Over 70 Project Sites
Over 100 People Employed
40 key Species Positively Impacted
Who We Are
To leave a legacy that demonstrates the value of continued investment in healthy wetlands and watersheds.
The B.C. Wildlife Federation’s Wetlands Workforce Program is a collaboration with conservation organizations and First Nations that will deploy work-pods across British Columbia throughout 2021. Through these work-pods the Program aims to improve riparian area habitat; monitor the effectiveness of wetland restoration sites; advance collaborative restoration projects with First Nations and communities; provide employment opportunities targeting women, young adults, and First Nations; and to support Province-wide monitoring initiatives that will improve wetland management.
- Engagement & Learning
“For 50 years, The Nature Trust of BC has been working to protect wetlands, like marshes, bogs and sloughs. We are currently working on acquiring land at Nicomen Slough. Nicomen Slough is a side channel of the Fraser River, which has some exceptional fisheries habitats. Young Chinook Salmon, river-rearing Sockeye Salmon, Coho and Chum Salmon, Steelhead and Cutthroat Trout spawn and rear within this important system. Nicomen Slough is also located in an area of continental significance to waterfowl, who stop in the area during their migrations. More than 100 trumpeter swans spend the winter in this area.”
“Healthy watersheds provide the foundation for vibrant healthy communities. Watersheds give us all a place to call home (people and wildlife). Its natural processes clean our air, soil and water. We use its natural resources for food, water, medicine, and rely on many of these resources for our daily lives and for trade and commerce. The opportunity to monitor, enhance and care for local watersheds is an investment in human health, community wellbeing, economic prosperity and resilient natural diversity that pays in dividends.“
“LEPS is thrilled to host a Wetlands Workforce work pod. This project increases our capacity to undertake watershed enhancement and monitoring in the Langley area, and provide good, green jobs to young professionals just launching their environmental careers. In what has been a challenging time, the Wetlands Workforce is providing positive benefits and we are excited for the coming year!”
Leaving a legacy is no easy task, but one conservation hero has put us on a path of continued investment in healthy watersheds and wetlands.
World Waters Day: New Wetlands Workforce program launches, a year-long initiative to improve the function of British Columbia’s wetlands.