December 17, 2015

Two pieces of new info:
1. Denman Island people have told the applicant they will deal with Spartina themselves without the use of herbicide,
2. Deadline for submissions is now January 7.
ENOUGH TIME FOR CONCERNED CITIZENS TO WRITE THEIR RESPONSE TO THIS IDIOTIC PROPOSAL to spray our beaches…

The application number {#138-0211-16/19} was not included in the original publications in local news papers, so had to be republisized with the number now included. This had extended the deadline date for CITIZEN COMMENTS to January 7, 2016. (does anyone really think they will listen to the public?)
On Denman Island there has been a manual Spartina removal program in place for years and is looking very promising with only new shoots that need hand plucking on a yearly basis. This is the response from a government rep so far on the issue:

“The manual/mechanical treatments of Spartina spp. on the shorelines of Denman and Hornby Islands have been effective in containing and reducing populations to date, due in large part to the concerted efforts of numerous local community members. Given this success, the selective application of the herbicide active ingredient imazapyr (Habitat) for the control of Spartina spp. on the shorelines of Denman and Hornby Islands, Sandy Island (aka Tree Island), and the nearby Seal Islets has been removed from the PUP application.
Thank you for taking the time to respond to this referral.”

A brilliant local environmental engineer says: “I have one question I wish to ask >>it would seem that people on the east coast of North America have no problem with their Spartina’s. What is different about us or our Spartina’s that we feel we need to get rid of it? And we have to ask why people on Hornby and Denman seem to be dealing with the plant, I guess on a volunteer basis, and the people in Comox or the lower mainland can’t?
Is volunteerism just too difficult to set up in those locations?