Nalbeelah Creek Wetlands Park was designated as a park on May 20, 2004 following recommendations from the Kalum Land and Resource Management Plan.
The Nalbeelah Creek Wetlands protect a provincially significant wetland complex with unique geological features, having formed in an earthflow crater. After earthflows occurred depressions were left at the landslide sites. Wetlands developed in areas where the depressions were lower than the permanent water table. These have since developed into a series of raised acidic bogs, formed from the gradual build-up of organic material. The sphagnum peat in the bog is between 2.3 and 4 m thick. This organic bog material has been carbon dated to determine the timing of the earthflows. The earthflows are thought to have occurred between 1500 and 2650 years ago.
One provincially blue-listed vascular plant has been reported in the Nalbeelah Creek Wetlands, the bog adder’s-mouth orchid (Malaxsis paludosa). Also, one provincially blue-listed plant community is reported in Nalbeelah Creek Wetland Park, the Black cottonwood / red-osier dogwood (Populus balsamifera ssp. trichocarpa / Cornus stolonifera).
Wetland habitats are very highly valued for grizzly bears. The wetlands also contain valuable rearing habitat for coho salmon and cutthroat trout. Nalbeelah Creek has been identified as having a chum salmon run that is at a high risk for extinction.
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