We have collaborated with the Valhalla Foundation for Ecology (VFE) to assist with restoration efforts at the Snk’Mip Marsh Sanctuary. The 17.4- hectare wetland located at the North end of Slocan lake was purchased by the Foundation in 2017. The area is a vital aquatic and riparian ecosystem because it is an important stop over for migrating birds, its home to many species at risk; it is carbon storage and is a place for recreation and beauty.
Plans to restore the portion of the property that was impacted by human disturbance (road building, mining, farming etc.) are well on its way! This fall, the CKISS and the VFE led a field trip at the wetland for students from the New Denver’s Lucerne School.
Student had a chance to assist with restoration efforts by putting on their gardening gloves and planting a variety of native shrubs, plants and trees at the newly built wetland. Students discussed the ecological and cultural value of the native species that they planted.
Following recommendation from Robin Annschild, a wetland restoration consultant the following native species were planted at the marsh by volunteers and CKISS staff:
- red-osier dogwood,
- black cottonwood,
- nootka rose,
- douglas maple and
- paper birch
Environment Canada’s Eco Action Community Funding Program and Columbia Basin Trust fund the restoration endeavor. CKISS staff and volunteers will revisit the site to continue with restoration activities and monitor the site for plant succession of the 250 plugs that were planted in 2019.