GT Wetland Restoration Project

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The staff gauge showing the water level in the wetland on August 23, 2019.

GT Wetland Restoration Project May 17, 2019

The ephemeral wetlands are now full May 18, 2019

Students from Sequoia Learning Centre in Crescent Valley planting a large number of native sedges, rushes, trees and shrubs. Many thanks for your help today! May 9, 2019

Pacific Chorus Frog swimming in the wetlands May 9, 2019

Western Toad swimming in the wetlands May 9, 2019

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The swallows are appreciating the new nesting boxes! May 9, 2019


Students from Winlaw Elementary School came out with their teacher to plant sedges and rushes at the wetland restoration project on April 15. The nine Grade 6 students planted 130 native sedges and rushes from seven species that included: Juncus tenuis, Scirpus microcarpus, Carex lenticularis, Carex mentensii, Carex aquatilus, Carex rostrata and Juncus effussus.

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Winlaw Elementary School students planting sedges. April 15, 2019
photo credit: Dominique Monnier

Installing nesting boxes for swallows. April 5, 2019

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.

Wetland Restoration Project January 2019

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)

Wetland Restoration:

https://slocanriverstreamkeepers.wordpress.com/wetland-restoration/