Stewards in Action: Radies Wetland Construction

In September, Wayne and Wendie Radies became OSS Wildlife Habitat Stewards and constructed a weltand on their Vernon property.

Originally, there was some water drainage, however, the area did not hold water.

After obtaining the necessary permits through the Water Act, we began construction under the instruction of renowned wetland restoration expert, Tom Biebighauser.

A group of wetland institute participants used this project as a learning experience.  The first step was to dig a test hole.

We used the clay in the soil to construct a compacted clay liner which would work as a seal to keep water above the surface.

Compaction of the clay liner ensured that there would be no seepage through the liner.

Once the liner was complete, we spread topsoil over the area to allow plants to become established.

Wetland Institute participants assisted with planting over 700 native plants and nearly 30 lbs of grass seed.

Watering of restoration plantings is critical in survival of plants.  Landowners Wayne and Wendie Radies installed irrigation to ensure adeqate watering of the restoration area.

The area has greened up quickly and local wildlife are already taking advantage of surface water and seed applied!  In addition to creating wetland habitat for waterfowl, it is our hope that this becomes a refuge for Great Basin Spadefoot.

Many thanks to all the partners in this project.  Excavation, native plants, planning and construction of this pond were made possible through funding from Wildlife Habitat Canada, Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, National Wetland Conservation Fund and Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk. Partner organizations included Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program and the Wetland Institute.  

This project would not have been possible without the dedication of private landowners 
Wayne and Wendie Radies!