CBWN is happy to report that the new project to enhance community engagement in wetlands restoration is now underway. Doug Switzer from Nakusp has been hired as Community Engagement Coordinator and, as the job title suggests, he will be working with groups and individuals to encourage community members and groups to become more involved in issues related to wetland restoration and preservation.

Burton Flats. Photo Jason Jobin BCWF

 

One of CBWN’s public outreach events will be a Wetlands Awareness day on October 2, 2017 in Nakusp. Based at Selkirk College, there will be displays from local watershed and wetlands groups and water professionals will be on hand to answer questions. Local wetland tours will be offered at 10:00am and 2:00pm. Transportation will be provided for the 10:00am tour so pre-registration is recommended.

 

Volunteer training and recruitment are also a large part of this initiative. CBWN’s goal is to not only increase awareness of wetlands issues but to also pair professionals with volunteers in order to train community members about wetlands monitoring and restoration in the field.

 

Community collaboration is another important aspect of the project and to help facilitate that collaboration, the project will invite existing community groups, relevant government agencies, professional scientists, First Nations and individuals to form a steering committee similar to the Slocan based group; Slocan Wetlands Assessment and Monitoring Project (SWAMP). This group will help to provide both scientific and community based knowledge and guidance to the project.

 

For further information, or to pre-register for the morning tour, please contact Doug Switzer at dswitzer@nakusp.net

We gratefully acknowledge the support of WWF-Canada and Loblaw Companies Limited.