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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Wetlands as a Tool for Flood Control and Prevention 

If you live in British Columbia or have loved ones living in B.C., you will have heard about the devastating floods occurring across southern parts of the province. The Province of B.C. declared a state of emergency on November 17, 2021, following massive flooding and landslides caused by record-breaking rainfall throughout mid-November.  Aerial footage of flooding in Abbotsford B.C at Highway 1 and Whatcom Road. (City of Abbotsford)The Riverside Cabins …

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Mapping our Marshes with Doig River First Nation

BCWF’s Wetlands Education Program (WEP) spent August 3-4th in the community of Doig River (Hanás̱ Saahgéʔ) for the final Map our Marshes workshop of the 2021 season. Traditionally, Map our Marshes workshops are a 1-day hands on course, but this extended workshop allowed for more time to discuss wetland assessment, and much more time to spend in the field!    Situated 70 km northeast of Fort St. John, B.C., the Doig River First …

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The Wetlands Education Program Summer 2021 Intern

This week the Wetlands Education Program (WEP) summer 2021 intern, Courtenay Miller will have finished her last day with the B.C. Wildlife Federation (BCWF). Courtenay completed her undergraduate degree in May with a double major in Geography and Environmental Studies from the University of Victoria. Courtenay has previous experience from volunteer work, co-ops, and field …

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