Quality Foods recognized for wetlands support

Ducks Unlimited bestows award on Island grocery retailer.

Quality Foods has a new shine in terms of being a community leader.

Ducks Unlimited Canada presented the grocery chain with a diamond life sponsor award for its continued support toward wetland conservation year after year.

In the Nanaimo and Qualicum area, Ducks Unlimited has conserved 15 wetlands and secured approximately 3,185 hectares of wildlife habitat with a total investment of more than $10 million to date.

“Ducks Unlimited Canada is pleased to have partnered with Quality Foods toward the goal of wetland conservation for eight consecutive years,” said Les Bogdan, the organization’s director of operations, B.C. and Boreal.

Despite growing concern and awareness, Canada’s wetlands continue to be destroyed across the country.

Agriculture, industry and urban development are some of the ongoing threats the wetlands face.

Nanaimo’s Buttertubs Marsh is one project that Ducks Unlimited has conserved through its partnerships.

The 18-hectare park is a popular spot for scenic walking trails, wildlife viewings and education on natural areas.

Support has also been given to privately-owned conservation projects such as Echo Valley Farms in Qualicum, that benefit farming operations, wintering waterfowl and the community’s watershed.

For more information, please go to www.ducks.ca.