity to protect wetlands through information sharing and awareness about available legislative
    tools and best management practices.

 


Specific Habitat Products/Results Supported by WHC’s Contributions

Through the delivery of Map our Marshes, Wetlandkeepers and Wetlands Institute workshops, BCWF will provide restoration
/stewardship recommendations for a minimum of 5 site specific locations.  A minimum of two wetlands will be restored/
constructed during the delivery of the 2013 Wetlands Institute.  Through the delivery of Working Group Sessions, BC Wildlife
Federation will help to advance knowledge and identify restoration priorities for Slocan Valley, Okanagan Watershed, and the
Lower Mainland of B.C.  BCWF will support a minimum of 15 participants on their wetlands projects.  The workshops will
strengthen the capacity of stewards across BC (including Fish and Game Club stewardship projects).

 

Project Locations

Surrey

Vancouver

Kelowna

Salmon Arm

Squamish

Christina Lake

New Denver

Winlaw

West Kootenays (i.e., Castlegar and Salmo)

Castlegar

Clearwater

New Westminster

 

Project Contact

For more information on this project, please contact Neil W. Fletcher, Wetlands Education Program Coordinator,
The British Columbia Wildlife Federation.