Ducks Unlimited Canada and the Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association announce partnership on World Peatlands Day – QNT Press Release

A new five-year memorandum of understanding supports advancement of best practices, responsible resource management, health, and function of Canadian boreal peatlands

MIRAMICHI, NB, June 2, 2022 /CNW/ – Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) and the Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association (CSPMA) signed a five-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) yesterday, which will see the two organizations continue their work to develop innovative, sustainable, and ethical peatland and wetland management practices.

Peatlands are geological areas with high amounts of partially decayed organic matter in wet conditions. In Canada they cover around 13 per cent of the country’s surface area, offering many environmental benefits from hosting high levels of biodiversity including many species of waterfowl, to filtering pollutants, and functioning as an extremely efficient natural carbon sink.

Peat harvested in Canada is used in horticulture, primarily as an important ingredient in growing media that contributes to food security and well-being. Although the footprint of the horticultural peat industry is small (less than 0.03 per cent of Canadian peatlands), DUC and the CSPMA acknowledge the importance of establishing best practices for peat harvesting and peatland restoration to ensure that this sensitive and valuable resource is …

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