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 project is a collaboration with conservation organizations and First Nations that will deploy work-pods across British Columbia throughout 2021. Through these work-pods the project 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
“This work is so important right now because we need to act. We have beautiful places that are in jeopardy of being lost. We have already lost so much. I think especially coming out of something that we collectively experienced, like COVID, with us being here in this beautiful place we know that when our world became much smaller the ability to get out and be around water, around the environment, really helped us. We need these things, and we also need to work together. It’s not just one partner or one stake holder’s ability to do all the multifaceted things that help protect our water, our watersheds, and our wetlands.”
“This work is important because wetlands are some of the most valuable habitats you can restore that cover a vast majority of everything within the area. In restoring wetlands, you can create habitat for a range of animals, plants, invertebrates, amphibians and fish. Everything uses them.”
“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.”
Something unexpected visited the ponds at the Halleran site in Meadow Creek, a small community in the mountainous Lardeau Valley. At the Halleran site, it…
The Wetlands Workforce is helping build real estate for wetland birds by building birdhouses to place in restored wetlands.