Ducks Unlimited Canada
National Boreal Program
17504 111th Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
With funding and support from Alberta Innovates’ Water Innovation Program and the Alberta North American Waterfowl Management Plan Partnership, Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is leading the development of the Alberta Wetland Classification System Field Guide. This project will result in a free, online field guide available to the public beginning in April 2021. Hardcopies will also be available for purchase. From April to September 2021, DUC will offer information webinars and field demonstrations (pending COVID outcomes) to educate users on how to use the field guide.
Available Spring 2021
The Alberta Wetland Classification System (AWCS) was released by Alberta Environment and Parks in 2015. This manual pulls from pre-existing wetland classification systems and inventories to tailor the content to the province of Alberta, characterizing wetlands based on a suite of criteria including provincial flora and ranges of environmental, geological and climatic characteristics. A simple, plain-language wetland classification field guide based on the AWCS does not currently exist and would be of value to land managers and wetland practitioners tasked with conducting field inventories and making important decisions about wetlands.
|1: Project Launch and Stakeholder Engagement Sessions||Webinar, stakeholder survey & stakeholder engagement sessions||May - September 2019|
|2: Field Guide Development||Drafting content and reviewing with project partners/ key stakeholders||September 2019 - November 2020|
|Stakeholder review||December 2020 - January 2021|
|Finalization of field guide||February - March 2021|
|Website updated with access to final field guide||April 2021|
|3: Extension and Outreach||Online information webinars||April - June 2021|
|Field and classroom training sessions (*potential for online training based on COVID-19 restrictions)||July - September 2021|
Current project activity: reviewing, finalizing and putting the polishing touches on the guide to ready it for a Spring 2021 release.
From May to September 2019, stakeholder engagement activities including a public survey and in person/online engagement sessions were conducted to garner feedback from interested participants on the content and formatting of the field guide. We heard from over 80 participants through these activities with a diverse range of perspectives: wetland consultants, landowners, industry land managers, watershed councils, municipalities, government representatives, researchers, indigenous groups, etc.
We are so thankful for the time and effort everyone took to provide valuable and constructive feedback that will enable us to create a beneficial field guide for a wide variety of end users. Please click here to review our Stakeholder Consultation Report summarizing what we heard, what we learned and the next steps for this project.
As of February 8, 2021 we have all the images we need for the guide. We would like to thank all contributors and look forward to being able to share with you the finished product.
For more information about this project and how you can participate, please contact the project lead:
Wetland Stewardship Specialist
Ducks Unlimited Canada