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Issue 2 | August 2016

New book! Peatland Restoration and Ecosystem Services

In July 2016, Cambridge University Press released a new book titled "Peatland Restoration and Ecosystem Services - Science, Policy and Practice". According to the publisher, "Peatlands provide globally important ecosystem services through climate and water regulation or biodiversity conservation. While covering only 3% of the earth's surface, degrading peatlands are responsible for nearly a quarter of carbon emissions from the land use sector. Bringing together world-class experts from science, policy and practice to highlight and debate the importance of peatlands from an ecological, social and economic perspective, this book focuses on how peatland restoration can foster climate change mitigation. Featuring a range of global case studies, opportunities for reclamation and sustainable management are illustrated throughout against the challenges faced by conservation biologists. Written for a global audience of environmental scientists, practitioners and policy makers, as well as graduate students from natural and social sciences, this interdisciplinary book provides vital pointers towards managing peatland conservation in a changing environment." Peatland Restoration and Ecosystem Services is available to order here.  

LessonsFromNature website launch

Partners of the fRI Research Healthy Landscapes Program, based in Hinton, Alberta have launched to help decision makers and the public discover new land management research and applications – right from their desktop. explores six of the most debated land management values in the boreal forest by pairing expert interviews with vivid drone footage of modern harvest sites. The website also includes interactive 360 degree views of the boreal forest and animations showing how forest management has evolved in the past 30 years. The goal of the website is to advance the conversation about sustainable land management in the boreal forest and to increase awareness about new ideas and research.  While wetlands aren’t explicitly profiled on the site yet, topics such as landscape variability, resilience and cumulative effects are discussed and the site highlights new ways for sustainably managing landscapes around wetlands. In addition, the team is discussing ways of adding content to discuss how we can use Lessons From Nature to better manage and conserve wetland areas within forested landscapes.
See the site for yourself at: and be sure to leave your feedback!  

Investigating carbon storage and sequestration in boreal upland forests and wetlands

The Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) and its partners Ducks Unlimited Canada, Louisiana-Pacific Canada Ltd., and Spruce Products Ltd. are developing methods to easily sample and quantify carbon sequestrations and storage in upland boreal forests and wetlands. This work will take place over three years and will focus primarily on wetlands. Funding for the work is provided through the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Conservation & Community Partnership Grant Program. Information about the project can found here or contact Mark Johnston with the SRC for details and questions. More information about the SFI grant program can be found 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.

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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

Lower Mainland Wetlands Institute - 2016
BC Wildlife Federation wetlands education program
Mission, British Columbia
August 27- September 2, 2016

Alberta Peatland Criteria - Field Training School 2016
Peatland education and hands on training on the application of the 2015 Peatland Criteria
NAIT Boreal Research Institute
Peace River, Alberta
September 21-23, 2016

Demo International 2016
Live showcase of forestry equipment and practices including road construction and environmental practices
Canadian Woodlands Forum 
Maple Ridge, British Columbia
September 22-24, 2016

2016 IUFRO Extension and Knowledge Exchange Conference
Increasing capacity for program delivery through knowledge exchange networks and peer to peer learning
International Union of Forest Research Organizations
Kenora, Ontario
September 25-29, 2016

International Pipeline Conference
11th annual internation conference organized by volunteers from energy corporations, energy and pipeline associations, and regulators
Calgary, Alberta
September 26-30, 2016

Under Western Skies: Water - Events, Trends, Analysis
Biennial conference series on the environment
Mt. Royal University
Calgary, Alberta
September 27-30, 2016

In the news

Did you know

There is no comprehensive nation wide inventory of wetlands in Canada, but Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) has mapped wetlands in the majority of Canada's Boreal Plains ecozone. 

DUC has developed a hierarchical classification that maps wetlands to conform to the Canadian Wetland Classification System at the five major class level and that further refines those classes into 19 minor classes. Referred to as the Enhanced Wetland Classification, DUC has mapped over 82% of Canada's western Boreal forest.

Support of this work was made possible through various industry, foundation, and government contributions.

For more information about DUC's mapping efforts and products contact Al Richard.

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