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General News · 26th March 2015
Ken Hanuse
We are looking for your help to ensure the survival of Vancouver Island Beggarticks (Bidens amplissima), a plant species at risk.

The proposed “Management Plan for the Vancouver Island Beggarticks in Canada” was included on the Species at Risk Public Registry for a 60-day public comment period on March 12th, 2015 and is available for public comment until May 11th, 2015.

Vancouver Island Beggarticks is an annual plant that blooms with bright yellow daisy-like flowers in August through September. This sun-loving plant is often bushy with multiple branches and stems and can grow up to 50 - 100 cm tall (19.7” to 39.4”). It can be found in the narrow edges of wetlands, estuaries, ditches and field depressions where water levels fluctuate. Threats to this plant include competition from invasive plants (e.g., reed canary grass and purple loosestrife), mowing, alteration of water flow and water levels, infilling of wetlands by development, and natural succession. The management goals for the species are: (1) To maintain or increase the distribution and abundance of all extant populations in B.C., including any new populations that may be identified, and (2) To re-introduce and restore populations where feasible within the species range in B.C.

You may view or download a copy of the proposed Vancouver Island Beggarticks Management Plan at the Species at Risk Public Registry website:
http://www.sararegistry.gc.ca/document/default_e.cfm?documentID=2726

During the 60-day public comment period, you may submit your comments directly through the Species at Risk Public Registry website. Following this period, all comments will be considered and addressed as appropriate, and a finalized document will be posted on the Public Registry.

If you have questions about the proposed Management Plan or would like to discuss it in more detail, please contact our Species at Risk Coordinator, Undiné Thompson, at SAR.pyrec.gc.ca.

We would also like to ask for your assistance with notifying others in your community that the proposed Management Plan for the Vancouver Island Beggarticks is available for comment. We would greatly appreciate it if you could post an announcement on your website and/or provide notification through other communication tools you may use. Please feel free to use the notice provided at the end of this message.

Thank you for your interest and efforts towards the conservation of the Vancouver Island Beggarticks