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Jan Wheeler

AFC Conservation Artist of the Month for April, 2015

Jan Wheeler has been involved with the conservation and remediation of wildlife and habitat for a number of decades. Living up to the mantra "Think globally, act locally" she and her husband have remediated two properties. Their current farm in Ontario boasts a 40 acre section with a tributary of the Coldwater River running through it. It had been overgrazed for many years, suffering habitat loss and bank erosion. 

Over the past 15 years they've partnered with two local conservation groups, the Severn Sound Remediation Authority and the Nottawasaga Conservation Authority to plant approximately 18,000 trees of a wide variety. The partnership with the Severn Sound group led to several Landowner Stewardship Awards. 

Jan reminisces, “One spring we hosted the Scouts Canada Jamboree Day where hundreds of Scouts from across the province came to plant trees, engage with a biologist and learn the importance of conserving habitat. An unexpected thunderstorm added some drama but even so it was a remarkable day”. The land now has a rich diversity of wildlife, including deer, bear, fisher, beaver, ducks, herons, trout, finches to name but a few. We continue to steward the land while watching it transform into a healthy habitat." 

According to Michelle Hudolin, a Wetlands & Habitat Biologist with the Severn Sound Environmental Association "I really enjoy working with landowners like the Wheelers who demonstrate a strong land stewardship ethic… Planting trees helps to foster and strengthen a commitment to the environment while benefiting stream and ecosystem health." 

Jan adds her voice to global initiatives through her membership with Avaaz, an international group that effects political and environmental change worldwide. "As part of the group we've played a role in stopping pesticides in Europe that harm bees, saved fin whales from slaughter and much more." 

Several years ago she was honoured to have her artwork included in the Friends of Killarney educational program. Killarney is a park in Ontario, Canada on Lake Huron This program is an important part of engaging new generations in the importance of Killarney's existence and legacy. "I believe that what we do to protect our wilderness areas matters and even small steps can in time add up to big results." 

Jan is an established Canadian oil painter, whose work interprets movement and the natural flow of energy in breathtaking moments that cannot be captured by the naked eye. The content of her work is tightly entwined with her love for the Canadian water and wilderness areas; she is an experienced backpacker and canoeist and has gained access to her locations using these means. 

Jan Wheeler’s work has exhibited in Japan, the US, Saudi Arabia and across Canada and is collected worldwide.

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