Burnt Cabin Bog Management Direction Statement
Provided by BC Parks.
Burnt Cabin Bog Ecological Reserve covers 659 ha of the Bulkley River Valley, roughly 10 km east of Smithers where the Old Babine Lake Road crosses Canyon Creek (area population ~12,000; Ecological reserve Map). The large wetland complex lies within the asserted traditional territory of the Wet’suwet’en and Ned’u’ten (Lake Babine Nation).
Black spruce, willow, scrub birch, and sedges characterise the vegetation of Burnt Cabin Bog, although more productive hybrid white spruce, lodgepole pine, and subalpine fir occur on sites with better drainage. As well as its conservation role, the ecological reserve may attract naturalists. Nearby, Tyhee Lake Park provides lakeshore recreation and full-facility camping opportunities and Babine Mountains Park provides backcountry recreation activities.
Protected Area Attributes
• Bulkley Basin Ecosection; SBSmc2 (moist cold sub-boreal spruce subzone, Babine variant)
• an extensive black spruce, willow, and scrub birch peatland: mostly stream and basin fens (willow, scrub birch, and sedge fens), spruce riparian swamps, and some black spruce-Labrador tea basin bog
• several rare relict plant species, established after glaciation • representation of rare mesic meadow plant community (Aster- peavine- meadowrue) • good variety of willows and sedges • summer and winter habitat for moose, mule deer and beaver