Upper Assiniboine River Conservation District Train the Trainer CNG 02-04-14 Objective/Background: The Bovines and Shorelines workshops have been utilized in the past as an educational training event where Lorne Fitch and Barry Adams instruct on the aspects of riparian management as well as assist them in developing the facilitation techniques needed to promote the principles and practices of riparian management to others. Others may be consulted on an as needed basis. Rather than to continue to bring Fitch and Adams to Manitoba on an ongoing basis, it is best to develop the expertise within Manitoba rather than to rely on individuals outside the province. During the workshop participants will learn: • Awareness of riparian function • To identify and measure riparian health • Tools for managing riparian areas including • Grazing systems • Fencing • Remote watering systems • Livestock distribution • Season of Grazing • Length of Grazing During the workshop participants will also learn: • Community process for conflict resolution Design, Materials and Operation: The workshop will provide grazing specialists, conservation, and agriculture staff with the information needed to evaluate the quality of riparian habitat and range quality, as well as develop the knowledge needed to take this important message to livestock producers and landowners in the area. The ultimate goal of the workshop is to have participants leave with a greater understanding of riparian function and how grazing can be an important component of this system. After this workshop – individuals from Manitoba will be better equipped to take presentations to local groups demonstrating the importance of riparian management and conservation. Each of the industry representatives who attend the workshop will be instructed in a riparian health assessment model. This model will then help them assess their riparian management techniques. In addition, each workshop participant will be provided with a copy of The Green Zone, a publication which describes some basic riparian management techniques, as well as an instruction manual to assist with further riparian health assessments. However, the ultimate deliverable of the project will be industry representatives who have a greater understanding of riparian function, as well as ability to take this message to landowners and livestock producers with whom they work with on a daily basis. Results/Observations: Agencies comprised of members of the Riparian Health Council were asked to nominate participants to receive training in the area of riparian health assessment. Participants were as per the following: Manitoba Agriculture and Food 12 individuals Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration 3 individuals Ducks Unlimited Canada 2 individuals Fisheries and Oceans Canada 1 individual Critical Wildlife Habitat Program 1 individual Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation 4 individuals Intermountain Conservation District 1 individual Turtle Mountain Conservation District 1 individual Manitoba Cattle Producers Association 1 individual A copy of the agenda, three evaluations and participant list are attached Communication: A copy of the article which appeared in local weekly newspapers is attached. Type of Communication Target Audience Attendance/Circulation Activity Field Days Presentations at Meetings Workshop participants 30 Releases Producers 10,000 Newsletters Other (Please specify) Conclusions/Recommendations: Following the workshop on March 12, 2003 a facilitated discussion was held to determine what yet needs to be done prior to workshop delivery. Items requiring followup included: • Need a champion to lead process • Melanie Dubois-Claussen, Coordinator of the Riparian Health Initiative offered to coordinate workshop delivery. • Require photo library • It was suggested that participants contact their respective agencies to determine what photos are currently available. It was suggested that the Riparian Health website could be used as a photo library. • Regional action plan for workshop delivery • This item will be added to the next round of Riparian Health working group meetings for discussion at a regional level. • Website • Resource material to be compiled and maintained. • Manitoba Assessment Guide • Assessment guide development currently underway. Draft should be completed by March 31, 2003. • Participants strengths • A listing of participants strengths was gathered at the workshop. This list will be circulated to participants along with contact information. This will enable the grouping of individuals in similar geographical areas with complementary strengths. • Collaboration with groups such as MCPA and other partner agencies such as Conservation Districts • This is absolutely essential for the continued fostering of program delivery through the Riparian Health Initiative. • Consistent message • The major points will be circulated to participants and agreed upon. This will ensure the message is consistent despite the fact that presentation styles may differ somewhat. • Extension material • It was agreed that in the interim, material already developed in Alberta will be utilized. It was suggested that Manitoba contact info be added to this material. However, the intent is to develop made in Manitoba material over time. • Pasture planning information • Producer-friendly information including economic component • Dollars for program delivery • It was suggested that funds be requested from programs/agencies such as: • Manitoba Model Forest • Agricultural Policy Framework – Green Cover Program • Fisheries Enhancement Initiative • Riparian Tax Credit Program (if funds not fully allocated) • Climate Change Initiatives • Sustainable Development Innovations Fund • Manitoba Conservation • Manitoba Water Services Board • Conservation Districts • Private industry/industry groups • Wildlife Federations • Urban communities Barriers identified included: • Jurisdictional boundaries differ amongst participants • Time constraints as no one dedicated full time to riparian issues • Possible message conflicts amongst agencies • No invitations yet received for program delivery • Individual strengths of participants not known • Quality of presentations may not be similar to Cows and Fish Program • Dollars for workshop delivery • Consistency in workshop message These barriers were largely addressed in the Next Steps section. Future Activities Riparian management was one of the areas identified during the environmental programming consultation recently held in Brandon on March 3, 2003. This runs parallel to the recently announced Lake Winnipeg Action Plan. Proper riparian management will begin to address water quality issues throughout the province. A direct delivery project through Covering New Ground through the Southwest Region (RDT) has been submitted to deliver the hands-on/practical riparian health assessment training in June 2003. Covering New Ground through the Southwest Region (RDT) has recommended that dollars be made available for the delivery of 5 workshops within the region during the 2003-04 fiscal year. Further program delivery dollars are required in order to deliver this program in Manitoba.
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