Upper Assiniboine River Conservation District Train the Trainer by akgame

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									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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