UAV Habitat Mapping to Inform Wild Salmon Stewardship

The UAV Habitat Mapping project aims to enhance capacity for monitoring and management of wild salmon habitat in First Nations through the integration of community mapping and geospatial technologies. This project will inventory baseline data, local fish habitat knowledge, and geospatial technologies available for undertaking long-term salmon habitat monitoring. This inventory will inform how we address opportunities for capacity building by providing targeted training in community asset mapping, UAV data collection and related ground surveys, and spatial analytics of fish habitat data. One key outcome of this project will be standardized methodologies and protocols for community-based watershed mapping and monitoring that incorporates Indigenous knowledge and could support the development of similar data collection projects throughout BC.

This project is being completed in partnership with the Okanagan Nation Alliance, Skeena Fisheries Commission and University of Victoria Map Shop.

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