April 12, 2004

Four governments act to acquire, preserve Burns Bog

VICTORIA, BC-A final deal to acquire and permanently preserve Burns Bog was concluded on March 24 by the governments of Canada and British Columbia, together with the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) and the Corporation of Delta. The $73-million purchase was made possible through contributions from four levels of government: British Columbia, $28.6 million; Canada, $28 million; GVRD, $10.4 million and Delta, $6 million. The acquisition covers approximately 5,045 acres, slightly more than the area deemed necessary to protect Burns Bog as determined by the Ecosystem Review conducted in 2000. The purchase includes extra land on the eastern edge of the bog, adding valuable greenbelt space to lands already owned by Delta. A tentative arrangement was announced late last year (ELW January 5, 2004). BC Premier Gordon Campbell, speaking on behalf of the government partners, said, "Today we protected over 5,000 acres - an area five times the size of Stanley Park...This is truly an investment in our future." GVRD chair Marvin Hunt added, "Thanks to the collaborative efforts of our local, provincial and federal partnership, we have, at long last, ensured the conservation of Burns Bog. GVRD looks forward to fulfilling its responsibility to manage Burns Bog to ensure its long term sustainability."
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