Conway Sandhills, PEI (Photo by John Sylvester)

Conway Sandhills, PEI (Photo by John Sylvester)

Nature Conservancy of Canada’s PEI director wins provincial award

Julie Vasseur earns honour

Julie Vasseur (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Julie Vasseur (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

The Island Nature Trust has awarded its annual Honourable J Angus MacLean Natural Areas Award to the Nature Conservancy of Canada and its PEI Program Director, Julie Vasseur.  The award recognizes outstanding contributions of individuals and organizations to the protection of PEI’s natural heritage and is named after a former farmer and Premier of Prince Edward Island, who was recognized for the conservation of his own ecologically-sensitive property.

“This is a tremendous honour and I would like to thank the Island Nature Trust for recognizing NCC’s conservation work on the Island,” said Julie Vasseur.  “I would also like to thank the many generous donors and partners we have worked with to protect natural treasures like Holman’s Island and Murray Harbour.”

Julie Vasseur has been the PEI Director of the Nature Conservancy of Canada since 2013. She has been instrumental in the conservationof St Peter’s Harbour, Holman’s Island and rare mature forested sites in Percival River. She has also led annual cleanup efforts on Boughton Island and Murray Harbour, and helps to manage NCC nature reserves across the Island . 

Julie is currently working on a project to raise funds to protect some mature forest sites in Howe Bay, PEI, and a portion of the Cascumpec Sandhills in Cascumpec Harbour.  

Previous winners of the Honourable J Angus MacLean Natural Areas Award include: Jackie Waddell (2015); Charles Perret and Gloria McKinnon-Perret (2014); Upton Farmland Trust (2013); and Dr Douglas Sobey (2012).

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