Join Neil Fletcher with the BC Wildlife Federation for the second webinar in the KCP Winter Webinar Series where he will discuss Wetland Restoration in the Kootenays.
Wetlands are a critical component of ecosystem conservation for a number of reasons including supporting a variety of species at risk, holding and filtering water, recharging groundwater, and storing carbon. In the Kootenays, many wetlands have been lost due to dam impoundment and land development. This webinar will discuss the importance of wetland restoration, results from a BCWF-led monitoring study of past restoration projects, recent BCWF-led restoration projects in the Kootenays, and ways to get involved in the conservation movement.
Neil Fletcher is the Wetlands Education Program Manager for BC Wildlife Federation (BCWF). He has a broad range of experience regarding resource management, previously working for a watershed authority in Ontario, the Canadian Forest Service, and BC Hydro. Over the last nine years, with BCWF, he has focused most of his efforts on wetland related issues within BC and since this time has delivered over 100 workshops or events to broad range of participants – many of these have involved hands-on restoration. He is the Chair of Wetlands Stewardship Partnership of BC, a multi-agency partnership that focuses on provincial priorities and that is currently working on standardizing a provincial wetland inventory with the Province. Neil also participates in a number of other steering and technical advisory committees supporting initiatives such as the Okanagan Wetlands Strategy, Aquatic Invasive Species of BC, and the National Wetlands Round Table. In 2016, he was named “Canadian Outdoorsman of the Year” by the Canadian Wildlife Federation, in part for the conservation and stewardship work he has accomplished in the Columbia Basin.