Who is a Wetland Steward?
An individual who makes a decision to take responsibility for and help to monitor, care for and plan for the future protection of their local wetland.
All too often we believe that this is the sole responsibility of governments and larger organizing bodies, when in fact communities are in the best position to steward their land. Grassroots management is extremely effective for any form of conservation, and that is why the BCWF Wetland Education Program aims to educate communities on how they might best practice stewardship in their own neighbourhoods.
There are wetland stewards all across the province who are taking action to inform their friends, families and neighbours about the importance of their local swamps and marshes. These individuals inspire others to care for our often forgotten spaces. Inevitably one steward will gather a small stewardship group that will rally around a backyard bog or salt marsh!
If you are a nature enthusiast or a seasoned wetland steward, you will likely find information valuable to your own project on the following pages. Take a look at what is going on in your region of the province and connect with local groups. See what past participants of the Wetlands Education Program are doing to steward their local wetlands, and contact us if you would like to host a workshop in your area!