Ducks Unlimited Canada: BC Spartina Working Group

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Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is the leader in wetland conservation. A registered charity, DUC partners with government, industry, other non-profit organizations and landowners to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl, wildlife and the environment. We are committed to conserving wetlands like Surrey’s Serpentine Wildlife Management Area that is nestled along the banks of the Serpentine River and forms the base of the Tynehead watershed. Wetlands are a tremendous source of environmental benefits to our community. Learn more at www.ducks.ca .

Spartina is an invasive, aquatic grass that rapidly converts tidal mudflats areas (like Boundary Bay) into elevated spartina meadows. This increases the risk of flooding and results in loss of migratory bird, fish and shellfish habitat. DUC leads B.C. efforts to eliminate spartina in partnership with Environment Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, BC Ministry of Environment, Metro Vancouver, City of Surrey, Corporation of Delta, Port Metro Vancouver, Community Mapping Network, Friends of Semiahmoo Bay, BC Ministry of Forest, Lands & Natural Resource Operations, Seagrass Conservation Working Group, Greater Vancouver Invasive Plant Council and the Coastal Invasive Plant Committee. In BC, spartina is in the early stages of infestation and we are in an enviable position to manage/eradicate the plant at a relatively low cost compared to the multi-million dollar programs in the US Pacific states. The BC Spartina Working Group has mapped infestations, manually removed plants, monitored effectiveness of removal efforts and undertaken public education and training, including development of the www.spartina.ca website.

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