Land donation expands Nature Conservancy of Canada’s wildlife corridor project near Sackville
Thanks to a land donation in Halls Hills, near Sackville, there is more progress for one of the Maritimes’ most vital conservation corridors. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has protected an additional 7 hectares (18 acres) of mature forest and wetlands on the Chignecto Isthmus, the narrow link between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
The new addition is the second property on the Chignecto Isthmus donated to NCC by the late Daniel Lund of Sackville. It will help provide an important link between land already conserved by NCC and the Tintamarre National Wildlife Area, managed by Environment and Climate Change Canada.
With this donation NCC has conserved 1,390 hectares (3,440 acres) on the Chignecto Isthmus for its wildlife corridor, an ongoing conservation project to secure wilderness for moose and other large mammals. A key goal of the project is to help connect New Brunswick’s healthy moose population with Nova Scotia’s mainland moose population, which has been listed as endangered under the Nova Scotia Endangered Species Act since 2003.
Through donations and strategic acquisitions, NCC’s numerous conservation areas on the Chignecto Isthmus are helping connect existing federal and provincial conservation areas and secure a safe and permanent wilderness corridor for wildlife through one of the busiest transportation hubs in the region. If wilderness is not conserved on the Chignecto Isthmus, Nova Scotia risks becoming an “ecological island,” and the health and size of its wildlife populations will decline.
NCC’s newest conservation area in Halls Hills is mainly forest, with mature black, red and white spruce. Conserving forest cover here enables the movement of wildlife populations. NCC staff surveying the new nature reserve found evidence of snowshoe hare, white-tailed deer, black bear and moose. A small wetland in the nature reserve, along with extensive wetlands in the surrounding area, provide important habitat for many species of waterfowl and other migratory birds.
Conservation of this property was made possible by the generous donation of the Lund family and through funding from the Government of Canada’s Natural Areas Conservation Program. Additional funds were provided by the Crabtree Foundation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act.
“The Nature Conservancy of Canada wishes to thank Kenneth Lund, brother of the late Daniel Lund, for assisting with this legacy donation, and for previously donating land co-owned with Daniel. We would also like to thank the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for its support, and the Government of Canada for helping us conserve this important wildlife habitat through the Natural Areas Conservation Program.”
Craig Smith, Nature Conservancy of Canada
“The conservation of additional land on the Chignecto Isthmus in New Brunswick will protect important wildlife. On behalf of my colleague the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, I welcome the progress made here today. With partners like the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the Lund family, and Canadians throughout the country, we are working to double the amount of protected nature across Canada’s lands and oceans.”
Bill Casey, Member of Parliament for Cumberland-Colchester
“My brother Daniel liked the quiet stream running through this property. He would be happy to think of deer and moose drinking at his stream, and to know the land has been conserved according to his wishes, and will always remain its natural state.”
Kenneth Lund, brother to the late Daniel Lund, NCC land donor
• NCC’s conservation projects on the Chignecto Isthmus are known as the “Moose Sex Project,” a tongue-in-cheek campaign to raise awareness about this regionally important wildlife corridor between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
• New Brunswick has a healthy moose population, estimated at 31,800 in 2015, whereas Nova Scotia’s mainland population is provincially endangered and estimated to number in the hundreds.
• The Chignecto Isthmus is located along the Atlantic Flyway, an important North American route for migratory birds. Extensive freshwater wetlands on the Chignecto Isthmus provide vital resting and feeding areas for many species.
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) across the country. The Nature Conservancy of Canada has conserved 31,000 hectares (77,000 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.
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