Nature Conservancy of Canada working with Village of Riverside-Albert to conserve rare forest critical to water supply
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), with the support of the Village of Riverside-Albert, is working to permanently conserve 326 acres (132 hectares) of rare, old Acadian forest on a property that contains the Village’s water supply. The privately owned property is located between the Caledonia Gorge Provincial Protected Natural Area and the Village of Riverside-Albert. It contains two reservoirs that have been the primary water supply for the Village for nearly 100 years, secured under a “water lease,” which is set to expire in 2019.
“We are very pleased to be working with the Nature Conservancy of Canada on this conservation project, which is so important to residents of our Village,” says Riverside-Albert Mayor Jim Campbell. “I am committing time, energy and a personal donation to this project, and I invite others to do the same, to secure the most vital of resources: clean drinking water for our residents.”
Most of the property is older forest containing large sugar maple, red maple, yellow birch and red spruce trees, which are characteristic of the original Acadian forest of the Maritime provinces. Due to centuries of harvesting, only 1 to 5 per cent of mature Acadian forest remains intact.
“This property is very special: its steep hillsides are filled with huge, old trees that purify and filter the air and water while providing a unique home to a wide diversity of wildlife,” says Denise Roy, conservation representative, Nature Conservancy of Canada. “It’s one of the few remaining examples of a forest type that was once common in New Brunswick and now needs urgent protection.”
“For the Nature Conservancy of Canada, this is an exciting project,” says John Foley, Atlantic regional vice-president, Nature Conservancy of Canada. “NCC is asking for the public’s support in ensuring this forest remains wild and continues to be a reliable source of fresh water for the community.”
In order for the Nature Conservancy of Canada, a not-for-profit, private land trust, to complete this forest conservation project, it needs to raise close to $250,000. Together, NCC and the Village of Riverside-Albert have started fundraising for the project.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada 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 2.8 million acres (more than 1.1 million hectares), coast to coast. The Nature Conservancy of Canada has conserved more than 73,000 acres (29,500 hectares) in Atlantic Canada. To learn more, visit natureconservancy.ca.
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