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Oct 01, 2019 Return to Headlines

New Painted Turtle Habitat at Lost Lake

by Caitlin Osborne |

COQUITLAM, BC, Oct. 1, 2019 – Visitors to Mundy Park can watch for crews and machinery on Thursday, Oct. 3 near Lost Lake in Mundy Park. The recovery team from the Coastal Painted Turtle Project, part of the Coastal Partners in Conservation Society, will be creating a new sand nesting beach for endangered Western Painted Turtles at the lake’s south end. Park visitors can expect some machinery along the trails – which will remain open during the work – and temporary fencing to protect the nesting area. The City will install permanent split-rail fencing this fall.  

About Mundy Park

Mundy Park is Coquitlam’s largest City-owned park with 400 acres of dedicated Urban Forest. This means the park is protected for the public’s use and enjoyment as well as the management, conservation and enhancement of the park’s plants and wildlife. In 2015, Coquitlam City Council endorsed the Mundy Park Forest Management Plan that set a clear vision and guiding principles for this natural treasure. The Western Painted Turtle nesting project supports the Forest Management Plan’s principles of Balanced Values — “Management will be guided by a strong commitment to low impact recreation activities, balanced with conservation and environmental stewardship” and Environmental Protection — “Biodiversity will be protected through preservation, restoration and enhancement of important habitat that supports a variety of wildlife.”

Learn more about the Mundy Park Forest Management Plan at coquitlam.ca/mundy

Media contact:

Caresse Selk

Urban Forestry & Parks Services Manager

Parks, Recreation & Culture