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Issue 4 | October 2016

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Do you know of any upcoming events?  Are you working on an interesting project you think others would like to hear about? We want to hear from you! The Wetland Best Management Practices (BMP) Knowledge Exchange was developed as a venue for sharing information about wetland BMPs to increase awareness and foster collaboration. Now on our fourth issue, we encourage members to share their knowledge of wetland BMP events, new or ongoing research, opportunities for collaboration, new publications, or other related work. The more input we receive, the stronger and more useful the Knowledge Exchange will be to all members. So please,  Contact us

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Biodiversity and Forestry and Wet Areas Mapping workshop presentations now available

On March 16th 2016 the Forest Management Branch of Alberta Agriculture and Forestry held a Biodiversity and Forestry Workshop in Edmonton, Alberta that explored how the implementation and application of ecosystem based management contributes to maintaining biodiversity. Presenters discussed case studies from British Columbia, Alberta, and Quebec, as well as results from the collaborative Ecosystem Management Emulating Natural Disturbance (EMEND) experiment, initiated in 1998. On March 17th presenters at the Wet Areas Mapping (WAM) Workshop reported on a decade of innovation and transformation of the WAM model to address complex challenges of mapping lands in the boreal forest. Presentations included natural regeneration of forest vegetation on legacy seismic lines (Cassidy Van Rensen, AEP) and a framework for assessing cumulative effects on watershed values (Axel Anderson, fRi Research). Videos of many of the presentations from these two workshops are available to watch on the Alberta Land-use Knowledge Network

UAV's as an effective tool for wetland mapping

Gathering data for wetland mapping can be time and labor intensive as well as costly. In his thesis Small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as remote sensors: An effective data gathering tool for wetland mapping, University of Guelph Masters student Tim O'Brian examined the use of small UAVs to collect landscape imagery to increase convenience, cost-effectiveness, and precision of data collection for wetland mapping. O'Brian deployed a small UAV over a Wellington County, Ontario wetland complex and found that his approach resulted in finer resolution data than conventional imagery and was more comprehensive and precise for use in wetland delineation. This approach can support, and in some cases potentially supplant, traditional data collection methods. Read Tim O'Brian's full thesis here!

Association of State Wetland Managers

The Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) is a not-for-profit organization in the United States that promotes wetland protection and the use of science to enhance wetland management, and provides training and education opportunities for members and the public. The ASWM recently completed a four-part webinar series on hydric soils for professionals and field staff, with the purpose of educating practitioners on hydric soils formation, identification, and evaluation. Efforts are underway to transform the webinars into training modules, to be available online in early 2017. More information on the webinar series, including past webinars, and on the ASWM can be found here. The association also puts out a monthly newsletter covering wetland issues and news, check out or sign up for 'Wetland Breaking News' here.

About the Knowledge Exchange
This is a venue for sharing boreal wetland best management practices information with the goal of raising awareness, increasing information transfer, and fostering collaboration amongst industry, government, academic, consulting, and other interested stakeholders.

For more information, visit our website. For past issues visit our archive.

Join the conversation

Please contact us if you have upcoming events, new and ongoing research, opportunities for collaboration, new publications, or any other wetlands BMP related work that you are interested in sharing.

Upcoming events

Map our Marshes Workshop
BC Wildlife Federation Wetlands Education Program
Squamish District Office, Squamish BC
October 22, 2016

Utilizing Native Plants in Reclamation
NAIT Boreal Research Institute
NAIT, Edmonton, Alberta
October 24, 2016

McMaster Water Week
Hamilton, Ontario
October 24-28 2016

Association of Alberta Forest Management Professionals
Edmonton Expo Centre, Northlands, Edmonton, Alberta
November 3-4, 2016
DUC will be hosting a booth with BMP products, come and learn more!

PTAC Water Innovation Forum
Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada
The Calgary Petroleum Club, Calgary, Alberta
November 9, 2016

UAV/UAS workshop
Canadian Institute of Forestry
Mattawa, ON, Nov 8, 2016
Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Nov 9, 2016

2016 Oil Sands Science Symposium
Government of Alberta
Telus Convention Centre, Calgary, Alberta
November 22-23, 2016

Seismic Line Restoration Technical Session
Canadian Institute of Forestry
NAIT, Edmonton, Alberta
December 1, 2016

In the news

Did you know

DUC hosted a Wetlands Best Management Practices Workshop in January 2016. 

125 participants representing government, industry, consulting, and not-for-profits attended and engaged in discussions over this two day workshop

The purpose of the workshop was to:
1. Identify user preferences to guide the creation of an information management and exchange system
  • Presentations focused on how companies collect, manage, store, and share BMP information
  • Demonstrations of information sharing websites
  • Discussions around the challenges and opprotunities
2.. Promote the sharing of information about effective planning and operating BMPs for working in and around boreal wetlands
  • Government and industry keynote speakers
  • Roads plenary presentations
  • Panel question and answer period
More information about the workshop and recordings of presentations are available here!


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