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Nature Conservancy of Canada working to protect rare forest in Colchester County for endangered mainland moose

November 3, 2017
Truro, Nova Scotia


The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is working to conserve a remote property in Colchester County that contains mature forest and provides valuable habitat for Nova Scotia’s endangered mainland moose, along with other species.  Located in the Cobequid Hills, the property was once the site of a maple syrup operation, and the surrounding forest is dominated by hardwoods, including old sugar maple.

“This is an opportunity for Nova Scotians who love wildlife to help conserve an outstanding forest habitat for endangered mainland moose. This area also provides excellent habitat for bobcat, bear and at-risk species of birds,” says Craig Smith, Nova Scotia program director for the Nature Conservancy of Canada. “It’s very rare in Nova Scotia to find such a healthy, intact older forest like this one, and we see this as an urgent priority for protection.”

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is working with a private landowner to conserve this property, located between Tatamagouche and Truro, in a region that provides a vital wildlife corridor between Nova Scotia and the rest of Canada. 

In order to successfully protect this property, the Nature Conservancy of Canada needs to raise $162,500 by the end of the year. As a charitable land trust, the Nature Conservancy of Canada can access matching funds from foundations, businesses, and the Government of Canada through the Natural Areas Conservation Program. 

All donations are eligible for a charitable tax receipt.

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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 protected more than 34,000 acres (13,800 hectares) of ecologically significant land in Nova Scotia. 

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