The City of Delta and Metro Vancouver have added 321 hectares of new land to the Burns Bog Ecological Conservancy Area.
This additional land includes the Delta Nature Reserve, which the Burns Bog Conservancy Area Management Plan has long identified as a key component of the bog lands. The nature reserve is the only publicly accessible part of Burns Bog and is also located along a proposed section for the Delta-South Surrey Regional Greenway.
The lands will be managed in accordance with the Burns Bog Operating Agreement. Starting November 1, Delta will be responsible for drainage management and fire protection, while Metro Vancouver will take on day-to-day operations and maintenance and overall management responsibilities.
Metro Vancouver will be exploring opportunities for public use of the area in 2021, as part of a management planning process. This process will involve working with the Burns Bog Conservation Society, which has helped protect the bog and has long provided programs to encourage the public to learn about and experience the bog.
The Burns Bog Ecological Conservancy Area is one of the world’s largest protected peat bogs, spanning over 2,000 hectares (5,000 acres). Burns Bog is globally unique because of its chemistry, form, flora and large size and is an important contributor to the ecology of the entire region.