Boreal Wetland Centre
The Boreal Wetland Centre was developed in 2009 as a collaborative effort between industry and government as a location to showcase and develop innovative resource solutions and inspire others to implement innovative resources technologies and best practices (e.g., innovative pipeline strategies, innovative water crossings). It is now under the management of Ducks Unlimited Canada since 2021.
Why A Boreal Wetland Centre?
Outdoor, hands-on demonstration centres are important for providing on-the-ground examples of innovative industry solutions. They demonstrate avoidance and minimization practices, test out new ideas, and educate visitors about critical habitat and environmental stewardship. The Boreal Wetland Centre is a unique site in the boreal biome of Canada, providing a central location that facilitates opportunities for knowledge exchange among diverse user groups including Indigenous rights holders, industry, research academia, education groups, and the public-at-large.
Boreal wetlands are important areas for biodiversity and ecosystem services. From water filtration to carbon storage, to providing important plant and wildlife habitat, wetlands are vital features in the boreal forest and connect boreal habitat into a network of boreal ecosystem services.
In addition, northern Alberta is a hub for resource development and is an area rich in diverse wetlands. These wetlands present opportunities and challenges to industry, governments, Indigenous communities, and other groups working in and near boreal wetlands. The Boreal Wetland Centre provides a physical location for these groups to share information, discuss challenges, and work together to develop solutions.
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