Keeping tidal and coastal erosion at bay on PEI
Nature Conservancy of Canada announces new project near Abram-Village
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is sharing some positive news for Prince Edward Island’s natural environment. With the help of private donors and funding partners, the not-for-profit charity has purchased over 10 hectares (25 acres) of coastal forest and wetland habitat. Located along Route 11 in Maximeville, this acquisition expands the NCC’s Abram-Village nature reserve to 99 hectares (245 acres).
The site surrounds an important salt marsh area that is nesting habitat for many different kinds of birds, including great blue heron, red-breasted merganser, belted kingfisher and common goldeneye. By conserving forested land next to the salt marsh and not seeing it harvested, NCC is helping the community better adapt to climate change, coastal erosion, more frequent storm events and rising sea levels.
Very little of Prince Edward Island’s salt marsh habitat remains. In fact, just one per cent of PEI’s landmass is made up of salt marshes, which are important for both wildlife and local communities.
NCC thanks the many generous donors on Prince Edward Island who gave monetarily to help conserve this beautiful area. In addition to those private donors, funds were provided by the Government of Canada, through the Natural Heritage Conservation Program and by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act.
“Coastal forests like this one aren’t often available for conservation, and the location of this one is strategically important. Salt marshes are unique habitats for waterfowl but they also help fight climate change and coastal erosion, which many of our Atlantic communities are concerned with. Salt marshes provide a buffer from the crashing waves and also capture and store carbon.”
- Lanna Campbell, PEI program director with the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
“It is great to see this important coastal forest and wetland habitat in Prince Edward Island protected, for now and for generations to come. By protecting more nature, particularly the land surrounding salt marshes, we are fighting climate change, adapting to its impacts, and safeguarding a healthier future for our children and grandchildren.”
– The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
“ I am pleased to be part of today’s announcement on the expansion of Abram-Village nature reserve in Maximeville, preserving the natural buffer, protecting the habitat for migratory birds and preventing coastal erosion. It is important for a small province like Prince Edward Island to have protected natural areas for future generations. Thanks to the Nature Conservancy of Canada and its partners for initiating this project.”
– Robert Morrissey, Member of Parliament for Egmont
- Salt marshes played an important role in PEI’s history. Salt marsh hay was a valuable resource that helped pioneering families survive long winters by providing feed for their livestock. Unfortunately, many salt marshes were drastically altered in the process of harvesting the marsh hay and rich “mussel mud,” which was used as fertilizer. The result is that PEI’s coastline has fewer intact salt marshes than other parts of Atlantic Canada.
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 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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