Fundraising Campaign Launched to Conserve Baptist Point
The Nature Conservancy of Canada today announced a fundraising campaign to acquire a key 32-acre (13-hectare) site known as Baptist Point on the Northern Bruce Peninsula.
Situated southeast of Cape Hurd, this beautiful shoreline conservation project is across from Baptist Island – well known to kayakers – and only 7 kilometres away from Tobermory, in an area that provides critical stopover habitat for several migratory bird species.
In total, the Nature Conservancy of Canada must raise $194,000 for the project.
Several donors have already come forward to make major contributions, leaving only $79,000 left to raise. Funds are needed to purchase this important habitat and manage it over the long-term.
The Baptist Harbour area is renowned for its biological diversity. Dwarf lake iris, hill’s thistle, ram’s head lady’s-slipper, and fringed gentian are just a few of the rare plant species recorded recently. Meanwhile, most of the area is in pristine condition and few non-native, invasive plants have taken hold. Monarch butterflies rest and refuel in this area during their migration. Nearby reefs jutting into the clean, clear waters of Lake Huron provide habitat and shelter for numerous fish species.
The project is to be finalized in January 2016, but NCC must have the funds in place or pledged by December 2nd in order to move forward with the land deal.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada has worked to conserve lands on the Bruce Peninsula since 1992. To date, the charity has helped protect 9,000 acres (3,643 hectares) of ecologically significant lands on the Peninsula. The Northern Bruce is considered a high priority by NCC and other conservation groups because of its globally rare species and habitats, as well as its high quality intact forests.
For additional information about the Baptist Point conservation project or to lend support, people may contact Dana Kleniewski at 1-800-465-0029 ext. 2246, or email email@example.com.
All donations are eligible for a charitable tax receipt.
“The Baptist Point property is remarkable for its high quality limestone plain habitat, known as alvar, and its offshore reefs that support a diversity of rare species. We’re fortunate the current landowners have done nothing to harm the property’s natural features, and have given NCC the opportunity to make sure this site is protected forever,” said John Grant, Nature Conservancy of Canada Program Director in Midwestern Ontario.
“We are excited and grateful to have 50% of the funds for this project already in place, especially given our short fundraising timeline. We’re asking for the community’s help to find the last 50%, so that we can conserve the property for current and future generations to enjoy always,” said James Duncan, Nature Conservancy of Canada Vice President for Ontario.
- The Northern Bruce Peninsula is ranked as the second highest priority for the conservation of globally rare species amongst all of Ontario’s natural areas in the Great Lakes basin. Over 90% of the Northern Bruce Peninsula remains in natural cover, and its ecological systems are remarkably intact compared to the rest of Ontario.
- The Northern Bruce Peninsula Natural Area covers 108,319 hectares (267,661 acres) and is located at the northern end of the Niagara Escarpment.
- The Northern Bruce Peninsula is world renowned for its diversity of orchids and ferns. It is one of the Great Lakes’ biodiversity “hotspots”, supporting an abundance of rare species, including 26 federally listed species at risk (Committee on the Status of Wildlife in Canada), 26 provincially listed species at risk and 23 globally rare species (G1-G3). Driven by the influences of the Great Lakes and shallow bedrock, many unique habitats occur in the natural area, including alvars, caves and karst, sand beaches, fens and meadow marshes.
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 (2.7 million acres) coast to coast. The Nature Conservancy of Canada has conserved over 74,000 hectares (184,000 acres) in Ontario. For more information visit: www.natureconservancy.ca/on.
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