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Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Bert Brink Wildlife Management Area

About This Wildlife Management Area

Date Designated: April 12, 2009

Purpose: Conservation of Fraser River floodplain which includes a biologically diverse habitat mosaic that supports a large number of both resident and migratory wildlife.

Size: 915 hectares

Region: South Coast

Location and Maps

Bert Brink WMA is situated at the confluence of the Fraser River and Vedder Canal and includes a portion of Strawberry Island.

Nature and Culture

Wildlife : The Bert Brink WMA provides habitat for red and blue listed species including Great Blue Heron, Peregrine Falcon, Bald Eagle, and Marbled Murrelet. The open fields are partly flooded in the winter and attract foraging Wigeon and Canada Geese. The sloughs, wetlands and gravel bars provide important habitat for White Sturgeon, Pacific Salmon and Steelhead Trout. The area includes over 200 hectares of mature cottonwood forest that was once an active heron colony. With development pressures on other heron colonies in the Lower Fraser Valley it is possible that heron may re-establish a colony in the Wildlife Management Area. Bert Brink Wildlife Management Area

Physiography, Climate, and Vegetation: There are 311 hectares of upland and 604 hectares of foreshore included in the WMA, which are part of the Coastal Western Hemlock Dry Maritime ecosystem within the Fraser Lowland ecosection. The area is part of the undyked Fraser River floodplain and is made up of mature cottonwood forest, marshes, slough channels, open fields, and gravels bars.

Compatible resource and recreation uses: A portion of the WMA is grazed by cattle under a licence agreement with a local farmer. First Nations access the Fraser River for fishing through the south section of the Wildlife Management Area. There are trails located on Strawberry Island which are closed to ATVs and other motorized vehicle use.

Management Planning

Information on management direction is available from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations regional office.

Management Partners: