Transcript: Terrain & Water Resources | Mar 31, 1999

Wayne Beaton stands in a greenhouse. He’s in his twenties, clean-shaven with short blond hair. He’s wearing a pink shirt, gray trousers and a black patterned tie.

Wayne says HI, MY NAME'S
WAYNE BEATON.
I'M IN THE TERRAIN And WATER
TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM.

A caption appears on screen. It reads “Wayne Beaton. Terrain and Water Resources.”

Wayne continues I'M HERE BECAUSE
I'M INTERESTED
IN THE ENVIRONMENT
AND ECOLOGY.
WHEN I WAS IN HIGH
SCHOOL, I DIDN'T SEEM
TO WANT TO DO ANYTHING ELSE
BUT HAVE FUN AND PARTY.
I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT I
WANTED TO DO AFTER THAT.
SO, I TRAVELLED FOR
A NUMBER OF YEARS.
I DID ALL SORTS OF JOBS.
I'VE WORKED SELLING MAGAZINE
SUBSCRIPTIONS DOOR TO DOOR,
I'VE FARMED; I
DID EVERYTHING.
THEN ONE TIME I GOT A
JOB IN A PROVINCIAL PARK
AND I THOUGHT, I COULD
ACTUALLY WORK OUTSIDE
IN THE ENVIRONMENT,
AND I CAN HELP PEOPLE
IN THE ENVIRONMENT
DOING THIS.
AND I THOUGHT I CAN COME TO
SIR SANDFORD FLEMING COLLEGE.
AND I CAN TAKE FISHERIES
AND WILDLIFE BIOLOGY.
WELL, WHEN I GOT
HERE I QUICKLY REALIZED
IT WASN'T QUITE THE
AREA I WANTED TO BE IN.
I WANTED TO MAKE MORE OF A
DIFFERENCE IN THE ENVIRONMENT.
I WANTED TO BE INVOLVED
WITH RESTORATION
AND RESOURCES AND HOW WE
CAN WISELY USE THOSE.
ONE OF THESE WAS A
POND HERE ON CAMPUS.
WHAT WE TRIED TO DO
WAS RECONSTRUCT A POND
SO IT WOULD BE
BETTER FOR WILDLIFE,
JUST TO INCREASE THE AMOUNT OF
SPECIES WE COULD HAVE THERE,
AND SO THAT WE COULD
SEE A REAL DIFFERENCE
INSTEAD OF JUST HAVING
THIS BIG HOLE ON CAMPUS.
ONE OF THE THINGS
WE'VE DONE WITH THAT
IS WE'VE RECONSTRUCTED
ALL THE SHORELINES
AND CREATED WHAT WE
CALL A REPAIRIENT ZONE.
SO, WE'VE TAKEN
THESE STEM CUTTINGS;

The stem cuttings sit in plug flats.

Grabbing one of the cuttings, Wayne continues WE'VE PLANTED
THEM IN THE SOIL.
WE'VE COVERED THEM UP SO THAT NO
LIGHT CAN GET AT THEM.
THEY START TO ROOT IN
THESE LITTLE POTS,
AND AFTER THAT WE
TAKE THE COVER OFF,
WE ADD A LITTLE
BIT OF WATER,
WE LET THE LIGHT GET TO IT,
AND THEY START TO GROW.
AND THEY BECOME EXACT
CLONES OF THE PARENT TREE.
WHAT WE'RE GOING
TO USE THESE FOR
IS WE'RE GOING TO PLANT
THEM ALL AROUND THE POND
THAT WE'VE RECONSTRUCTED.
THIS CREATES WHAT WE
CALL A REPAIRIENT ZONE.
IT BENEFITS WILDLIFE
BY ADDING HABITAT.
THIS IS THE SORT
OF THING WE LEARN
HERE IN TERRAIN AND WATER,
AND IT'S PART OF WHAT WE CALL
LAND RECLAMATION, WHICH IS
BASICALLY RESTORING SITES
THAT HAVE BEEN ALTERED
FROM MINING OR FORESTRY
OR HAZARDOUS SPILLS OR EVEN
SOMETIMES WHEN THERE'S
AN INDUSTRY THAT'S CLOSED
DOWN AND THEY WANT TO CHANGE
IT TO A MORE NATURAL AREA;
MAYBE IT'S ON THE SIDE
OF A RIVER OR ON A LAKE.
A LOT OF PLACES
ON LAKE ONTARIO,
THEY'RE RESTORING
MARSHES AND WETLANDS,
BECAUSE WE NOW REALIZE HOW
IMPORTANT THEY REALLY ARE
IN THE NATURAL
ENVIRONMENT.

Growing plants sit on a large table.

Wayne continues IN FIVE WEEKS I'LL
BE GRADUATED FROM
THE TERRAIN and WATER PROGRAM,
AT WHICH TIME I'LL DO
A TWO-WEEK PLACEMENT
DOWN AT THE TORONTO REGENT
CONSERVATION AUTHORITY,
WHERE I'LL WORK WITH
DOING STREAM REHAB
AND WORKING WITH AQUATIC
SITES AS WELL AS WORKING WITH
ANOTHER SOLAR ECOLOGY WASTE
WATER TREATMENT SYSTEM.
AFTER THAT I'D LIKE TO GET
INVOLVED WITH LAND RESTORATION,
ECOSYSTEM MANAGEMENT AND
TRY TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC
AS TO HOW WE CAN
USE OUR RESOURCES
TO THE BEST OF
OUR ABILITIES
WITHOUT DESTROYING
THE ENVIRONMENT.

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