Fall 2016 E-Newsletter
Restoring Lost Saltmarsh to Create Habitat Connectivity
Comox Valley Project Watershed Society
Project Summary by Jennifer Sutherst
Estuary Coordinator & Staff Biologist
The Comox Valley Project Watershed Society has been undertaking restoration work in the K’ómoks Estuary transplanting intertidal and subtidal eelgrass in an area, south of Courtenay, B.C. known as the “Royston Wrecks” for the past several years. From 1911 to the early 1950’s steam locomotives hauled approximately 6-8 billion board feet of logs from logging camps throughout the Comox Valley to the Royston log dump which was located at this site. A mile long wharf extended from the end of the road into the estuary. Logs were tipped off the wharf and sorted into booms and towed to more protected waters for transportation to saw mills. Starting in 1937, large ships and tug boats were sunk off the site in order to form a breakwater to protect the log booms. Logs were stored north of the breakwater until 2006. This activity caused major habitat damage to the estuarine ecosystem.
Newly built islands showing tidal drainage channels
In addition to the eelgrass restoration, in the fall of 2014 Project Watershed undertook a restoration of the foreshore saltmarsh habitat. Saltmarshes are coastal wetlands that are flooded and drained by salt water brought in by the tides. These intertidal habitats are common in estuaries and provide essential food, refuge or nursery habitat for many different species. Saltmarshes also protect shorelines from erosion by buffering wave action and trapping sediments. They reduce flooding by slowing and absorbing rainwater and protect water quality by filtering runoff. Intertidal saltmarsh areas aid in carbon sequestration as they function to absorb large quantities of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it, thereby helping to counter some of the effects of global warming. Read more...
Upcoming Training Opportunities
Utilizing Native Plants in Reclamation
Hosted by NAIT Boreal Research Institute
October 24, 2016 in Edmonton, AB
Course Description: This seminar will provide the latest information on challenges and opportunities of using native seeds and seedlings on industrially disturbed site. The goals of this seminar are to discuss challenges and opportunities of using native seeds and seedlings on industrially disturbed sites; share knowledge on native plant growth and deployment; and promote networking among seed/seedling producers and users.
Seismic Line Restoration Technical Session
Hosted by the Canadian Institute of Forestry
December 1, 2016 in Edmonton, AB
Course Description: This technical session will facilitate discussion and provide current information on issues surrounding development and reclamation of seismic lines in Alberta’s boreal forest. Talks will focus on specific topics such as ecological effects, regulatory status and best reclamation practices.
Reclaiming Spaces - Restoring Species
Hosted by Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan
February 8 - 9, 2016 in Regina, SK
Course Description: Session themes include Restoration and Reclamation on Native Prairie, Range Health and Soil Remediation, Restoration of Wildlife and Plant Species at Risk, and Connecting it All - The Power of Partnerships. The workshop will also feature three case studies: reclamation/restoration in an urban setting, in a riparian setting, and with a First Nations perspective.
10,000 Cranes for Wetland Restoration
10,000 Cranes for Wetland Restoration is a student-led project in Vancouver, BC aimed at generating awareness about wetland conservation. The project's goal is to fold 10,000 paper cranes out of scrap paper, which will then be displayed as art installations in various locations. These installations will then be dismantled, and the paper cranes will be distributed to 10 different government/corporate offices involved in conservation, agriculture, and natural resource development. Read more...
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact HyunGu Kang at email@example.com. Volunteer opportunities include organizing Crane-a-thons, folding cranes, collecting scrap paper, packaging cranes for distribution, and constructing the installations.
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Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program
FWCP compensates for the impacts to fish and wildlife impacted by BC Hydro dams. Their vision is thriving fish and wildlife populations in watersheds that are functioning and sustainable. Deadline: October 28, 2016
Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund
The Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) in partnership with the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) provide funding for projects that benefit conservation in the area from Spillimacheen to Canal Flats through the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund (CVLCF). Deadline: October 31, 2016
Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund
The Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) in partnership with the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) provide funding for projects that benefit conservation in the rural areas around Kootenay Lake, specifically Electoral Areas A, D, and E within the RDCK through the Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund (KLLCF). Deadline: October 31, 2016
Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation Enhancement and Restoration Grants
These grants are provided to projects that: focus on freshwater wild fish, native wildlife species and their habitats; have the potential to achieve a significant conservation outcome; best represent the interests of the Trust Foundations’ contributors, and maintain or enhance opportunities for fishing, hunting, trapping, wildlife viewing and associated outdoor recreational activities. Deadline: November 4, 2016
The University of Alberta, October 6, 2016 - Home on the Rangeland
CBC Edmonton, October 1, 2016 - Alberta plans to restore Caribou habitat disturbed by industrial use
Penticton Western News, September 24, 2016
- Penticton Creek restoration project celebrates first anniversary
Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News, September 22, 2016 - New stream helps fish flow in Pacific Rim National Park
Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal, September 14, 2016 - River habitat reclaimed near Logan Lake
Oak Bay News, September 13, 2016 - Unwanted Fir trees pulled from park
CBC, September 11, 2016
- 'We can't replace nature': Oilsands wetland reclamation a mixed success
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