Nature Conservancy of Canada planting trees to enhance wildlife corridor on Chignecto Isthmus
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) will plant 2,500 trees on Saturday, June 17 as part of a forest restoration and wildlife habitat enhancement project. NCC staff and volunteers, along with Canadian Forest International, will be planting native tree species near the New Brunswick-Nova Scotia border, in an old agricultural field that was donated to the land trust.
Staff and volunteers will plant red spruce, red oak and white pine saplings. The goal of the project is to help restore Acadian forest, a declining forest type native to the Maritimes, and to encourage wildlife, especially moose, to migrate from New Brunswick to Nova Scotia. The tree-planting day is part of NCC’s ongoing “Moose Sex Project,” which involves conserving key habitats to support Nova Scotia's endangered mainland moose population.
“Sprucing up the Isthmus” is the third of several Conservation Volunteers events hosted by NCC in New Brunswick this summer. Through Conservation Volunteers, NCC offers hands-on opportunities to help restore and care for some of Canada’s most important natural areas. The tree-planting project is supported by funding from the Government of Canada through the Natural Areas Conservation Program, as well as through the New Brunswick Environmental Trust Fund and the New Brunswick Wildlife Trust Fund.
NCC is seeking 10 to 12 more volunteers for this three-hour tree-planting project. People wishing to volunteer may register by visiting conservationvolunteers.ca or by calling toll-free 1-877-231-4400.
• The Nature Conservancy of Canada has been working on the Chignecto Isthmus for more than 10 years. It is an important wildlife corridor that links Nova Scotia to New Brunswick and the rest of North America. Due to pressures from development, roads and agriculture, wilderness on the Chignecto Isthmus is becoming increasingly fragmented. Without a wilderness link between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, wildlife in Nova Scotia will decline.
• Since 2006, the NCC’s Conservation Volunteers program has led to more than 16,000 Canadians completing over 1,385 conservation projects across the country.
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 1.1 million hectares (2.8 million acres), coast to coast. The Nature Conservancy of Canada has conserved more than 30,000 hectares (74,000 acres) in Atlantic Canada.
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