Important piece of Prince Edward County’s heritage protected for long term
Nature Conservancy of Canada conserves 31 hectares on south coast
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and its partners today announced the creation of a new 31-hectare (76-acre) conserved area near Belleville, Ontario.
The national not-for-profit, private land conservation organization, collaborating with the Hastings Prince Edward Land Trust (HPELT), have purchased an important piece of the local conservation puzzle.
The project is a collection of alvar, grassland and wetland habitat for species designated under the Species at Risk Act such as Blanding’s turtle (endangered), monarch (special concerns) and eastern whip-poor-will (threatened). This unique landscape has a long human and natural history. Originally settled by the Moses Hudgin family, the property is home to a historic log home that dates back to 1865. The Rose family later cared for the land and the building, and their stewardship led to the heritage designation for the home.
The Hudgin-Rose Property is surrounded by the 198-hectare (490-acre) Miller Family Nature Reserve, Ostrander Point Crown Land block and Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area.
Part of the Prince Edward County South Shore Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA), the property, provides vital staging and stopover habitat for a wide variety of migratory birds. The surrounding area has been known to provide habitat for a variety of bat species such as big brown bat, hoary bat, migratory silver-haired bat, eastern red bat, and the endangered little brown myotis.
This land conservation project was made possible by funding from the Government of Canada, through the Natural Areas Conservation Program. These funds were matched by the Gosling Foundation, Hastings Prince Edward Land Trust, Kingston Field Naturalists, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, and many additional generous donors.
“The south shore peninsula of Prince Edward County has some of the most spectacular coastline and natural habitats that Lake Ontario has to offer. With the growing popularity of the area for both tourism and development, it is critical that we act now to protect this special place before it is too late. NCC and HPELT are committed to working together to protect and care for the Hudgin-Rose Property, and other lands in the area, to ensure that they will be here for our children and grandchildren.” Mike Hendren, Nature Conservancy of Canada, regional vice-president for Ontario
"Since its inception 20 years ago the Hastings Prince Edward Land Trust has focused its efforts on the south shore of Prince Edward County. We welcome NCC's involvement in this vital environmental project." Dick Bird, Vice President, Hastings Prince Edward Land Trust
"It’s wonderful to have a chance to congratulate the Nature Conservancy of Canada on establishing this newly conserved area in the Bay of Quinte riding, on behalf of my colleague Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change. Protection of important habitats for species at risk is vital—not just to our region—but everywhere in Canada. Partnerships with organizations like the Nature Conservancy of Canada are bringing the federal government’s goal to double the amount of protected nature across Canada’s lands and oceans even closer. I’m so glad to see our community leading the way on this issue." Neil R. Ellis, M.P. for Bay of Quinte
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, with more than 184,000 acres (74,400 hectares) in Ontario. To learn more, visit natureconservancy.ca.
The Government of Canada’s Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP) was established to accelerate the pace of land conservation across southern Canada. Federal funds invested in the public-private partnership program were matched by contributions raised by NCC and its partners. Habitat conserved under the NACP will enhance natural corridors and other protected areas.
The NACP concluded March 31, 2019. It has been replaced by Canada’s Natural Heritage Conservation Program (NHCP), which will continue to support new protected and conserved areas by securing private lands and private interests in lands.
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