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DUC’s best management practices (BMP) program was developed in response to industry’s growing interest in conserving wetlands and the ecosystem services they provide. It is an important component of DUC’s sustainable land use approach. It supports boreal conservation efforts by sharing knowledge and promoting practices that reduce potential impacts of industrial activity on wetlands, waterfowl and waterfowl habitat.

DUC defines best management practices as “a range of industrial planning and operating practices that help industry reduce potential environmental impacts to wetlands and waterfowl habitat and are both economically and technically feasible”.

To help meet DUC’s conservation goals, and to provide solutions to our partners’ conservation goals, the program:

  • works with industry, government and academia to identify the need, and promote the use of best management practices;
  • acts as a neutral broker and a conduit for information exchange; and
  • provides industry access to practices recognized by a respected conservation organization.

We are involved in a wide range of activities including information sharing, developing guides and handbooks, attending conferences to present information, engaging with the forest industry and helping land managers plan for resource roads in wetlands. We look for opportunities to collaborate with industry, governments and other stakeholders.


Alberta Wetland Field Guide

Translating the Alberta Wetland Classification System into a plain-language field resource for land managers and wetland practitioners. Available for download or purchase.

Learn more about the Alberta Wetland Field Guide

Wetland Knowledge Exchange

The Wetland Knowledge Exchange is the official newsletter, webinar series, and social media account of the Canadian Conservation and Land Management Wetland Knowledge Portal (WKP).  The Wetland Knowledge Exchange aims to increase information sharing and foster collaboration amongst diverse stakeholders interested in wetland management, conservation and reclamation. 

Learn more about the Knowledge Exchange

Wetlands Training

Sharing wetlands knowledge and BMPs is one of our top priorities. Over the last several years, DUC’s national boreal program has delivered in-person wetlands training to industry partners. To make boreal wetlands training more widely available, we have developed a new, online wetlands training that can accompany training in the field.

Learn more about our wetland trainings

Wetland Centre at Evergreen Park

The Evergreen Learning and Innovation Society and DUC are collaborating to establish a Wetland Centre at Evergreen Park, in the County of Grande Prairie, Alberta. The Wetland Centre will be the first wetlands focused, on-the-ground demonstration, training, and research site for practitioners in western Canada.

Learn more about the Wetland Centre

Reports and Guides

DUC’s Best Management Practices Program works with industry and government to develop guides and handbooks that support decision-making when working in and around boreal wetlands. With input from partners, we continue to develop user-friendly guides that provide solutions to commonly faced problems, like wetland classification, wetland road construction and incidental take.

Publicly available reports, guides and handbooks can be found here (link to Publications):

Contact the Best Management Practices team to learn more about our reports and guides.

Working with the Forest Industry

DUC’s Best Management Practices Program works with the forest industry through partnerships, knowledge extension by developing guides and handbooks  and providing input into forest management planning, guidelines and certification. DUC’s extensive knowledge and experience on wetlands and waterfowl can help forestry partners meet their regulatory and certification requirements as they relate to wetlands, such as wetland and other natural resource policies, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Canadian Standards Association and Forest Stewardship Council, and waterfowl, such as the Migratory Bird Convention Act, 1994. Considering wetlands in forest management planning and operations can also help save on the operational and maintenance costs of roads, promote safety and support productive and resilient forest ecosystems.

DUC has engaged in a number of collaborative projects with Canada’s forest industry including:

Contact the Best Management Practices team to learn more about our work with the forest sector.

Resource Roads and Wetlands

Building and maintaining resource roads is a common activity across many industries operating in Canada’s boreal forest.

Because of the high density of wetlands in the boreal, it’s not always possible to avoid all wetlands when building roads. However, considering wetland type and how water moves through these wetlands when planning, designing and building resource roads can help reduce some of the challenges linked to this activity. These include flooding, rutting and compaction, bent culverts, erosion and sedimentation, resulting in increased maintenance costs and environmental and safety concerns.

DUC works with industry groups to learn more about how to design resource roads and to communicate this knowledge to planners and operators.

Contact the Best Management Practices team to learn more about resource roads and wetlands.