Nature Conservancy of Canada protects heart of last intact forest corridor along Rideau Waterway
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is announcing the protection of 48 hectares (120 acres), including 2.5 kilometres of historic Rideau Waterway shoreline, on Whitefish Lake. Thanks to the support of many donors, this important piece of the local conservation puzzle is now protected for the long term.
A collection of towering granite ridges, rich forests and pristine shoreline, this piece of Whitefish Lake is at the heart of the Frontenac Arch, a key wildlife corridor that connects the Algonquin Highlands to the Adirondack Mountains.
The property is critical to a wide variety of plant and animal life, including waterfowl such as mallard, ring-necked duck and wood duck. It is also home to wide-ranging animals like fisher and black bear.
In late 2017, the non-profit group put out a call to the public to help protect this spectacular natural area. Many donors — both local and across Ontario — stepped up to help.
This Nature Conservancy of Canada project was generously supported by funding from the Government of Canada, through the Natural Areas Conservation Program.
A UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, the Frontenac Arch is a unique area of overlap between the northern Canadian Shield and southern Appalachian forests. The Arch supports a great richness of plant and animal species, making this one of the most diverse regions in Canada and a place of great beauty. It serves as a highway for migrating birds, bats and insects, and mammals with large home ranges, including moose and bobcat.
“We are so pleased with the support from the community and people across the province in helping NCC protect this expansive wildlife corridor where northern and southern species converge. Without the help of donors and the local community, this project would not have been possible.” Wendy Cridland, Acting Regional Vice-president, Ontario
“This new conserved area in the Frontenac Arch shows what we can accomplish when Canadians, organizations, and governments work together to protect our environment. Through the Natural Areas Conservation Program our government supports the Nature Conservancy of Canada and its partners to conserve important ecosystems and ensure the health of our nature and wildlife for future generations.” The Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
- Whitefish Lake includes 2.5 kilometres of shoreline on the Rideau Waterway — a Canadian heritage river.
- With little light pollution, Frontenac Arch is visible from space.
- The property features trees more commonly found in the Appalachian Mountains to the south, such as pitch pine, shagbark hickory, rock elm and black maple.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) 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 more than 1.1 million hectares (2.8 million acres), coast to coast, with more than 74,400 hectares (184,000 acres) in Ontario. To learn more, visit natureconservancy.ca.
The Government of Canada's Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP) is a unique public-private partnership to accelerate the pace of land conservation across southern Canada. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) manages the program. Federal funds are matched by contributions raised by NCC and its partners. Habitat conserved under the NACP enhances natural corridors and other protected areas.
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