Nature Conservancy of Canada protects site at Blooming Point
Island family donates coastal land for conservation
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has conserved a 52-hectare (128-acre) coastal property adjacent to popular Blooming Point beach, about 30 kilometres north of Charlottetown.
The new conservation area is located on Tracadie Bay and features Acadian forest, freshwater wetland, salt marsh and dunes.
A portion of this project was donated to NCC by the MacGillivray family of Blooming Point, under the Government of Canada’s Ecological Gifts Program. It’s one of 27 properties conserved on PEI through the Ecological Gifts Program — the most of any province in Canada.
Joining NCC staff at today’s conservation announcement were The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada; The Honourable Richard Brown, P.E.I. Minister of Communities, Land and Environment; members of the MacGillvray family and local project supporters.
NCC’s Blooming Point property is located in an internationally recognized Important Bird Area. It provides valuable coastal and wetland habitat for many species of birds, including Canada warbler, listed as threatened under Canada’s Species at Risk Act.
Forty per cent of the property is made up of Acadian forest, which provides habitat for plants that are rare on PEI, such as royal fern, spinulose wood fern and marsh cinquefoil.
Conservation of the property’s forest and secondary dunes is important in providing a natural stabilizing buffer during storms for Blooming Point’s primary dunes and beach. Although NCC’s new property is adjacent to the beach, it does not include trails or pedestrian access to the beach, due to the location of a large wetland and other natural barriers.
The community of Blooming Point borders Prince Edward Island National Park. Its spectacular beach and ecologically significant wetland habitats were not included in the national park when it was established decades ago, making the area a focal point for conservation ever since.
“I am proud the Nature Conservancy of Canada is helping to ensure Blooming Point always remains a natural, undisturbed gem on PEI’s North Shore. NCC would like to thank the MacGillivray family for entrusting this property to us for the enjoyment of the community and the preservation of wildlife habitat. We would also like to thank the federal government for its support through the Natural Areas Conservation Program and the Ecological Gifts Program.”
John Foley, Atlantic Vice President, Nature Conservancy of Canada
"On behalf of my colleague, Catherine McKenna, I am so pleased to congratulate the NCC on the conservation of 52 hectares of vital shoreline, forest, sand dunes and wetland habitat at Blooming Point. Our government provides support through the Natural Areas Conservation Program and the Ecological Gifts Program to help Canadians and partner organizations work together to protect biodiversity and species at risk. Protecting Canada’s biodiversity is essential to preserving this important natural legacy.”
Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Member of Parliament for Cardigan.
“Nearly 1,000 acres of woodland, wetland, sand dunes and forest has now been placed under protection at Blooming Point. Wetlands provide an important natural buffer, protecting our Island shores from the effects of storms and flooding. As we prepare for the effects of climate change, these conservation lands will only increase in importance.”
Honourable Richard Brown, P.E.I. Minister of Communities, Land and Environment
• Since the inception of the Ecological Gifts Program in the mid-1990s, 27 properties have been conserved in PEI representing over 700 hectares (1700 acres). Of those 27 properties, more than half have been donated in the last five years.
• PEI habitats protected through the Ecological Gifts Program include Acadian forest, wetlands, beaches and dunes, and critical habitat for endangered species, such as piping plover.
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. The Nature Conservancy of Canada has conserved 30,000 hectares (74,000 acres) in the Atlantic Provinces. 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. A portion of this project was donated to the Nature Conservancy of Canada under the Ecological Gifts Program, which provides enhanced tax benefits for individuals or corporations donating ecologically significant land.
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