As the beautiful annotated map of Boundary Bay map illustrates, the value of an area like Boundary Bay goes well beyond its use as a port and a place for people to live. It’s an important stopover and habitat for numerous birds. It also offers places for many other plants and animals to live.
Its fields, forests, bogs, and marshes are also part of a network of green spaces that provides many natural benefits to the people of the Lower Mainland and beyond. According to a 2010 report (Natural Capital Review of BC ‘s Lower Mainland) produced by the David Suzuki Foundation, commissioned by the Pacific Parklands Foundation and supported by the Real Estate Foundations of BC and Metro Vancouver, services provided by all of the Lower Mainland’s green spaces and wetlands – such as filtering air and water, combating climate change by absorbing and storing carbon dioxide, and protecting us from storms and floods – are worth about $5.4 billion a year, or about $2,462 per person. We can’t afford to squander these benefits. That’s why it’s crucial for everyone to join in protecting the natural health of Boundary Bay and the Fraser River Delta.
It is hoped that copies of the annotated map created by Briony Penn will be available for sale at a later date. Details are currently being finalized and all proceeds from the sale of the map would be used to enhance the ecology of Boundary Bay. For more information, email Denise Coutts, Executive Director, Pacific Parklands Foundation, or watch our website for further updates.