Stars Align for 2017 Wetlands Institute

For most of the summer it appeared as though the 2017 Wetlands Institute may have had to make a drastic change in scheduling and, for the first time in history, proceed without any accompanying wetland restoration projects. With BC experiencing the worst wildfire season ever recorded, the three restoration projects that would have made the … Continue reading

A Case of the Invasives: Wetlandkeepers at Cheam Lake

Our second Wetlandkeepers course of 2017 – the first of the year attended by our entire Wetlands Education Program (WEP) team – was a hot and sweaty success! 18 participants from  the Lower Mainland, Bowen Island, and Victoria commuted to Cheam Lake Wetlands Park for a weekend filled with sun, knowledge sharing, and lots of … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Building Wetlands in the Somenos Marsh: Treating Storm Water and Creating Habitat

This article was submitted by Elizabeth Bailey, Program Coordinator for the Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society. Elizabeth attended the 2014 Wetlands Institute. Along with a team of experts and community supporters, the Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society (SMWS) has restored a wetland pond in the Somenos Marsh to treat storm water and create wildlife habitat. It has … Continue reading

Golf Balls and Wetlands – Part 2

This article was submitted by the Logan Lake Enhancement Working Group. Click here for part 1 Another year, another impacted area and another crop of willing BCIT students.  Throw in some funding, equipment, materials and supplies.  Mix liberally with Tom Biebighauser and we have the recipe for another successful wetland restoration/construction project.   See “Golf Balls and … Continue reading

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