SWAMP is looking for wetlands to assess

Do you have a wetland on your property in the Slocan Valley? If so, we’d love to come check it out. We will inventory (identify plants, assess its condition, classify the wetland type, etc.) and map it, and add the data to our watershed-wide project. If the wetland is disturbed, we may be able to talk about restoration options as we are always looking for new projects. SWAMP is funded though grants from the Columbia Basin Trust, so there will no charge to the landowner.

For more information, please contact Ryan Durand at 250-359-7420 or rdurand @ durandecological.com.

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SWAMP Phase 1 & 2 science reports available here

The report “SWAMP Phase 2” from Durand Ecological is available for download here by clicking on the icon below. This report details the wetlands that were assessed during the summer of 2014. Earlier reports, “SWAMP Phase 1” and the “Manager’s Report” on the 2014 summer work are also available by clicking on the cover photos of those reports below. Funding has been received to continue our wetland assessments this summer and planning is underway. We will keep you updated here, or contact Richard Johnson at richard.slrc@gmail.com

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Phase 2 Science Report

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Phase 2 Managers Report

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Phase 1 Report

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SWAMP status

The Slocan Wetland Assessment and Monitoring Program (SWAMP) is a group of active people that value the biodiversity and ecological value of wetlands. (See “Who we are”)

The long term goal of SWAMP is to utilize existing mapping and inventory data as base layers and to develop a detailed and comprehensive habitat assessment of flora and fauna of the watershed. SWAMP is a multi-year initiative to establish a community based monitoring program to assess the abundance, distribution, and ecological integrity/function of wetlands and riparian habitat throughout the Slocan watershed.

Phase 1 of the project (completed during the winter of 2013) involved collecting all existing information as to the type and extent of wetlands in the Slocan Valley, and developing an assessment method that was applicable for multiple levels of experience and education. Phase 2 (completed during the summer and fall of 2014) involved the assessment of 50 wetland plots from four wetland complexes and several other smaller wetlands. The assessments utilized a multi-disciplinary approach to classify each wetland and assess habitat suitability for mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. A separate, but integrated, assessment of invertebrate diversity to determine ecosystem health was also completed. In addition, two volunteer training workshops were held and numerous community outreach events were attended.

The focus of Phase 3 (to be completed in 2015) is to perform detailed assessments on additional wetlands and present the results to the communities, with a focus on wetland mapping and characterization. Assessments will incorporate lessons learned from Phase 2, including less reliance on professional specialists, and more emphasis on characterizing ecosystem functions. Target wetlands will include a wide distribution of sample sites, with a continued goal of attempting to inventory and classify the full range of wetlands that occur in the Slocan watershed, with a focus on private property. An improved community involvement and training program will be undertaken in Phase 3 to increase the knowledge of community members and the capacity of volunteers to contribute local knowledge of the location and importance of wetlands.

The phase 1 and phase 2 reports are public documents and will shortly be available for download from this website.
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