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Issue 7 | January 2017

Monthly webinar series!

Our first webinar series by Ducks Unlimited Canada's Best Management Practices Team is full! We have a limited allowance of 99 viewers for webinars at this time, so spots are first come, first serve! Don't miss our February webinar with Dr. Bin Xu from the NAIT Boreal Research Institute who will be presenting on Applied research on mitigating and restoring in-situ footprint on boreal peatlands.

Join us for the second webinar on
March 1st, 2017 from 12:00-1:00 MST
Register here!
If you are interested in giving a webinar on a research or pilot project, experience developing and applying wetland BMPs, or any related topic, we would love to hear from you contact us!

Are you working on an interesting project you think others would like to hear about? Do you know of any ongoing research, new publications or other wetlands BMP related work? We want to hear from you! The Wetland Best Management Practices Knowledge Exchange was developed as a venue for sharing information about wetland BMPs to increase awareness and foster collaboration. This model works best when members contribute to help shape the content they want to see!
To encourage participation, we are offering some incentives. Everyone who submits an article for our consideration for each month's Wetland BMP Knowledge Exchange Newsletter will be entered in a draw to win a monthly DUC prize. Contributors who submit an article that is used in the newsletter will also be entered to WIN a DUC print at the end of the year (December 2017)! Each article submitted will earn one contest entry. 

The more input we receive, the stronger and more useful the Knowledge Exchange will be to all members. So please, get in touch

Ducks Unlimited Canada and forestry leaders work together for wetland stewardship

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) along with 7 forestry leaders have partnered to launch an innovative approach to advance sustainable forest management and wetland stewardship in the boreal forest. These leaders include six forest management companies including Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc., Canfor, Millar Western Forest Products Ltd., Tolko Industries Ltd., West Fraser and Weyerhaeuser Company along with the Forest Products Association of Canada. Over the next three years, projects under this initiative will establish wetland conservation guiding principles and best management practices to help the companies achieve forest management objectives and meet criteria for forest certification programs. View the full press release here. For more information, contact Chris Smith. 

Environmental concerns in right-of-way management 2015 proceedings

The proceedings from the 11th International Symposium on Environmental Concerns in Rights-of-Way Management (2015) are now available online. More than 400 people attended the Symposium in Halifax, Nova Scotia and over 120 presenters contributed to sessions on wildlife, vegetation management, technology, planning, assessment and restoration of environmental rights of way. The Symposium addressed environmental regulations and perspectives on the management of natural systems, as well as touched on topics such as stakeholder management and the development of supporting technologies. The proceedings include a number papers of potential interest including environmental mitigation and management of pipeline ROWs, herbicide use and sensitivity in the Yukon, wetland delineation for large-scale linear projects, breeding bird surveys and BMPs, and others. View the full proceedings here. 

Alberta's wetlands: A law and policy guide

An updated edition of Alberta’s Wetlands: A Law and Policy Guide by Arlene J. Kwasniak has been released by the Canadian Institute for Resource Law. Understanding how wetlands are addressed by law and policy can help inform conservation and management approaches. This guide explains the laws and policies that directly and indirectly affect wetlands in Alberta. Legal approaches to protect and recognize wetlands are also explained, including environmental assessments, development restrictions, and wildlife laws. This guide attempts to make legal concepts accessible for readers of various backgrounds. This is the Second Edition of Alberta’s Wetlands: A Law and Policy Guide, which is current to February 2016 and is up to date on legislative and policy changes as well as shifts in approaches to wetland conservation that have taken place since the publication of the First Edition in 2001. Purchasing information and the full summary are available 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

Science Forum and Workshop on Forests and
Climate Change Mitigation, Impacts, and Adaption

February 7-8, 2017
Edmonton, Alberta

Alberta Soil Science Workshop 2017
February 15-17, 2017
Lethbridge, Alberta

CLRA Alberta AGM and Conference
Feb 22-24, 2017
Red Deer, Alberta

Alberta Chapter of the Wildlife Society Conference and AGM
March 17-19, 2017
Lac La Biche, Alberta

Banff 2017 Pipeline Workshop
April 3-6, 2017
Banff, Alberta

Introduction to the Wetland Plants of British Columbia 
July 25-26, 2017
Revelstoke, British Columbia 

In the news

Did you know?

Wetlands have different flow characteristics that can often be determined by wetland type. Wetlands may be stagnant, seasonally fluctuating, inundated or have slow lateral flow.

Stagnant: Commonly isolated systems with little seasonal water level fluctuations and no defined stream channels. Bogs and poor fens are typically considered to be stagnant systems.

Seasonally Fluctuating: Characterized by slow surface water flow, increased water volume in spring that may flow above the root mat, and often with small defined channels. Swamps are typically considered to be seasonally fluctuating and can experience both horizontal and vertical water movement.

Inundated: Characterized by flooded conditions, inundated wetlands may be connected to flowing water systems and may contain fish. Open water wetlands and marshes typically fall under this flow regime.

Slow Lateral Flow: Characterized by increased water volume during peak rain and snow events and unlikely to freeze due to year-round surface and subsurface horizontal water movement. Fens typically fall under this flow regime.

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