Slocan Wetlands Assessment and Monitoring Project

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Project (Not Organization)
Conservation Neighbourhood Slocan Valley
Focuses Citizen ScienceEcosystem Restoration/EnhancementResearchWaterWildlife/Fish Conservation
Regional District RDCK

Our Mission:

To assess, map, and monitor native wetlands in the Slocan Watershed; to prioritize resources for this work; and to share our findings in order to inform the protection and restoration activities of associated groups and governments.

Our Vision:

To see healthy, intact functioning wetlands and riparian areas providing home to diverse species and providing natural processes throughout the Slocan Valley.

The Slocan Wetlands Assessment and Monitoring Project (SWAMP) is a collaboration of three societies, Slocan Solutions Society, Slocan River Streamkeepers Society and Slocan Lake Stewardship Society, working with the BC Wildlife Federation, the Columbia Basin Trust, Selkirk College, Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Committee, and the Regional District of Central Kootenay, to provide an integrated watershed approach to wetland understanding and management. We employ technical experts, train and utilize technicians and volunteers. The project area includes the full Slocan River watershed, from the Kootenay River at the south, to the watershed divide north of Summit Lake, including the villages of Slocan, New Denver, Winlaw and Silverton, and the numerous unincorporated communities in between such as Passmore, Slocan Park and Krestova. 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.