Marshlands will be managed more efficiently with amendments to the Agricultural Marshland Conservation Act introduced today, Sept. 23. The act allows for the management of dykes and marshlands in the province for agriculture. The proposed amendments were identified by the marshland administrator. “While the changes to the marshlands act are primarily administrative, they do make sure the act is current and addresses our current needs for marshland management,” said John MacDonell, Minister of Agriculture. “Marshlands are an important part of agriculture and the province’s landscape.” Some of the changes include permitting marshland owners to form groups to collectively manage the marshland, and allowing for construction, repair and maintenance to protect, drain and improve marshlands. The province took over management of marshlands from the federal government in 1967.