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Habitat and Cultural Use Plan

The Wild Bird Trust of BC is in the process of developing a long-term Habitat and Cultural Use Management Plan for the Conservation Area at Maplewood Flats. This plan will set the direction for Wild Bird Trust to work together with the Tsleil-Waututh Nation in managing the priorities for the site.

Photo by Donna Clark

Maplewood Flats is one of the few undeveloped landscapes on the north shore of Burrard Inlet. A 30 ha upland area features deciduous and mixed forest, rough grassland, and freshwater marsh habitats. In the intertidal, 96 ha of mudflat and saltmarsh extends out from the conservation area, representing the largest remaining salt marsh in Burrard Inlet. This sanctuary attracts thousands of migrating and resident birds, including the 250 visiting bird species and 55 nesting species that The Wild Bird Trust of British Columbia (WBT) has documented on site.

The Habitat Plan will provide a policy framework and strategic approaches to strengthen conservation, increase collaboration with the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, and build partnerships while managing pressures from increased visitation, invasive species, and habitat loss surrounding the site.

We invite anyone who is interested in the Habitat Plan to participate in the planning process by attending the next Habitat Committee meeting, or emailing habitat@wildbirdtrust.org.