Wetlands are lands that are seasonally or permanently saturated by water with the
water table at or near the surface, comprised of water-loving plants including
various species of grasses, shrubs, and trees.
- spawning grounds
- shelter; and
- other natural services
For iconic Canadian species such as the beaver, the loon, and the moose!
Due to their ability to store and slowly release water, they are extremely important
and unique ecosystems, which are home to over 600 species of flora and fauna
Unfortunately, wetlands degradation and destruction is occurring more rapidly than any other ecosystem due to urban development.
Wetlands are being destroyed due to drainage, farming, housing, roads construction, and other development. Due to increased flood & drought damage and shoreline erosion, wildlife populations are also declining.
Fortunately, an ambitious group of Trent University students in the Community-Based Resource Management course (ERSC 3160H) are conducting a Wetlands research project to help solve this problem in Haliburtion!
It is great to see students at Trent University making a real-world difference in communities – even outside of Peterborough!
Tamara Micaela Balmaceda, a student in the group, is an Andean indigenous student from Mendoza, Argentina . She is finishing her Bachelor of Environmental Science/Studies at Trent University with an emphasis in Law and Policy.
The goal of her group’s research project was to try and address the issues pertaining to wetland management on private properties in Haliburton. They developed an information booklet and a guide to the management of wetlands for homeowners in the Haliburton County area.
Tamara decided to conduct this research because wetlands on private properties have the ability to thrive if they are properly taken care of! Having a wetland on your property could not only enhance property value but also enhance the natural landscape.
She hopes to encourage homeowners to keep their wetlands protected.
The students decided to educate community residents about the wetlands through an online brochure and poster (in collaboration with, Haliburton Highlands Trust Fund, U-Links and the Trent School of the Environment).
Their brochure & poster helps educate community homeowners and cottagers about the important types of wetlands in their areas and the best ways to protect them.
The group is providing general information about wetlands but also:
1. How to tell if the wetland on your property is healthy
2. How to take the appropriate measures to return the wetland to its natural state
3. How to minimize human impacts on wetlands
The brochure discusses how wetlands provide flood mitigation, water quality, shoreline and storm water protection, productive habitat and recreational activities for many people.
Because increased precipitation is likely to occur due to climate change, wetlands are more and more important to protect.
It is great to see these students raise awareness about our wetlands that face threats from development and human disturbances.
Thank you Tamara for submitting your research and keep up all the great work you do!