PITT MEADOWS, BC – Metro Vancouver has recently added 56 hectares to the Codd Wetland Ecological Conservancy Area. Located east of Pitt River in the Pitt Polder region of Pitt Meadows, the land will protect ecologically diverse wildlife habitats and provides opportunities to develop future trails and viewpoints.
“Pitt Meadows is known as the Natural Place for a reason,” says Mayor Bill Dingwall. “Parks are the second-largest land use in Pitt Meadows at twenty-seven percent. The addition of these park lands is an important natural asset and another positive step that reaffirms our commitment to mitigate the impacts of climate change and to protect our natural areas to ensure current and future generations can continue to connect with nature in our community.”
The existing Codd Wetland Ecological Conservancy Area was acquired in 2004 and consists of 104.5 hectares that includes the Blaney Creek floodplain, the wetlands and the tributary streams east of Codd Island. It is one of the last remaining floodplain wetlands within the Alouette River watershed that is not diked and is home to more than 200 species of wildlife including birds, mammals and amphibians.
In recognition of its significant ecological value, the Codd Wetlands are currently managed as an Ecological Conservation Area and are not open to the public. However, recent drone footage of this stunning parks land provides a bird’s eye view for the public to experience and enjoy virtually here.
“We pride ourselves in Pitt Meadows for our close connections with nature,” says Mayor Bill Dingwall. “What better way to enhance those values than to collaborate with Metro Vancouver and other orders of government to bring new park lands into the growing regional network. We have full confidence in Metro Vancouver’s regional park operation and we are proud to support them as custodians of these ecological lands for all residents in the Metro Vancouver region.”
The acquisition of these additional lands will help Metro Vancouver and the City realize its goal of creating a large and resilient park land in the northeastern part of Pitt Meadows.
Metro Vancouver is responsible for managing the regional park systems, which include the Pitt River Regional Greenway. To learn more visit metrovancouver.org.
For more information please contact:
Manager of Communications & Community Engagement
City of Pitt Meadows