The Slocan River Streamkeepers are working on a second wetland restoration project in the Slocan Valley. The goal is to restore the wetland habitat and re-vegetate the site with native species to enhance functionality and attract a diversity of wildlife species. In January 2019, an excavator dug three shallow wetland areas, and basking logs were installed for amphibians and some posts planted for nesting boxes. We also created a turtle nesting area. This spring, we will be planting native plants around the wetlands, as well as installing bird and bat houses.
This project will provide habitat for a diversity of wildlife, including Western Toads, Columbia Spotted Frogs, and Western Painted Turtles, as well as bats, birds and invertebrates such as dragonfly. The strategy aims to attract diverse predators of mosquitoes to reduce their population in summer. Sampling in summer 2017 found no mosquito larvae in the wetlands we restored at Crooked Horn Farm. The Streamkeepers will continue the monitoring program to document the short- and long-term effects of restored wetlands.
The Slocan River Streamkeepers would like to thank all the funders, supporters, land owners and volunteers for their support for this wetland restoration project.
Thanks to all our funders and supporters!
This project was funded by Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) and Columbia Basin Trust (CBT)
Additional funding was provided by WWF and Loblaws Water Fund with support from Columbia Basin Watershed Network (CBWN)
and Slocan Integral Forestry Cooperative (SIFCo)
and with the support of
BC Wildlife Federation Wetlands Education Program
Selkirk College Geospatial Research Centre
Slocan Wetlands Assessment and Monitoring Project (SWAMP)