Alberta is a hub for wetlands in Canada and it is important to protect them. Provincial Head of Habitat Asset Management for Ducks Unlimited Canada Shel Graupe says they are working on protecting the lands so they can continue to benefit society but there is a fine line between economic development and natural capital.
“Approximately 60 per cent of Alberta’s wetlands have been lost or degraded in parts…Grande Prairie is what we call the boreal transition zone which is the zone between the developed area and the boreal or the bush which is north of Grande Prairie.”
He says there isn’t many invasive species affecting the wetlands in the Peace Country but there is potential for invasive species that could come over from the BC Peace. He says the best way to protect from the water-milfoil being transferred province to province is to wash your boat.
“Clean your boots to stop the spread of the seeds and spores from these invasive species which could eventually cause a lot of damage to the streams and wetlands.”
Graupe explains that a lot of the duck and waterfowl production across the country is done in the province of Alberta and it is important for the future to protect wetlands.