Our Newest Wetland Keepers
Nineteen participants attended the Wetlands Keepers Course held in Parksville on April 22 - 24. The course was co-sponsored by the BC Wildlife Federation and MVIHES, and instructed by Michele Jones of Mimulus Biological Consultants. An article on the course was also published in the Parksville Qualicum Beach News
Participants learned the techniques for identifying and mapping different wetland ecosystems, including how to conduct vegetation surveys and identify wetland plants and soils.
Armed with these skills, the graduates of the course can now survey wetlands in our area and promote wetland stewardship. Remember that wetlands are essential for
- good water quality
- reducing floods
- aquifer recharge
- providing nutrients to streams
- a carbon sink that reduces the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere
- habitat for some unique species of plants and animals
- and a place for enjoyment of the outdoors
The preservation and restoration of wetlands are important for a healthy environment which leads to healthy salmon populations.
Congratulations Wetland Keepers in completing this worthwhile course!