A conservation group in Delta has launched a petition to stop a company from building on the largest plot of undeveloped urban land on the West Coast.
MK Delta Lands is pitching a plan to develop 62 hectares of Burns Bog into an industrial park. In exchange, it’s offering the Corporation of Delta another 132 hectares to preserve.
But Aliza Olson with Burns Bog Conservation Society says organizers will do whatever they can to save the slice of the bog.
“Every time you take a piece of the bog, you’re decreasing its ability to survive.”
She says often people don’t realize the important role peat bogs play in fighting climate change.
“A piece of peat bog the size of a soccer field stores as much carbon as if you drove your car around the world three times.”
Olson says the loss of 60 hectares of bog is the equivalent of taking away 125 soccer fields of land that is actively helping reduce pollution.
“By keeping it protected it reduces the pollutants, and it also improves our air quality, and it also protects the largest salmonberry river in the world.”
She says the government needs to make it financially beneficial to encourage people to protect them.
In 2004, the vast majority of Burns Bog was transformed into a 2,000 hectare ecological conservancy area, after a negotiations between multiple levels of government to purchase and protect it.
MK Delta Lands was not available to comment.