Burns Bog

Burns Bog is the largest domed peat bog on the west coast of North America, covering approximately 3,000 hectares of the Fraser River delta between the south arm of the Fraser River and Boundary Bay. Burns Bog is almost five times the size of Stanley Park.

Bogs are peat-accumulating wetlands that support unique plant communities able to thrive in waterlogged, acid and nutrient-poor conditions. They are largely raised above the influence of groundwater by the accumulation of peat. Over thousands of years, sphagnum mosses, leaves and roots accumulate faster than they can be decomposed, and peat forms.

Burns Bog is globally unique on the basis of its chemistry, form, flora and large size. Forty per cent of the original bog area has been lost by development and more than half the remaining bog has been disturbed by human activities. As well, the Bog is now isolated from adjacent natural ecosystems by urban, industrial and agricultural development.

Ecological Value

Habitat loss is the greatest threat to the conservation of wild species. Human population growth in the Georgia Basin has already resulted in a dramatic loss of habitat of a variety of species. The conservation of this area is important to the quality of life of species here in Canada, including our own.

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