Wetland Inventory, Classification and Mapping (WIM)
Ecoscape developed a new GIS-based application to carry out detailed wetland inventories, classifications, and evaluations. Using this new application, Ecoscape completed an extensive inventory, classification, evaluation and mapping project covering over 200 wetlands and associated low flood bench riparian sites within the municipal boundaries of the City of Kelowna. The primary objectives of this project were to identify, inventory, and map all wetlands and habitat features within the municipal limits of Kelowna for incorporation into existing development permit mapping. Jan Kirkby, M.Sc., R.P.Bio, of Environment Canada commented that Ecoscape should be "congratulated for creating a method that will be of value in other areas."
The methodology and development of a wetland specific database was specifically designed by Ecoscape to incorporate spatial and biological data with assessment of the functional condition of the various wetland types. This data collection and database design concept can be applied to any inventory project. This comprehensive wetland mapping allows a more integrated approach to local resource management and planning within the City of Kelowna.