Ducks Unlimited Canada
National Boreal Program
17504 111th Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
March 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE - During this extraordinary time, we are cancelling all classroom and field-based training for safety reasons. In support of social distancing efforts, we are offering FREE access to Wetlands 101: An Introduction to Boreal Wetlands online course ($250 value) for a limited time*. Canada's boreal wetlands provide incredible value to the planet and we remain committed to our work in advancing wetland stewardship in the boreal forest. Please join us; register today! *This offer ends on June 30, 2020.
A convenient, self-study option for busy professionals across Canada. Learn about wetland types, characteristics, functions and values, learn to classify boreal wetlands and explore practical examples to apply this information in your work.
This training is an introductory online course on boreal wetlands. The online content will cover:
This training will include practical examples of how to apply the information presented, including an example of how to consider wetlands during the planning, design, and construction stages of industry activities to minimize potential impacts to wetlands. Understanding how to plan and operate in and around wetlands can increase worker safety, decrease long-term infrastructure maintenance, and help companies meet voluntary and regulatory requirements. The content covered in this course will help you gain a better understanding of boreal wetlands and help you understand how this knowledge can be applied to the work you do.
This training is designed for everyone who works in or around boreal wetlands from planners and decision-makers on the ground operators.
Wetlands 101 is organized into seven chapters, end-of-chapter quizzes and a final quiz. This training will take approximately three hours to complete.
This training is eligible for continuing education credits under the following professional associations and designations:
To determine whether this training qualifies for continuing education credits for your professional association or other organization/association, contact the association’s program administrator.
Feel free to contact us if you have further questions
We know wetlands. Reliable wetland information will help you increase your understanding of boreal wetlands and aid you to support decision-making when working in and around wetlands. If you are committed to sustainable wetland management in Canada’s boreal forest, our wetlands 101 training will give you the working knowledge necessary to implement the steps you require to make this happen.
Understanding boreal wetlands is the first step to conserving these complex, interconnected systems while supporting smart industrial and economic development.
As part of wetlands training, you will:
Learn to identify, classify, and understand the functions of boreal wetlands
Discuss potential challenges, impacts, and approaches to working in and around wetlands
Learn methods to avoid or minimize impacts to wetlands
Earn continuing education credits towards professional forestry designations
“Operationally, wetlands present a number of challenges. Being able to accurately identify the types of wetlands we are dealing with and how they behave can avoid a number of unwelcome situations, such as road-base saturation, culvert sinkage, and road rutting and ponding. Equipped with a better understanding of wetlands, we will, with greater confidence, be able to build infrastructure that is safe for workers and appropriate for the conditions, with minimal environmental impacts.”
– Bob Mason, Chief Forester, Millar Western
*Registrations for free access to Wetlands 101 (online) will be received until June 30, 2020. After registering, we will send you unique login details for your account. The course will remain available on your account until July 30, 2020.