Doing good for nature: eight nature conservation activities

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This summer, we have organized eight nature conservation activities with more than 300 participants within the initiative “Let’s do it for nature!”, which is being implemented by the Nature Conservation Agency together with Pasaules Dabas Fonds. In addition to field activities, LIFE IP LatViaNature experts gave educational lectures on specific habitats.

  1. The LIFE-IP LatViaNature and LIFE GoodWater IP projects organized a weeding of the invasive Himalayan Balsam Impatiens glandulifera event in Nature Reserve “Raunas Staburags” as part of LIFE’s 30th anniversary.
  2. Weeding of the invasive Japanese rose Rosa rugosa in Ķemeri National Park
  3. Removal of the Tatarian lettuce Lactuca tatarica took place at coastal dune habitats near Kalngale beach in Nature Park “Piejūra” Invazīvo sugu talka Krustkalnu dabas rezervātā
  4. Weeding of the invasive small balsam Impatiens parviflora and lupines Lupinus was performed in Nature Reserve “Krustkalni”
  5. Project experts demonstrated practical methods of eradicating the Canadian goldenrod Solidago canadensis and ash-leaved maple Acer negundo in the former community gardens of Kuldīga City.
  6. Restoration of marsh habitats in volunteer clean-ups has already become a tradition in the marsh near Lake Kaņieris. During the clean-up, the mowed grass was gathered by participants of the Young Rangers’ camp of Latvia.
  7. At the institutional meeting of the Nature Conservation Agency, each participant drew one of four types of good works in nature conservation (mowing hay, marking trees in a bog, changing fences in Dunduri Meadows, or fighting the invasive Japanese rose in dunes).

8. Restoration of stream velocity in the River Narūta at the border of Rāzna National Park was truly ambitious. Over 40 volunteers from the NCA Regional Administration of Latgale, the 35th Infantry Battalion of the National Guard, the Municipality of Krāslava County, Dagda Tourism Centre, the State Forest Service Krāslava forestry, Latgale Regional Administration of the State Environmental Service, as well as Pasaules Dabas Fonds and LIFE-IP LatViaNature project joined forces together. More than a kilometre long stretch of the fast-flowing river was cleared from sediments, fallen trees and beaver dams.


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