Local Cadets Help Remove Willow at Rithet's Bog

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Saanich, B.C., September 22, 2003ó Cadets will be out in force on Saturday, September 27th, helping remove willow debris from Rithet's Bog. The removal of the debris is important, as it will prevent regrowth of willow trees and maintain the areas of open water in the wetland surrounding the bog, providing important habitat for waterfowl and wildlife. The improvements build on the work completed in 2002 that was funded by Ducks Unlimited Canada, the District of Saanich, BC Hydro and the Habitat Conservation Trust Fund.

The Victoria based Cadets assisting in the willow removal are: 2136 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps, Canadian Scottish Regiment, Bay Street Armoury 3005, 11th Service Battalion Cadet Corps, Lt. Gen. E.C. Ashton Armoury and 2289 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps, 5th (BC) Field Artillery.

The restoration and management of Rithetís Bog is a conservation partnership among the Corporation of the District of Saanich, Rithetís Bog Conservation Society, the Habitat Conservation Trust Fund, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and Ducks Unlimited Canada.

Rithetís Bog supports a rare forested bog community and provides a wide range of habitat for a number of rare plants and animals. People benefit from this quiet, green haven in the midst of a developed area. Thousands from all over Victoria walk the bog trail to enjoy the wildlife and reconnect with nature. Rithetís Bog is an asset to the entire community.