Peat bog at the Mel and Camilla MacPhee Nature Reserve in Kingsboro (photo by Sean Landsman)

Peat bog at the Mel and Camilla MacPhee Nature Reserve in Kingsboro (photo by Sean Landsman)

Dolan brothers donate PEI forest for conservation

August 26, 2020
Souris, PEI

 

Donation expands MacPhee Nature Reserve near Souris

Thanks to the generosity of brothers Tony Dolan and Liam Dolan, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has conserved 14 hectares (35 acres) of hardwood forest in Kingsboro, in eastern Kings County. Originally from Galway, Ireland, the Dolan brothers are well-known in Charlottetown and have made many contributions to their adopted home. Tony, now retired, was a long-time accessibility advocate, and Liam is the chef and owner of Peakes Quay.

The Dolan brothers donated the forested land in Kingsboro to help expand NCC’s Camilla and Mel MacPhee Nature Reserve. Conserved last summer, and now with the addition of the Dolan property, the nature reserve is now 126 hectares (311 acres) and includes a large, ecologically significant wetland.

The Kingsboro area provides vital forest and wetland habitat for wildlife listed under Canada’s Species at Risk Act, such as eastern wood-pewee (special concern) and Canada warbler (threatened), as well as many provincially rare species of plants. The nature reserve is valuable for conservation, as it is located about halfway between East Baltic Bog and Basin Head Marine Protected Area, creating a larger network of protected areas in eastern PEI.

This land conservation project was made possible through the generosity of private donors and funding from the Government of Canada’s Natural Heritage Conservation Program, part of Canada’s Nature Fund. A portion of this project was donated by the Dolan family to the Nature Conservancy of Canada with support from the Government of Canada’s Ecological Gifts Program. This program provides enhanced tax benefits for individuals or corporations donating ecologically significant land. NCC would also like to thank other project contributors, including the American Friends of Canadian Nature.

Quotes

"We are thrilled to be conserving more of this special forest, and we are very grateful to the Dolan brothers for this donation. It has been wonderful getting to know Liam and Tony and seeing their generosity toward their adopted home. I would also like to thank the federal government for its support of this conservation project through the Natural Heritage Conservation Program. We welcome the opportunity to work with landowners wishing to conserve more land in Kingsboro.”  - Lanna Campbell, PEI program director for the Nature Conservancy of Canada

“My brother and I found a very warm welcome when we moved from Ireland to Prince Edward Island 40 years ago. We made this gift of Kingsboro land to the Nature Conservancy of Canada as a way of saying thank you to Islanders for embracing us. Long after we’re gone, this land will remain, protected for nature and for people, and a tribute to this special part of the world.” -Tony Dolan, land donor

“By working with partners like the Nature Conservancy of Canada and landowners like the Dolan brothers, we are protecting nature in Prince Edward Island and across the country. Through programs like the Canada Nature Fund’s Natural Heritage Conservation Program and the Ecological Gifts Program, we are making important progress toward our goal of conserving a quarter of Canada’s land by 2025.” - The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

“Congratulations to the Nature Conservancy of Canada on the conservation of 14 additional hectares to expand the Mel and Camilla MacPhee Nature Reserve in Kingsboro, thanks to a generous donation from Tony and Liam Dolan. With help from partners like the Nature Conservancy of Canada and landowners like the Dolans, we can preserve our island’s natural legacy for generations to come.” - The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament for Cardigan

About

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 14 million hectares (35 million acres), coast to coast to coast. The Nature Conservancy of Canada has protected 32,845 hectares (81,163 acres) of ecologically significant land in Atlantic Canada. To learn more, visit natureconservancy.ca.

The Government of Canada’s Natural Heritage Conservation Program (NHCP) is a unique public-private partnership to support new protected and conserved areas by securing private lands and private interests in lands. The program is managed by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). Federal funds invested in the program are matched with contributions raised by NCC and its partners, Ducks Unlimited Canada and the country’s land trust community.

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