Mission, BC—The District of Mission has recently purchased a 4.7-acre parcel of land on St Anthony Way for wetland conservation and future park purposes using funds from the Parkland Acquisition Reserve.
The property is located next to a larger wetland owned by Ducks Unlimited Canada and the District’s purchase will help ensure further protection of the environmental attributes of this area. The remaining acquired space is reserved for park purposes that will be developed at a future time.
“This investment in parkland and environmental conservation continues Mission’s legacy with this type of land acquisition,” said Acting Mayor Cal Crawford. “Parks and open spaces are important for a healthy and sustainable community, and the ongoing protection of our wetlands is critical to maintaining this significant natural ecosystem for the benefit of wildlife.”
The District thanks the Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition and the Stave Valley Salmonid Enhancement Society for their assistance and expertise in identifying the environmental attributes in need of further protection and enhancement.
“Stave Valley Salmonid Enhancement Society appreciates the District’s long-standing practice of working co-operatively with our society and other agencies in identifying and permanently protecting environmentally sensitive habitat,” said Jim Taylor, a director of Stave Valley Salmonid Enhancement Society. “The cooperative approach taken by the District goes beyond land purchase and opens the door for attracting outside funding and technical expertise in restoring fish and wildlife values.”
The District also thanks the Donatelli family for their stewardship of the land over many generations.
In the interim, the current rental agreement will remain in place until further park development plans are approved by Council.
Mission’s Parkland Acquisition Reserve is funded from development for the purpose of securing parkland throughout the District.
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