As President of the Burns Bog Conservation Foundation, it is a pleasure to tell the story of Burns Bog and the passion we have for saving it. We hope to provide you with options to support the objective of creating an endowment fund to acquire land and build a centre for education, research and ecotourism.
The Burns Bog Conservation Society was formed in 1988. In July 2002, the Burns Bog Conservation Foundation was established to support the Society and its endeavours. The Foundation, a federally registered charity, has a mandate to raise funds to support the Society and its programs and activites.
The Foundation helps the Bunrs Bog Conservation Society to offer educational programs, recreational opportunities and special events such as “International Bog Day”, “Jog for the Bog” and “Pilgrimage to Burns Bog”.
The conservancy, protecting five thousand acres of Burns Bog in perpetuity, was established in 2004, and in 2012 Burns Bog was given a Ramsar designation, including it in the world’s wetlands of international importance.
The sucess of the Bunrs Bog Conservation Society and Foundation is owed to the dedication of Eliza Olson who has volunteered as President of the Society since 1988. In honour of her tireless work defending Burns Bog, Eliza was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubliee Medal.
Leave a Legacy; Your donations to the Burns Bog Conservation Foundation can make a real difference to the future of Burns Bog and will have a positive impact for future generations.
People ask me why I am so passionate about saving Burns Bog. There are several reason.
When I was twelve, my brother destroyed a pond while turning a cow pasture into a grain field. When my mother looked out of the kitchen window and saw the destruction, she exclaimed, “where will the mother duck go? If your father were alive he would never let that happen.” Every year a mother duck nested at the pond’s edge until her ducklings hatched. The first person to see her marching her ducklings across our farmyard to the creek would shout “stop!” We would all pause as she waddled her way majestically across the farmyard. We looked to this ritual. I have never my mother’s horror at the destruction of the pond.
Later on, when I was a struggling single mom, I promised myself that I would return the favours of all the people who helped me succeed at university and become a contributing memeber of society. My work to save Burns Bog has gone beyond Delta. Burns Bog was recognized as an internationally significant wetland when it became part of the Fraser River Ramsar site in 2012.
But my biggest reason is that I have been to the centre of bog. It has taken over my life like sphagnum moss takes over a pond or lake. There is a First Nations story where spirits lure women to the centre of the Bog and they are changed forever. Perhaps it’s my Native American ancestry that led me to return my gratitutde to the community by working to save Burns Bog and ohter peatlands. I don’t know. This I do know. Once you discover the many wonders of Burns Bog it fills your life.
Did you know that sphagnum moss was here in the days of the dinosaurs? It holds up to 20 times its weight in water. Burns Bog stores 10 times more carbon than tropical rainforests! That’s why it is called a carbon sink.
I invite you to join us on our journey to build a Nature Centre. A Nature Centre will stand as beacon, highlighting the need to preserve Burns Bog in prepetuity. It will educate, support research and provide recreation. But perhaps most importantly, it will extend our ability to share the wonders of Burns Bog with generations of children and the young at heart.