Protecting Forest & Natural Areas

Delta-Protecting-Forests-Natural-AreasDelta is home to a variety of forest and field environments. These habitats support diverse wildlife and contribute greenspace to Delta, while providing park space and forming a portion of the Metro Vancouver’s Green Zone.

Forest & Woodlands

Forest and woodlands in Delta can be found along the steeper slopes of North Delta and Tsawwassen in Environmentally Sensitive Areas and parks, and in smaller pockets throughout the Delta lowlands. Forest and woodlands provide integral links across Delta connecting habitats together. 

Please respect Delta's policy and regulations on tree protection, including trees on development sites.


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  • Benefit of Trees
  • Benefits of Hedgerows & Grass Strips

Old Field Habitat

Old field habitat is typically long-abandoned agricultural land where a range of grasses and shrub species have grown up. This habitat mimics the natural prairie, grassland and salt marsh habitats which used to exist here in Delta. Examples of old field habitat can be found in the North 40 dog park and Boundary Bay Regional Park. This environment provides habitat for a variety of birds & raptors (heron, owls, hawks, eagles, falcons), and small to medium mammals (voles, mice, rabbits, coyotes, deer).

Agricultural Fields

Agriculture is important to Delta’s economic, environmental and social sustainability. Over 50 per cent of Delta’s land is agricultural based. With input from the local farming/agricultural producer community, a Delta Agricultural Plan was completed in 2011 which augments policies contained in the Official Community Plan (OCP) and contains strategies to assist in pursing the long term viability of farming in the community. Find more information on the Delta Agricultural Farm Plan (1.5 MB)

Agricultural fields and their edges provide valuable habitat for local wildlife. Overwintering waterfowl can be found digging for leftover root vegetables in local fields throughout Delta.

Living with & Protecting Forests
and Natural Areas

Due to development pressures and the associated loss and fragmentation of natural areas throughout the region, it is important to preserve Delta's remaining natural assets like forests, ravines and natural areas.

Learn about the best way to deal with yard waste and how dumping in natural areas is harmful to the environment.

Natural areas can only handle the leaves and debris they produce themselves. It is not appropriate to dump yard waste (leaves/grass clippings/trimmings) into the forest.

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  • Dumping Yard Waste

Agricultural Stewardship

For information on various agricultural stewardship programs, please visit:

Delta Farmland & Wildlife Trust

The Delta Farmland & Wildlife Trust (DFWT) is a non-profit organization that promotes the preservation of farmland and wildlife habitat on the lower Fraser River delta through co-operative land stewardship with local farmers.

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