The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and partners today announced the addition of five properties totalling 1,027 acres (415 hectares) to NCC’s portfolio of conservation lands on the Frontenac Arch. The recently and soon-to-be conserved lands add to the network of protected natural corridors that serve as safe passage for migrating birds, bats, and insects, and animals with large home ranges such as fisher.
Funding for these additions, located just north of Kingston, was provided by the Government of Canada’s Natural Areas Conservation Program, the Thousand Islands Watershed Land Trust, the Davies Charitable Foundation, and many private donors. The suite of projects also includes a donation of land by Michael and Elaine Davies who wished to see their own property conserved for all time.
Much of the new conservation lands are adjacent to existing protected areas, building on previous efforts and increasing the level of protection for native plants and wildlife, including rare species such as cerulean warbler, gray ratsnake and Blanding’s turtle. A total of 610 acres (247 hectares) surrounding Loughborough Lake has been combined with NCC’s Freeman property – more than doubling its size – and is being managed as the Loughborough Lake Wilderness Area. An additional 154 acres (62 hectares) builds on the protected area of Ontario Nature’s Lost Bay Nature Preserve.
Loughborough Lake Wilderness Area is open to the public for passive recreation including birding and hiking. For information on accessing the trails, please contact ontario [at] natureconservancy.ca or 613-321-3583.
“We’re very excited about the momentum of conservation in this area,” remarked John Lounds, president and CEO for the Nature Conservancy of Canada. “People in the Kingston and Frontenac areas have been incredibly supportive of our work – they know how important their surroundings are, and are passionate about protecting them. We’re grateful for the support of our donors, our neighbours and our partners in our ongoing efforts to conserve this beautiful landscape. ”
“These acquisitions mark another achievement under our government's Natural Areas Conservation Program,” said Environment Canada Parliamentary Secretary Michelle Rempel, on behalf of the Honourable Peter Kent, Canada’s Minister of the Environment. “With this investment, we are taking real action to protect and conserve our country’s ecosystems and sensitive species for present and future generations.”
“The ‘Crank’, as it is fondly called, is an unique and spectacular property,” remarked Dann Michols, president of the Thousand Island Watershed Land Trust, the organization that coordinated the local fundraising campaign. “Being a part of the successful campaign to preserve it for the enjoyment of present and future generations is fantastic. Even more rewarding, however, is the experience of working with local conservation organizations to pull together as partners to raise the necessary local funding.”
- The habitat on the Frontenac Arch features rough natural terrain from sweeping high ridges to rugged shorelines, beaver ponds, marshes and wooded swamps.
- The Arch’s rich, dense forests include a healthy mix of Carolinian elements such as shagbark hickory, blue beech and rock elm, as well as northern species including sugar maple, white ash and red oak.
- The ridges of the Frontenac Arch are part of the Canadian Shield, a dome of ancient rock that forms the backbone of eastern North America.
- The Arch serves as an important transition zone between the northern Appalachian Mountains and the Algonquin Highlands, providing a crucial natural linkage for migratory birds and wide-ranging mammals across the Great Lakes lowlands of Southeastern Ontario.
ABOUT THE PARTNERS:
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) 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 2.6 million acres (more than 1 million hectares), coast to coast. To learn more visit: www.natureconservancy.ca/on.
The Government of Canada’s Natural Areas Conservation Program is a $225 million investment to assist non-profit, non-government organizations to secure ecologically sensitive lands to ensure the conservation of our diverse ecosystems, wildlife, and habitat. The Nature Conservancy of Canada has been entrusted to lead the program and has committed to raising matching funds for each federal dollar received.
The Thousand Islands Watershed Land Trust works to permanently protect the land and its assets in the Thousand Islands watershed through acquisition and conservation easements, and to achieve good land management through stewardship agreements and education.
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