Nature Conservancy of Canada protects important natural habitat near Kingston
On World Environment Day, group acquires globally significant land on Frontenac Arch.
In recognition of World Environment Day, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has announced further conservation success in the Frontenac Arch. NCC has acquired six properties, together totalling 315 hectares (780 acres), which will remain undeveloped for the benefit of nature.
The Frontenac Arch is the southernmost extension of the Canadian Shield, stretching from the Algonquin Highlands of Ontario to the Adirondack Mountains of New York. Rich in reptile, plant and bird species, it is one of the most biologically diverse areas in Ontario. The Arch serves as a natural wildlife passage, linking the Adirondacks in the United States to the forests of the Algonquin Highlands in Canada. The lands also provide homes for several COSEWIC species at risk, including peregrine falcon (anatum subspecies) (special concern), gray ratsnake (Great Lakes / St. Lawrence population) (threatened), Blanding’s turtle (endangered) and eastern milksnake (special concern).
Four of the six newly-conserved properties are located on or near Loughborough Lake, near Battersea. The other properties, one of which was donated to NCC by Michael McAdoo and family, are located on Charleston Lake and were conserved with significant support from the Thousand Islands Watershed Land Trust.
These conservation projects were supported by funding from the Government of Canada through the Natural Areas Conservation Program. This funding was in turn matched by contributions from generous individuals, foundations, cottagers’ associations and corporations — and in particular through a partnership with TD Bank Group through the TD Forests program.
The conservation of these properties represents an important step forward for NCC, which has now protected 1,895 hectares (4,684 acres) in the Frontenac Arch. NCC is currently raising funds to acquire additional key properties in this important natural area.
“The Frontenac Arch is a beautiful and unique region of Ontario, and it’s critical that we strive to conserve its biodiversity, not just for wildlife, but for the benefit of current and future generations,” said James Duncan, NCC’s regional vice-president, Ontario.
“On behalf of the Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, I am pleased to announce that the Government of Canada is supporting the conservation of ecologically important wildlife habitat in southeastern Ontario,” said Mark Gerretsen, Member of Parliament for Kingston and The Islands. “Today, as Canada hosts World Environment Day, our Government is proud to support the efforts of public and private donors to protect this natural treasure for generations to come.”
“Forests form the backdrop of our communities, where we live, work and play — and they perform an essential role in cleaning the air and moderating temperatures," says Karen Clarke-Whistler, Chief Environment Officer, TD Bank Group. "As our world becomes more urbanized it is essential to protect forests and the valuable habitats they represent. That’s why we made protecting critical forest habitat a key pillar of the TD Forests program."
“Our 11-year-old is a big advocate for conservation,” said Michael McAdoo. “This project has been in my daughter’s life since she was five years old. She likes to take her friends up to the property and show them around. And she always says that because of what our family did, this property will be protected forever by the Nature Conservancy of Canada.”
- The dominant tree species found in the Frontenac Arch include white pine, red maple, shagbark hickory, white oak, hophornbeam and sugar maple.
- In addition to key forests, the area features many significant wetlands that are important resting and feeding areas for waterfowl.
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 with more 77,000 hectares (190,000 acres) in Ontario.
The Government of Canada’s Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP) is a unique public-private partnership led by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). To date, $277.5 million has been invested in the NACP by the Government of Canada to secure our natural heritage. Additionally, more than $500 million in matching contributions has been raised by NCC and its partners.
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