Wetland on Wheels 2015-2016: Enhancing Stewardship in BC
Goals and Objectives
BCWF’s Wetlands Education Program offers a range of workshops and outreach events that aim to enhance wetland stewardship across BC. Initiatives range from youth outreach/awareness events to enhancing the skillsets of practitioners through focused workshops and strategic meetings; and focuses on local and provincial initiatives.
The goals of this project are to:
- Enhance province wide coordination of stewardship/ conservation initiatives
- Conserve and restore wetlands on East Vancouver Island (i.e., Campbell River), in the Cariboo Region (Quesnel), in the Skeena Region (Smithers), in the West Kootenay region of BC (Meadow Creek), in the East Kootenay region of BC (Windemere, Fernie, Creston), in the Lower Mainland
(Squamish, Vancouver, Port Coquitlam), and in the Okanagan Region (Kelowna & Vernon)
- Enhance future wetland conservation by educating youth and children on the importance of wetlands
Specific Habitat Products/Results Supported by WHC’s Contributions
- Advance knowledge and identify priorities in working group regions (i.e. Okanagan and Lower Mainland)
- Support a minimum of 10 participants on their wetland projects
- Strengthen capacity of stewards across BC (including F&G stewardship projects)
- Preparation and distribution of regionally specific publication for Meadow Creek that targets landowners and residents to take action for wetlands. The publications will highlight 2015 restoration projects and examples of other local champions who’ve engaged in stewardship practices.
- Summary report will: document 2015 workshops and restoration activities; and identify projects/participants with capacity to advance wetland conservation and that may require additional support beyond 2015.
- Produce a minimum of 3 provincially appropriate wetland information sheets.
- Produced a minimum of 2 realistic models of wetland species for educational outreach.
Relevance to Habitat Planning, Decision Making and/or Management
The BCWF uses a number of hands-on workshops (described above in 2.0 c) to teach landowners, citizens, conservationists, first nations, government workers, biologists, etc. how to conserve wetlands through various techniques such as mapping, vegetation monitoring, classification, invasive species control, restoration, legal frameworks etc. Workshops and outreach events also increase awareness of the values and importance of wetlands, directly increasing those who actively support their conservation. The BCWF’s position of an organization representing hunters and anglers across the province also places us in the unique position to collaborate with a large number of waterfowl hunters and conservationists.
For more information on this project, please contact Neil W. Fletcher, Wetlands Education Program Coordinator, St. Surrey, BC.