Percival River Site Now Protected
Nature Conservancy of Canada announces project for World Wetlands Day
The Nature Conservancy of Canada is marking World Wetlands Day in Prince Edward Island by announcing the purchase of a high quality wetland site in Egmont Bay for permanent conservation.
Egmont Bay is home to some of the province’s largest undeveloped salt marshes. The 7 acre parcel on the Percival River is dominated by salt marsh with hay-like grasses. There are also red maple, white birch and balsam fir trees on the property.
The land purchase is strategic because it is located next to another site the Nature Conservancy of Canada, acquired in 2013. All of PEI’s salt marshes are important habitat for migrating waterfowl, nesting birds, such as the willet, and shorebirds. Salt marshes are productive ecosystems which supply nutrients to coastal water and tidal flats.
This conservation project was made possible through funding contributions from several local individuals and PEI businesses along with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA).
This is the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s fifth project in Egmont Bay since 2008 with a total of 173 acres being protected, working with willing private land owners. The Nature Conservancy of Canada plans to approach adjacent landowners regarding the conservation of the salt marsh on their properties through either land donations or purchases.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada is actively looking for additional properties across the province. It encourages people and families to contact them for more information if they have potentially ecologically significant lands. NCC will help individuals learn more about the tax benefits associated with private land donations or explore options around selling their properties.
“There are many excellent reasons to conserve Prince Edward Island’s wetlands such as this key property in Egmont Bay,” said Julie Vasseur, Program Manager with the Nature Conservancy of Canada in Prince Edward Island. “Wetlands help clean water, mitigate flooding and erosion, absorb carbon from the atmosphere, and provide plants and animals with food, water, shelter and a place to call home. During warmer months, wetlands also provide learning opportunities for people and families”.
• Biologists estimate that more than 50% of wildlife species in North America rely on access to wetland habitat for at least part of their life cycle.
• Almost 35% of all rare, threatened and endangered species are dependent on wetlands.
• Wetlands store water for that can help mitigate droughts, and they absorb and store excess water in areas prone to flooding and erosion.
• Wetlands have the potential to mitigate the impacts of climate change by acting tempering temperature extremes in a local area.
• Wetlands serve as natural water treatment systems.
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 (over 1.1 million hectares), coast to coast The Nature Conservancy of Canada has conserved 4,717 acres (1,909 hectares) in PEI. For further information visit www.NatureConservancy.ca/pe
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