Fungi found in Howe Bay, PEI (Photo by Sean Landsman)

Fungi found in Howe Bay, PEI (Photo by Sean Landsman)

Nature Conservancy of Canada Seeking Support to Protect

September 2, 2016
Charlottetown, PEI

 

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is seeking Islanders’  help to protect two significant forested sites in Howe Bay and Egmont Bay.

“With very few older forests like these remaining on PEI, protecting these sites is crucial,” says Nature Conservancy of Canada PEI Program Director, Julie Vasseur.  “This is an opportunity to be part of an effort to ensure these beautiful forests remain intact for future generations of Islanders.”

The lands NCC is working to acquire are:

• 50 acres at Egmont Bay: featuring wetlands and provincially-rare Black Ash trees, located in one of the larger, more intact forest corridors on PEI. 
• 30 acres near Souris: featuring mature spruce and aspen, which provide excellent habitat for woodpeckers, flying squirrels, and small songbirds like chickadees, nuthatches, and kinglets.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is working to conserve these sites now so they will continue to be key refuges for wildlife and also be available to Island residents for light recreational use. NCC’s work gives Islanders a “nature insurance policy” – future generations will always be able to access and experience wild places.

NCC has successfully raised a portion of the funds needed, but in order to access crucial matching funds, an additional $40,000 dollars must be raised from businesses, corporations, and individuals. These donations will unlock a federal government contribution of $20,000 to help get these habitat conservation projects across the finish line.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada, a charitable organization, is looking to meet a deadline of October 2016 to raise the necessary funds.

A financial gift to the Nature Conservancy of Canada creates a natural legacy and is a catalyst for other contributions:  for every dollar donated by individuals to conserve these sites, NCC is able to leverage up to three dollars from foundations, businesses, and the Government of Canada’s Natural Areas Conservation Program (Environment and Climate Change Canada).

To learn more about these projects or to lend a helping hand get involved, please contact Faith Flemming at 1-877-231-4400 (toll free).

All donations are eligible for a charitable tax receipt.
   
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.  On Prince Edward Island, the Nature Conservancy of Canada has worked with partners and communities to conserve over 5,132 acres in all corners of the province. 
 
For more information about our work on PEI visit:  www.natureconservancy.ca/pe 

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