Riparian and Wetland Restoration in the Slocan Valley

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2019 KCP Winter Webinar Series 

Conservation in the Context of Climate Change – Restoration in Action

KCP is pleased to bring back the Winter Webinar Series from January to March. This four-part series will focus on the Fall Gathering theme of “Conservation in the Context of Climate Change – Restoration in Action”.

http://kootenayconservation.ca/winter-webinars/

WEBINAR #3: Riparian and Wetland Restoration in the Slocan Valley

You can watch the third webinar in the KCP Winter Webinar Series. The Slocan River Streamkeepers have implemented over 40 riparian restoration projects in the Slocan Valley since 2005, restoring the equivalent of 5 km of riverbank. Some of the projects have also included fish habitat enhancement. More recently, the Streamkeepers have also implemented some wetland restoration and enhancement projects. In this webinar, Gregoire Lamoureux, restoration ecologist with Slocan River Streamkeepers, will talk about some of the projects that have been implemented over the years, the importance of good relationship with landowners, the challenges & benefits of the projects and more.

This webinar is presented in collaboration with the Columbia Basin Watershed Network

Riparian Restoration:
https://slocanriverstreamkeepers.wordpress.com/riparian-restoration/

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

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GT Wetland Restoration Project

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GT Wetland Restoration Project

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)

Wetland Restoration:

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

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Crooked Horn Farm Wetland Restoration Project

A wetland restoration project on private land at Crooked Horn Farm in Winlaw, BC was initiated by the Slocan River Streamkeepers in 2016 and completed in Summer 2017. We gratefully received funding from the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program and National Wetlands Conservation Fund for the project.  This wildlife enhancement project has specifically consisted of creating habitat for a diversity of species including amphibians and painted turtles and also adding some bird boxes and bat houses.  (The Streamkeepers had previously implemented an adjacent riparian restoration project including in-stream fish habitat structures on the property in 2013.)

The project is located adjacent to Slocan Valley Rail Trail, hence it affords opportunities for public education and raising awareness of the importance of wetlands.

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

 

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Co-existence with the Beavers

Yes, the beavers are still very active along the Slocan River.

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Crataegus douglasii (Black hawthorn) in Appledale. March 2017.

 

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Slocan River Streamkeepers

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The Slocan River Streamkeepers work in the Slocan River valley, in the unceded territory of the Sinixt people.

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