Conservation Volunteers help remove derelict shack from Conway Sandhills natural area, PEI (Photo by NCC)

Conservation Volunteers help remove derelict shack from Conway Sandhills natural area, PEI (Photo by NCC)

Recognizing volunteers in Prince Edward Island

April 14, 2015
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

 

Nature Conservancy of Canada pays tribute to volunteers


The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is recognizing its volunteers who are supporting our conservation and stewardship activities across the country.

In marking National Volunteer Week, the private land conservation organization is paying tribute to the thousands of Canadians who give their time and talents each year to help care for some of this country’s most important natural places.

Nature Conservancy of Canada President and CEO John Lounds says without volunteers, many of our key conservation actions could not be undertaken.

“Volunteers are the backbone of our country and are indeed the heart and soul of the Nature Conservancy of Canada.  They are a precious resource and continue to lend strength in the communities where we work,” said Lounds.  “Volunteers roll up their sleeves to help plant trees, clean up shorelines, remove invasive species and so much more.  The list of volunteer activities is endless!”

Conservation Volunteer (CV) events are designed to help NCC care for the natural places under its protection, while offering a blend of new experiences and new skills development all set against the backdrop of some of Canada’s most spectacular natural places.

At CV events, volunteers can pick up new skills and hone old ones. For example, butterfly counts and bird inventories put observation (and listening) skills to the test. Some will learn trade skills as they repair a boardwalk, or build a nest box for the first time. Participants learn how to become citizen scientists, all the while making new friends and sharing knowledge and experiences.

“Volunteers also work with the Nature Conservancy of Canada behind the scenes as land stewards, they sit on our national and regional boards, committees and science advisory networks.  We are grateful for their energy and spirit. Our hope is our volunteers will take home both a sense of accomplishment and discovery,” says Jennifer White, NCC stewardship coordinator in Prince Edward Island.

Nature Conservancy of Canada volunteer opportunities are planned for every province. This summer we are doing two events in Prince Edward Island in the communities of:

- Saturday, May 23rd – The Great Marram Grass Plug Plant, near St. Peters Harbour
- Saturday, July 25th – Murray Harbour Kayak Klean up, Murray Harbour.

More information on these activities can be found at www.conservationvolunteers.ca.

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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 2.7 million acres (1.1 million hectares), coast to coast. In Prince Edward Island, NCC has helped protect more than 4,700 acres.

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