Natural Areas, Habitat & Biodiversity
The city’s natural areas are of enormous value as they provide a wide range of important benefits for both human and ecosystem health. Not only do these natural spaces benefit wildlife and protect biodiversity, but they also improve the livability of our city and provide valuable ecological services.
Like a lot of urban areas, New Westminster experienced severe loss of its historic more natural environment as industry and urban development moved into this space. However, the city’s few key natural areas that remain along river shorelines or within larger parks, such as Hume Park or Glenbrook Ravine, are treasured by the community. Through innovative planning and deliberate action we can help to increase the amount and quality of natural habitat in the City to protect biodiversity.
Taking action to protect our natural environment is also an important step in our response to climate change.