Abraham Lake, NS (Photo by L. Campbell)

Abraham Lake, NS (Photo by L. Campbell)

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April 1, 2016

 

Nature Conservancy of Canada releases Atlantic Campaign


The Nature Conservancy of Canada is launching a campaign to encourage more people to get out in nature and to consider conserving their lands in the Atlantic Region.
 
The not-for-profit, registered charity has released a series of new commercials aimed at reaching families and land owners who may want to consider donating or selling their land for conservation.
 
The goal is to highlight why it is important to conserve more of Atlantic Canada’s special places, for people, plants and animals.  It includes people explaining what motivated them to donate
 
The Nature Conservancy of Canada will be promoting the campaign this weekend at the New Brunswick Sportsmen’s Show taking place at the Moncton Coliseum, an event aimed at nature lovers and all outdoor enthusiasts. 
 
One of the commercials features Mr. Joey Caissie, who says what motivated him to donate beach habitat in Richibucto Village for conservation.  He did so in memory of his mother.
 
The Nature Conservancy of Canada has been active in the Atlantic Provinces since 1971. It has worked with willing private landowners to conserve over 70,000 acres of wetlands, forests and coastal shoreline areas.  It has over 150 properties across New Brunswick with nearly 19,000 acres protected in this province.   These nature reserves are open to the public for recreational uses such as walking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, bird-watching. 
 
“We are inviting more people to explore these sites, learn and enjoy them.  At the same time, we encourage more landowners to connect with us and help leave a legacy from their families and ensure our provinces remain a special place, shaped by nature,” said Linda Stephenson, Atlantic Regional Vice President with the Nature Conservancy of Canada. “This region is a place shaped, quite literally, by nature. Geographically and culturally, the Atlantic Ocean, extensive Acadian forests and lakes, rivers and streams have shaped our provinces”.
 
Another focus of NCC’s in Atlantic Canada is preserving old Acadian Forest, which once covered most of the Maritimes. Now, less than 1% of that original Acadian Forest still exists.    The Nature Conservancy of Canada wants to talk with private woodlot owners to explore ways on how to protect and sustainably manage Old Acadian Forest in hopes of re-establishing this important forest type across the region. 
 
Typical Acadian Forest tree species include: sugar maple, red spruce, yellow birch, eastern white pine, eastern white cedar, eastern hemlock, white ash, red oak and beech.  
 
Editor’s Note: Videos and commercials can be shared via Dropbox. To view, please see these links below:
 
http://www.natureconservancy.ca/en/where-we-work/atlantic/
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOcSUxlQgfU  Joey Caissie’s story
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNA7dA9Pm4s  Craig Smith’s story
 
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The Nature Conservancy of Canada is the nation's leading 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 2.8 million acres (over 1.1 million hectares), coast to coast. For further information visit: www.NatureConservancy.ca

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