How does this program differ from the other Fish Habitat Restoration courses?

The FHRC Program includes all NRTG Fish Habitat Restoration short courses and expands into new topics such as prescription development, Fish Ichthyology, and Stream Crossing Assessment and Restoration. These additional topics and courses provide students with a complete and comprehensive suite of skills and knowledge sets that qualify individuals to conduct and participate in a … Continued

What is the best or most appropriate footwear for fisheries field work?

Felt soles can offer stable footing in most types of stream substrates but may be poor choices when working in areas of extensive clay stream bottoms or snowy banks. Felt soles will provide poor traction on clay and snow will stick to and accumulate on felt-soled wading shoes. Wading shoes with cleats (aluminum or tungsten) … Continued

What is the best or most appropriate type of chestwaders?

First, always ensure your chestwaders do not leak! You can do this easily by holding a flashlight (or your phone) in your waders in a dark room. Beams of light coming out in small pinholes might indicate a small hole. Patch using Aqua seal or Shoe Goo.   Neoprene chestwaders are appropriate for spring, fall … Continued

Where can I purchase field gear?

You can purchase chestwaders from Canadian Tire, any flyfishing shop across Canada, Cabela’s, or industry suppliers such as Dynamic Aqua Supply (Surrey, BC), IRL Supplies (Prince George, BC), Winners Edge (Lillooet, BC), Surplus Herby’s (Williams Lake, Kamloops, Vernon BC), Forestry equipment suppliers across Canada, and other outdoor equipment outfitters.

What personal equipment is required for this course?

Course participants are required to provide chestwaders, waterproof field notebook, as well as optional equipment items: clinometer, Eslon or other 30m measuring tape, and meter stick (1.2m wooden doweling, marked in centimeters).

When are the individual program modules offered?

The individual course modules that comprise the FHRC Program are offered throughout the year. The online and field-based Fish Habitat Restoration – Field Techniques course is scheduled for community-based deliveries beginning in February in coastal regions and March in interior regions throughout North America. Please refer to our Schedule page for course timing and locations.