January 5, 2004

Governments propose land purchase to protect Burns Bog

VICTORIA, BC-The provincial and federal governments, the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD), and the Corporation of Delta have submitted an offer of $78.7 million to acquire 5,426 acres within Burns Bog. The three levels of government are proposing to purchase the original 5,004 acres deemed necessary to protect the bog as outlined in the 2000 Environmental Assessment Office ecosystem review. The offer also includes an additional 422 acres, to enhance the protection of Burns Bog. If the offer is accepted, BC will contribute $28.6 million, the federal government, $28 million, GVRD, $14.2 million, and the Corporation of Delta, $7.9 million. Burns Bog is the largest raised peat bog on the west coast of North America. It is an excellent example of a self-sustaining ecosystem, containing an abundant diversity of wildlife and plants. More information is available from BC government representative Max Cleeveley, 250/356-0202; Bill Morrell of the GVRD, 604/451-6107; or Corporation of Delta representative George Harvie, 604/946-3212.
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