Thank you to all of our 2016 Lower Mainland Institute participants for
a successful week in constructing and conserving BC's wetlands!
Started in 1998, the Wetlands Institute is an intensive 7 day hands-on workshop that educates participants about wetland stewardship, restoration and construction skills. Participants come to the Wetlands Institute with a wetland project they wish to implement in their home communities whether if be restoration, protection, enhancement, or education related. During the workshop, participants receive support from knowledgable experts from around the province and obtain hands-on training in order to successfully implement their wetland projects upon returning home. Since 2012, the Institute has been held annually in selected communities across British Columbia. Participants spend most of the week in the field learning about the importance and diversity of wetlands, practicing up to date field techniques to inventory wetlands vegetation mapping, water quality, soils, birds, amphibians, and much more. In addition, participants discuss ways to contact and communicate with landowners and developers and to raise public awareness and influence conservation policies. Within the selected host community(ies), several different wetland sites are visited during the week to highlight different restoration, conservation and education methods. Furthermore, participants will get hands-on experience restoring or enhancing at least one wetland. Upon completion of the Institute, participants from all types of backgrounds are trained to begin wetland projects in their home communities!
The 2016 Wetlands Institute was hosted in the Lower Mainland from August 27-September 2. Highlights include: working directly with well-seasoned and respected trainers (e.g.,Tom Biebighauser, who has restored over 1500 wetlands across North America), removing 400ft2 of invasive Yellow Flag Iris at Cheam Lake, and restoring wetlands at Dewdney Elementary School and Silverdale Creek Wetlands (Both in Mission, BC). Read more about the 2016 Wetlands Institute on the BCWF Bog Blog or view photos from the event on our Flickr account.
Check out what some BCWF's 2010 Wetland Institute laureates are now doing: H. Toles, D. James & S. Huddart, M. Sidney, E. Tobe, and N, Cox.
Check out what some of the 2012 Wetland Institute laureates are now doing: Kyle Rasmussen, Celia Serrano, and Kai Retzel.
In the News
Saving Wetlands - The Squamish Chief (July 2012)
Building a Wetland 101 (July 2012)
West Kootenays - Wetlands Institute 2013 (Not available online)
Canal Flats - Wetlands Institute 2007 (Not available online)
Kelowna - Wetlands Institute 1999 (Not available online)
Metro Vancouver - Wetlands Institute 1998 (Not available online)
Since 1985, Wildlife Habitat Canada, a national, non-profit, charitable conservation organization, has invested over $60 million to support hundreds of conservation projects on private and public lands across Canada, through its granting program. Wildlife Habitat Canada works through partnerships with communities, landowners, governments, non-government organizations, and industry to conserve, enhance, and restore wildlife habitat. To learn more about the projects that Wildlife Habitat Canada has funded or to see our annual report, please visit www.whc.org. Without habitat...there is no wildlife. It's that simple!
The BC Wildlife Federation recognizes the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation and anglers. Hunters, trappers and guides who contribute to the Trust, for making a significant financial contribution to support the Wetlands Institute. Without such support, this project would not have been possible.