Touring Burns Bog with the Environment Committee
September 15, 2018
MoveUP’s Environment Committee hosted two touring sessions of Burns Bog on Saturday, September 15 for members and their families.
The tour offered the participants an opportunity to learn about all sorts of plants, animals, insects, and the ecosystem that make up the bog.
The bog, itself, and the peat retain a large amount of water and is very acidic. There is very little to no decomposition below the surface due to the stagnant water, the lack of oxygen below the surface, and the tannin, which can actually be used to make leather!
Bogs are very important to our ecosystem. They cover only three per cent of the global land area, but store 30 per cent of the world’s soil carbon.
Burns Bog itself is approximately 3,000 hectares. It is the largest urban, undeveloped land mass in North America. It took over 3,000 years to form the bog. However, human beings have destroyed half of it in the past century.
To learn more about Burns Bog, click here.