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MABR Newsletter | December 2016
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Thanks for reading the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region newsletter, a quick and easy way to learn about recent developments, initiatives, research, and events.
NEWS
MEET THE ROUNDTABLE'S NEW COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVES!
We are honoured to welcome Madeleine Dwyer and Ceri Peacey as the newly appointed Community Representatives for the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region's governing Roundtable. They will join their inaugural meeting in February of 2017 and serve respectively for a one- and two-year term. Here’s a brief introduction to Madeleine and Ceri:

Madeleine Dwyer graduated from Vancouver Island University in 2015 with a BA in First Nations Studies and  is now a student-teacher in VIU's Post-Bac Education Degree. While currently living in Nanaimo to pursue her studies, Madeleine has been a long-time resident of Qualicum Beach and is deeply connected to  the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region and Oceanside community. Her passions and work over the past few years have included environmental education and youth engagement with a focus on food security, as well as yoga and healthy living. She looks forward to bringing her enthusiasm for environmental stewardship and health into her education career. 

Ceri Peacey has resided within the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region in the community of Hilliers for almost 20 years. She lives in awe of wetlands and of their value to both humans and wildlife. Currently, Ceri is a director with the Friends of French Creek Conservation Society and has been chair of the Hamilton Marsh Committee for the past 10 years. In 2016, Ceri was the recipient of the Ducks Unlimited Canada Wetland Conservation Award for leadership in promoting wetland values. Ceri is the owner of Oceanside Celebrant Services. When she's not out conserving wetlands, Ceri is busy writing and officiating  marriages, memorials, and milestones.

7 OF THE 10 AMAZING PLACES HAVE NOW BEEN UNVEILED!
The Amazing Places project is a Canadian UNESCO biosphere reserve initiative brought to BC through a collaboration between Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism and the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region. The project connects people with nature and educates residents and visitors about the ecological significance of well-loved outdoor spaces.

Each Amazing Place in the MABR will receive interpretive signage, online promotion, and high quality photo and video coverage. Educational materials will be designed to encourage tourists, residents, and youth to engage with these spaces. 

All 10 Amazing Places were nominated by the public and are now being unveiled on a weekly basis through Facebook, on mabr.ca, and in printed copies of the PQB News. A special thanks to the Parksville Qualicum Beach (PQB) News for their support in announcing the Amazing Places, 7 of which have now been unveiled:
  1. Top Bridge
  2. Heritage Forest, Qualicum Beach
  3. MacMillan Provincial Park (Cathedral Grove)
  4. Parksville Community Park
  5. Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park
  6. Milner Gardens & Woodland
  7. Englishman River Falls Provincial Park
  8. To be announced on Tuesday, December 20
  9. To be announced on Tuesday, December 27
  10. To be announced on Tuesday, January 3
Learn about these Amazing Places here
The MABR's involvement in this pan-Canadian project is recognized through the national Amazing Places website: biospherecanada.ca/amazingplaces.
What's next?
  • Launch of a promo video about the 10 Amazing Places in January 2017
  • Interpretive signs to be installed between January and March 2017
  • Community launch and distribution of maps and educational materials
  • Promotion of all Amazing Places in the short and long term
Find out more: mabr.ca/amazingplaces | #AmazingPlacesMABR
HOLIDAY FUN IN THE MOUNT ARROWSMITH BIOSPHERE REGION
This is a great time of year to connect with loved ones and to explore the region. Many family-friendly activities are being organized, providing a great way to broaden our sense of community connectedness. Here are a few holiday events to consider in upcoming weeks:
Happy holidays and best wishes for the new year from all of us at the MABR!
UPDATE ON RESEARCH AT MABRRI
Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute
WETLAND MAPPING: A PROJECT WITH THE RDN
To date, MABRRI student researchers have mapped a total of eleven wetlands across four Water Regions in the Regional District of Nanaimo: Little Qualicum, Englishman River, French Creek, and Lantzville to South Wellington. (See a map of all of the water regions here.) During the fall of 2016, MABRRI student researchers focussed on wetland mapping in the Little Qualicum Water Region.

"There are 7 major basins in the region, which are comprised of several watersheds and sub-watersheds. These 7 areas are referred to as Water Regions for planning purposes" (RDN website).
MABRRI's Wetland Mapping project is in partnership with the Regional District of Nanaimo. The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) on this project includes Julie Pisani, Coordinator of the RDN's Drinking Water & Watershed Protection Program, Faye Smith and Bernd Keller of the Mid-Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society (MVIHES), and VIU Geography Professor Alan Gilchrist.

In the spring of 2017, MABRRI student researchers will finalize mapping in the Little Qualicum, Englishman River, and French Creek Water Regions. 
ARE YOU A CITIZEN SCIENTIST? PLEASE TAKE THIS SURVEY!
The MABR's Amazing Places Coordinator, Michelle Harnett, is in her second year of a Master's in Sustainable Leisure Management at Vancouver Island University.
 
Michelle's graduate thesis aims to gain an understanding of the impacts of involvement in citizen science projects. She's created a 5-10 minute survey and is hoping you can help her by completing it or sharing it with citizen scientists in your network. A small act of giving?
Click here to take Michelle's survey
Your participation is completely voluntary and no identifying information will be collected, so your anonymity and confidentiality are guaranteed. Thank you!
PUBLIC INPUT INVITED ON ARROWSMITH TIMBER SUPPLY AREA
"Comments are being accepted until Jan. 16, 2017, on a discussion paper released today as part of a comprehensive timber supply review for the Arrowsmith Timber Supply Area.

"Public feedback on the discussion paper will be considered by the chief forester before setting the new allowable annual cut. The discussion paper provides the results of the timber supply analysis, including a base-case harvest forecast. It also describes the geography, natural resources and current forest management practices in the Arrowsmith Timber Supply Area."

Read the full article here from the BC Government website.

To download a copy of the discussion paper, visit the following Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations forest analysis and inventory branch webpage.

GRANT APPLICATIONS LED BY STUDENT RESEARCHERS
Throughout the fall semester, student researchers worked with MABRRI Research Coordinator Graham Sakaki and Research Director Dr. Pamela Shaw to master the art of grant writing. With the help of senior team members, student researchers have begun applying for funding to ensure a successful research year in 2017. 
Donate to MABRRI
100% of proceeds from donations support undergraduate and graduate student employment opportunities at MABRRI. Donations over $20 CAD are eligible for an official tax receipt. 
Find regular updates about MABRRI's projects on the research institute's website.
Thanks for reading! Our next newsletter comes out in February 2017.
 
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