The Nechako River Basin (NRB) is undergoing significant changes. Alterations to the landscape through a range of resource extraction activities are occurring at time of rapid climate change. As a collaborative and qualitative research process, Theme 3 seeks to answer a guiding research question: how can the use of integrative tools and processes be optimized to increase understanding of the cumulative impacts of environment, community and health changes within the NRB, and inform and support intersectoral action and watershed governance?
The impacts of mountain pine beetle: one of a range of landscape scale changes occuring in the NRB (NRCAN)
Building on existing research and collaboration in the Nechako watershed and across Canada, we are developing a web-based, geospatial tool built on open source software designed in northern BC, and adapted to the Nechako context and users to inform land and water decision-making in the Nechako River Basin (NRB). The proposed portal builds upon web-based data management interfaces being used by other land use planning groups in BC (e.g., Tsilhqot'in National Government ). Our goal is to create a web-based tool that can provide a single point of access to information that is relevant to the NRB. This project will have the ability to surface otherwise hidden information about local natural, human and cultural resources. It will be able to archive, profile and share information relating to land/water use and health in innovative and novel ways (e.g., pictures and videos). In so doing, it will help create a focal point for discussions on watershed issues that will engage different communities and interest groups in the Nechako River Basin and beyond.
A section of Murray Creek before and after restoration work by NEWSS
Whitesail River (Cheslatta Carrier Nation)
The Cheslatta Carrier Nation have spent a considerable amount of time and expense in physically housing and organizing their archival material on one of their reserves. At present, they are very interested in developing a means by which to bring significant portions of their extensive collection of historical documents, photos and maps into the public domain. We have begun initial discussions with staff and band members to explore how the proposed portal may assist in this process.