Adding some s’edge’ to Salmo wetland

The BCWF Wetlands Education Program headed back to Salmo at the beginning of October to add over 200 sedges, rushes, dogwoods and willows to the newly established wetland.  We built the wetland next to KP Park as part of the 2013 Wetland Institute, daylighting a wetland and increasing storm water infiltration.  A big thanks to … Continue reading

Building a Schoolyard Wetland: Kinnaird Elementary, Castlegar

The BCWF’s Wetlands Education Program headed to the West Kootenays to build a schoolyard wetland at Kinnaird Elementary in Castlegar.  With the help of the Grade Sevens we constructed a liner wetland over two sunny days last week! There were several steps involved in building a liner wetland: Excavate a hole with gradual slopes, 40′ … Continue reading

Hip Deep in the West Kootenays – Wetlands Institute 2013

Did you know North America used to be filled with wetlands?   What a wild thought when you look at our present day landscape where fewer than 20% of wetlands remain in many developed areas. Did you know that wetlands are one of nature’s most valuable ecosystems?  Wetlands provide numerous ecosystem services, including but not limited … Continue reading

Harrop Wetland: A Family Connection

The Dehnel Family in Front of the Ephemeral Harrop Wetlands

Having the blood of Ernest Harrop himself flowing through her veins, Jennifer Dehnel has a long-time connection with the Harrop area. Like a storybook romance, Jenn’s husband Kurt grew up on the opposite side of Kootenay Lake, leading to their eventual meeting in their early teens. Being in the area for most of their lives … Continue reading

Boggin’ around in Nelson, BC

Cattails and lily pads, red wing blackbirds and common yellow warblers, painted turtles and Columbia Spotters – a marsh is an ecosystem that bewilders. But with so many reasons to stay inside, people are not exposed to the image of a wetland bursting into life, only an unwelcoming, dark and dreary swamp. Wetlands play a significant … Continue reading

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