Help us cleanup and restore the Langley Bog - we need your help!
To sign up as a volunteer for the Great Big Bog Restoration Cleanup on November 5th, 6th, or 7th please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for getting involved and taking action to save the bog with us!
The Langley Bog is a protected and restricted-access area for conservation reasons — the park association has been approved for special 3 day access for this event. To complete necessary restoration and conservation work in the bog with community volunteers. DRBIPA Park Ambassadors, Members, supporters, and friends are welcome to attend.
Volunteers will be working in groups outdoors to:
Remove plastic, rubber, and treated wood left and abandoned by the peat mining companies of the last century — to prevent input of contaminants that affect the unique PH levels of the bog.
Combat invasive species such as yellow flag iris and himalayan blackberry — to prevent further encroachment into the bog area.
Things to consider:
Volunteers will receive training on any tools needed and an overview of the project while getting to learn about the importance of bog ecosystems.
All tools and supplies will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own work gloves if you have them.
The event is on rain or shine!
We will be following all provincial pandemic protocols for outdoor events and will have hand sanitizer available.
Masks are not mandatory for outdoor events - you are welcome to bring your own reusable mask with you if you prefer to wear a mask.
The volunteer event times for this project are limited to 3 hours because there is not a washroom on site in the bog. Please plan ahead.
Getting to the bog area includes some extensive walking on mostly flat terrain, we'll be meeting as groups and heading to the site together.
We ask all volunteers to please:
Bring your own water in a reusable container and snacks if needed.
Wear sturdy closed toe boots and long sleeves/pants for safety reasons.
Dress for the weather and aim to stay dry, the event is on rain or shine.
Wear comfortable clothing you don't mind getting dirty.
Complete a Personal Health Check before attending any in-person events. The full self-assessment tool is available online at: https://bc.thrive.health/.
The Langley Bog is a component of Derby Reach Regional Park but is closed off from public access for safety and preservation purposes. Only 10% of undisturbed bog meadow and forest remains from what was once over 100 hectares.
Bogs are ancient ecosystems that were formed by glaciers during the ice age. One of the most amazing things about bogs, is how bog moss has the ability to absorb and hold accumulated CO2 from the atmosphere. And as the planet continues to warm due to high levels of CO2 in the atmosphere, protecting and restoring peatlands, such as the Langley Bog, is more important than ever.
The DRBIPA Bog Restoration Committee works on special restoration projects within the Langley Bog in collaboration with Metro Vancouver Regional Parks, Trinity Western University, and Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
Huge thanks go to Pacific Parklands Foundationfor funding the large debris bin rental and other supplies for this bog restoration cleanup event!