BCWF Celebrates 20 Years of the Wetlands Institute 

This year marked the 20th annual Wetlands Institute – a world-class, immersive watershed restoration training for British Columbians. Since 2002, this program has engaged British Columbian ecological professionals in restoration techniques, impacting a variety of wetlands across the province in multi-phase and continual projects.   From September 19 to 25th, participants from across the province …

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Reconciliation through partnership; WEP Partners with Indigenous Communities for Wetland Conservation 

One of the key tenets of the BCWF’s Wetlands Education Program (WEP) is a commitment to the process of reconciliation and creating an open dialogue to listen, learn, and grow. We strive to foster enduring, mutualistic partnerships to ensure the preservation, conservation, and restoration of wetlands through knowledge exchange and cooperation.  This summer, the WEP …

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Fire & Water in the East Kootenays

Moyie River Fire (2021) courtesy of the Cranbrook Daily Townsman This July, the Wetlands Education Program (WEP) team ventured to the picturesque East Kootenays to host a Wetlandkeepers workshop. Located in the southeast corner of British Columbia, the East Kootenay’s are a mountainous region home to numerous small towns such as Golden, Invermere, Cranbrook, and …

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Wetlands in Urban Environments: Armstrong-Spallumcheen Wetlandkeepers

In mid-June, the Wetlands Education Program (WEP) team travelled to the North Okanagan to visit Armstrong and Spallumcheen. Like many of the locations WEP visits, Armstrong and Spallumcheen are situated at the bottom of one of B.C.’s numerous river valleys. Valleys are the result of longstanding erosion of land by glaciers, rivers, or streams. It’s …

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Watershed renewal project at B.C. First Nation bearing fruit as wildlife returning

As first appeared in the Globe & Mail July 11, 2022. Contributed by Norm Allard and Neil Fletcher.   Norm Allard is the Yaqan Nukiy Lower Kootenay Band community planner and a member of the Secwepemc First Nation. Neil Fletcher is the Director of Conservation Stewardship for the B.C. Wildlife Federation.  When water began to …

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