International business consultant Ann Worth joins NCC
Regional board meets in Charlottetown October 3 and 4
Preserving more of Atlantic Canada’s unique natural landscapes and key wildlife habitats will be the main topic of discussion when the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC’s) regional board of directors meet October 3 and 4 in Charlottetown.
NCC board members will be joined by Ann Worth, a PEI-based international business consultant and outdoor enthusiast recently appointed to the board. Worth has served in leadership positions in the private and not-for-profit sectors, including Meetings and Conventions Prince Edward Island, PEI Aquaculture Alliance and Atlantic Canada Food Export Partnership (now Food and Beverage Atlantic).
“Ann brings management expertise and a wealth of knowledge to the Nature Conservancy of Canada from her experience in organizational leadership, growth consulting and sustainable business development, and we are thrilled to have her with us,” said Lanna Campbell, PEI program director for the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Worth and lawyer Ryan McCarville serve as the Island’s representatives on NCC’s board. “With Ann and Ryan on our team, we look forward to making progress on several conservation priorities during the next year,” added Campbell.
On PEI, the Nature Conservancy of Canada is working to protect rare, intact salt marshes and other coastal habitats.
NCC is also working to conserve PEI’s older Acadian forests, which provide some of the most critical habitats for wildlife. Acadian forest is the original native forest of the Maritimes, which features a diverse mix of more than 30 species of trees. Less than five per cent of older Acadian forest remains in the region.
"Older forests and intact salt marshes are some of our most productive and beneficial ecosystems,” added Campbell. “They not only benefit wildlife, they protect our communities’ air and water quality and act as buffers for climate change. PEI’s natural areas are under pressure, and conserving the salt marshes and coastal forests that remain, like our current project in Abrams Village, is one of the most important things we can do for our province.”
NCC board members will also review a new report issued in the journal Science that revealed that 2.9 billion birds have disappeared from Canada and the United States since 1970.
Habitat loss is a major reason behind a reported 29 per cent drop in bird populations in the last 50 years, and shorebird species are among the most seriously affected.
“This finding reinforces why private land conservation is so important,” said John Foley, NCC vice-president for Atlantic Canada. “Prince Edward Island may be small compared to other provinces, but it has a vital role in helping sustain various bird species. By working with private landowners to conserve more coastal habitats, we hope to contribute to a rebound for some of these species before it’s too late.”
The board members will also discuss a new conservation target issued by the federal government that calls upon Canadian land trusts to protect 200,000 hectares (more than 494,200 acres) of land and water over the next four years and allocates a total of $100 million for conservation projects. The federal funding, provided through Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Natural Heritage Conservation Program, requires land trusts to raise matching funds from private donors. The program is aimed at conserving key habitats for wildlife, and at the same time, preserving wetlands, forests, coastal areas and grasslands that mitigate the impacts of climate change.
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