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The David Suzuki Foundation (DSF) congratulates the Corporation of Delta for securing yesterday 1,000 acres to be added to the Burns Bog Ecological Conservancy Area.

"This is great news for wetlands conservation and a model we hope other Lower Mainland municipalities will follow," says Michelle Molnar, an Environmental Economist with the David Suzuki Foundation.

"Our natural capital research has shown how incredibly valuable wetlands like Burns Bog are in sequestering carbon, treating waste, preventing flooding and stabilizing the climate," Molnar says. "This additional land being added to Burns Bog, which includes wetlands, forests, riparian buffer, lakes and rivers, is valued at between about $1.7 million and $40 million."

"We're encouraged that local and regional governments, along with conservation societies, are leading the way in demonstrating that it's not only possible to conserve these valuable ecosystems through concerted planning efforts, but to grow them."

The Burns Bog Ecological Conservancy Area will expand from 2,023 ha (5,000 acres) to 2,428 ha (6,000 acres) by adding eight parcels of land. Delta Council asked staff in 2005 and 2010 to identify Delta-owned parcels of land that have ecological attributes to include in the conservancy.

The bog was purchased in 2004 by four levels of government and is protected by Delta and Metro Vancouver. Council also approved the transfer of 50 per cent ownership of the Delta Nature Reserve and some Burns Bog parcels to Metro Vancouver.

The David Suzuki Foundation is working with government and community partners on efforts to restore and conserve aquatic ecosystems in the Lower Mainland.

DSF's Nearshore Natural Capital Valuation report estimates that the Lower Mainland's marine ecosystems provide between $30 billion and $60 billion in economic value to residents every year.

For more information:

Theresa Beer, David Suzuki Foundation, Communications 778-874-3396

January 10, 2013