Nature Conservancy of Canada and Village of Riverside-Albert reach milestone in protection of water supply
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), in partnership with the Village of Riverside-Albert, has reached an important milestone in its campaign to save a rare forest and protect the Village’s water supply. The charitable conservation organization has so far raised more than $130,000 toward the purchase of 326 acres (132 hectares) of old Acadian forest on a privately owned property that also contains two water supply reservoirs for Riverside-Albert. The reservoirs 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.
“Along with the residents of Riverside-Albert, I am grateful the Nature Conservancy of Canada is working to conserve our water supply area and delighted they are just over halfway to the goal of raising $250,000 to purchase the land,” says Riverside-Albert mayor Jim Campbell. “I would like to thank the many donors, including the Chipoudy Communities Revitalization Committee, for contributing to the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s campaign. I hope, with the continued support of the public, the final stage of the campaign will be even more successful.”
The privately owned property containing the water supply is located between the Caledonia Gorge Provincial Protected Natural Area and the Village of Riverside-Albert. The property features large old 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.
“We are asking New Brunswickers to help the Nature Conservancy of Canada protect this beautiful old forest, which is one of few remaining examples of old Acadian forest in the Maritimes and needs urgent protection,” says Denise Roy, conservation representative, Nature Conservancy of Canada. “Donors to this project are contributing to a win-win solution: they are helping to protect rare habitat and, at the same time, protecting a critical water supply for the people of Riverside-Albert.”
In order for the Nature Conservancy of Canada, a not-for-profit land trust, to complete this forest conservation project, it will need to raise $250,000 before the end of 2017. A cheque for $6,000 was presented to NCC by the Chipoudy Communities Revitalization Committee on October 13 at the Chase the Ace event in Riverside-Albert.
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.
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