Across the Lower Mainland: 2016 Wetlands Institute

Did you know that up to 70% of wetlands have been lost in settled areas of Canada? In the Lower Mainland the number is even higher. Between 1827 and 1990, over 85% of wetlands were lost, mainly due to agriculture and development. With Metro Vancouver’s population expected to rise to 3.4million people by 2041 (that’s …

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Bogs, Fens, and Marshes, oh my! Quesnel Wetlandkeepers Had it All.

The Quesnel Wetlandkeepers is the third such workshop we have held this year (Kelowna and Windermere being the other two so far), and it proved to be a huge success. Participants consisted of foresters, naturalists, environmental non-profits, government representatives, teachers, and those who were just very keen to learn. This resulted in one of the …

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Springing into Action: Major Salt Spring Island Wetland Restoration Project

Braving the morning chill and dew-laden grasses, a team of 5 trudged augers, levels, probes, and flags across what was once Canada’s first organic golf course. Bouquets of electrical wires sprouting from the soil and the occasional lonely golf ball, forgotten through the years, betray the locale’s past life. Originally some of Salt Spring Island’s …

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Mapping Initiatives in Peachland and Passmore

Over the first weekend in October, the BCWF held back to back Map our Marshes (MoM) workshops, engaging two enthusiastic groups of local community members.  When we leave a community it is our hope that they will take the knowledge learnt that day and begin to map wetlands in their community. Fortunately, our workshops in …

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