Cariboo Forest Education Highlights
Gail Wallin & Maureen
LeBourdais ( Cariboo Forest Educators)
Tolko's Cariboo Woodland Group Creates Watershed Model for Salmon
Reprinted with permission from the Tolko Circular
The Horsefly River Salmon Festival occurs every four years to
celebrate the sockeye salmon run. As part of the festival's educational
component, Tolko's Cariboo Woodlands group, along with members
of the Public Advisory Committee, manned a small-scale watershed
model between September 12 and 16.
Woodlands employees created their display by
digging a small trench along the ground to replicate the Horsefly
River watershed. Alongside the trench in the upper section of
the watershed, they assembled mountains, streams, logging operations,
road and bridge construction, riparian protection, slope stability
issues and wildlife concerns. The lower section of the watershed
model dealt with recreational usage and farming concerns and
had a swamp area at the end to address wetland issues. A small
pump was used to fill the "Horsefly
River" with water.
Throughout the festival, students arrived in groups of 20 or more
and spent time in each section of the river. Over the course of
the week, over 1200 area students from grades one through twelve
were exposed to a range of land use decisions, including Forestry,
that impact the entire watershed.
Student and teacher response to the watershed model was positive
and, although Tolko couldn't compete with the Salmon Dissection
display, the Cariboo Woodlands group came in a strong second in
the eyes of the students!!
Students view the watershed model
Working hard in the construction stages
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