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Wetlands Institute

A different way to deliver training in wetland stewardship, restoration and construction in the field.

The Wetlands Institute is conventionally an intensive 7-day hands-on workshop that educates participants about wetland stewardship, restoration and construction. Participants are invited to apply to the workshop with a wetland project or program that they wish to implement in their community or would like to initiate in the future.

Participants leave the workshop with the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to make a difference in the world of wetland conservation as well as the support from the Wetlands Education Program team. The Wetlands Institute is one of the many programs that the Wetlands Education Program offers.

In 2020, the BCWF’s Wetlands Education Program was proud to present the virtual Wetland Institute Speaker Series!

Wetlands Institute Speaker Series

Recordings from the 2020 virtual Wetlands Institute Speaker Series

Wetland Monitoring & Maintenance

Please join us to learn more about wetland monitoring and post-restoration maintenance.

Guest Speakers:

Elke Wind is an Amphibian Biologist and founder of E. Wind Consulting where she has focused on conservation, assessment and management of amphibian populations, wetland restoration and construction for the last 20 years. Elke will be speaking on amphibian monitoring, trapping in the field and sharing a case study on an amphibian monitoring project that helped influence local legislation.

Neil Fletcher is the Manager of Conservation Stewardship at BCWF and has been working in the Wetlands Education Program for over ten years. Through his work across B.C., Neil brings a wealth of experience and knowledge about wetland conservation and restoration. Neil will be speaking on post-restoration monitoring and maintenance.

Cultural Value of Wetlands and Archeological Assessments

Please join us to learn more about the cultural value of wetlands and the process of archeological assessments when working in or near wetlands.

Guest Speakers:

Evelyn George is a former Councilor of Lake Babine Nation and has a passion for wetlands. Evelyn will speak on her perspective on how wetlands have intrinsic cultural value to her and her community.

Dr. Genevieve Hill is the Collections Manager and Researcher at the Royal BC Museum. Genevieve began studying archaeology in 2000, obtaining a BA from University of Victoria and an MA and PhD from the University of Exeter, where she focused on wetland archaeology. She also worked as a consulting archaeologist and as a Project Officer at the BC Archaeology Branch before taking her current position as Collection Manager and Researcher of the BC Archaeology Collection in the Indigenous Collections and Repatriation Department of the Royal BC Museum. Her research focuses on Indigenous use of wetlands and the role of perception and policy in the identification and preservation of cultural sites.

Wetlands and Climate Change

Please join us to learn more about using models to determine the risks to wetlands in the face of climate change.

Guest Speakers:

Nelson Jatel is the Water Stewardship Director of the Okanagan Basin Water Board. He will be speaking on the Okanagan Wetlands Action Plan, the relationship and value of wetlands and the risks associated with climate change.

Karen Price (PhD) and Dave Daust (MSc, RPF) work at the interface of science and management. Their recent work assesses the cumulative risk to ecological values posed by resource development and climate change and determines how to improve decision-making to increase ecological resilience. They will be sharing their knowledge and analysis of the potential impacts to wetlands and stream systems in the Skeena region.

Wetlands as Eco-Assets

Please join us to learn more about the ecological assets of wetlands and about the tools and best practices to evaluate your wetland for ecological services. We will also learn about a case study on Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.

Guest Speakers:

Michelle Molnar is the Technical Director of the Municipal Natural Assets Initiative as well as an Environmental Economist and Policy Analyst at the David Suzuki Foundation. Her work focuses on the conservation of natural capital using various tools of ecological economics, policy analysis and public outreach. She leads MNAI’s technical team and has worked with ~20 communities to apply their framework.

Rob Lawrence, Environmental Planner, City of Nanaimo (MURP, RPP, MCIP). Rob currently works as the Environmental Planner with the City of Nanaimo. Within this role, Rob works on environmental policy and program development, development application reviews and park restoration planning. Rob has previously worked as the City’s Parks and Open Space Planner, working on several park plans and park operations projects. Rob also acts as the City’s representative on the Buttertubs Marsh Conservation Area management committee.

Impound Decommissioning & Floodplain Restoration: A Case Study

Floodplain Restoration – A Case Study of the Hunting Grounds Site on Yaqan Nukiy Territory near Rossland, BC, Canada

Please join us to learn more about the techniques used to restore constructed impoundments. These impoundments present excellent opportunities for wetland and stream restoration. Thousands of large impoundments have been built across North America since the 1930s by constructing high and long dams, moving streams and draining natural wetlands. The majority of these impoundments failed because the dams did not hold water, water control structures leaked and pumps failed. Dams associated with each impoundment cut off riparian areas from their natural floodplain.

This presentation will cover how the restoration was completed at the Hunting Grounds site in partnership with the Lower Kootenay Band. This landscape-scale project is a first of its kind in British Columbia involving the restoration of floodplains, wetlands, streams and rivers damaged by the construction of impoundments, dams, ditches and the installation of pipes and pumps. The project was designed to increase wildlife and fish populations on the traditional Yaqan Nukiy Hunting Grounds, including the following at-risk species: Northern leopard frog, Western painted turtle, white sturgeon and burbot.

Guest Speakers:

Tom Biebighauser is a Wildlife Biologist and Wetland Ecologist. Since 1979, he has restored over 2,250 wetlands and streams across Canada, The United States, New Zealand, Puerto Rico and Taiwan.

Norman Allard Jr. is the Community Planner for Lower Kootenay Band (LKB). He is the manager for the Yaqan Nukiy Wetlands Restoration Project and the Yaqan Nukiy Hunting Grounds Ecosystem Restoration Projects.

Wetlands and Watersheds, Water Quality and Pollution

Please join us to learn more about wetlands and the watersheds they are in and how water quality and pollution can affect these sensitive systems.

Guest Speakers:

Heather Larratt is a Biologist and Founder of Larratt Aquatic Consulting. With over 40 years of experience in environmental regulation and reclamation, we are excited to have Heather join us as a speaker! Heather will be speaking on using wetlands as bioreactors and constructed wetlands.

Denise Clark is a Fisheries Technician with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. She worked as an instructor at Thompson Rivers University for eight years and completed her M.Sc. on wetland health under Brian Heise. Denise will be speaking on wetland invertebrates as well as invertebrate sampling methods, and water quality.

* Unfortunately we cannot share Denise’s presentation publicly. If you would like to see her presentation, please sign up for one of our workshops