Good news for Earth Day: Two New Brunswick sites and 131.5 hectares protected
Forest and salt marsh conserved for wildlife corridor
To help celebrate Earth Day, April 22, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is announcing the protection of 131.5 hectares (325 acres) of forest and salt marsh in southeast New Brunswick.
It’s part of the group’s ongoing project to conserve wilderness habitat for a vital Maritime wildlife corridor.
The not-for-profit organization has acquired 79.5 hectares (197 acres) of wetlands and forest in Halls Hill, near Sackville, an important addition to NCC’s existing conservation areas on the Chignecto Isthmus, the narrow stretch of land between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
Approximately 25 kilometres across at its narrowest point, the Chignecto Isthmus provides the only land connection between wildlife populations in Nova Scotia to those in the rest of North America.
NCC has so far conserved 1,385 hectares (more than 3,400 acres) on the Chignecto Isthmus on both sides of the Nova Scotia/New Brunswick border, helping to link existing protected areas and to secure a permanent wildlife corridor.
The Halls Hill conservation area contains a mix of mature and regenerating forest, and borders other land protected by NCC.
The new NCC land is located between the federally protected Tintamarre National Wildlife Area in New Brunswick and the provincially protected Chignecto Isthmus Wilderness Area in Nova Scotia.
Protecting mature forest habitat here is critically important for the health, movement and renewal of wildlife populations, especially the endangered mainland moose of Nova Scotia. If this narrow strip of wilderness is not conserved, over time, Nova Scotia would become an “ecological island” as far as wildlife is concerned.
Along with the Halls Hill property, NCC has purchased a coastal property in nearby Shemogue, which provides habitat for many species of shorebirds and migratory birds. The 52-hectare (128-acre) property at Comeau Point features 1.5 kilometres of shoreline, including an intact and provincially significant salt marsh, a type of wildlife habitat which is becoming increasingly rare on the Northumberland Strait. Willet and Nelson’s sharp-tailed sparrow have been identified on the property, two birds whose populations are in decline.
Conservation of these two properties was made possible through funding from the Government of Canada’s Natural Areas Conservation Program, a program established to accelerate the conservation of privately owned land in Canada.
This project also includes a partial land donation made through the Government of Canada’s Ecological Gifts Program, which provides enhanced tax incentives for individuals or corporations donating ecologically significant land. The Open Space Institute, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Crabtree Foundation, McCain Foundation and many private donors also supported these conservation projects.
“The Nature Conservancy of Canada wishes to thank the Government of Canada for helping us conserve these outstanding wildlife habitats through the Natural Areas Conservation Program and the Ecogifts Program. We would also like to thank the Open Space Institute, and our many individual donors and supporters, for helping us conserve these outstanding habitats on the Northumberland Strait and Chignecto Isthmus. We are very pleased to be able to protect this wilderness for the benefit of wildlife and for the enjoyment of residents and visitors.”
Paula Noel, New Brunswick Program Director, Nature Conservancy of Canada
"Through the Natural Areas Conservation Program, our government is proud to partner with the Nature Conservancy of Canada in protecting key habitats across the country. These projects in Shemogue and near Baie Verte help protect important forests and water systems that wildlife and plants rely on. I also wish to commend those involved in having their lands entrusted. Together, our actions help preserve Canada's natural environment for today and for future generations to enjoy."
Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Member of Parliament for Beauséjour and Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
• The Chignecto Isthmus is located along the Atlantic flyway, a key migration route. Its extensive wetlands provide vital resting and feeding areas for many species of migratory birds.
• The Nature Conservancy of Canada has now expanded its Chignecto Isthmus conservation areas in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia to 1,385 hectares (3,420 acres).
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is the nation's leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped to protect more than 1.1 million hectares (2.8 million acres) across the country. The Nature Conservancy of Canada has conserved 29,500 hectares (74,000 acres) in the Atlantic provinces.
The Government of Canada's Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP) is a unique public-private partnership to accelerate the pace of land conservation across southern Canada. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) manages the program. Habitat conserved under the NACP enhances natural corridors to other protected areas.
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