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WETLANDS AND RIPARIAN AREAS

In the dry Okanagan and Similkameen valleys, wetland and riparian areas are at a premium.  Approximately 85% of these habitats have been lost to channelization and agricultural and urban development.

I'm just one person. What can I do?

A lot!

 

The best way to protect a wetland or riparian area on your property or in your community is to establish a buffer or strip of native plants between the wetland and any nearby land use such as crops, pasture or other development.  A buffer will help to:

  • Control erosion and add to the stability of croplands

  • Trap snow, adding further moisture to your agricultural fields by releasing it slowly.

  • Protect adjacent areas from flooding by acting as a sponge

  • Trap sediments, pollutants and excess nutrients, reducing contamination of water sources.

  • Create a barrier for invasive plants such as puncturevine and knapweed which could otherwise reduce crop quantity and quality

  • Provide habitat for beneficial insects which can aid in pest control and pollination in agricultural settings

  • Contact Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship to learn more about the wetlands on your property and in your community.

RESOURCES
CARING FOR YOUR SHORELINE
CARING FOR YOUR WETLAND
FIELD GUIDE TO WETLAND AND RIPARIAN SPECIES AT RISK
THE GREAT BASIN SPADEFOOT
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