Moose Sex Wilderness Project Gets a Boost
Two more ecologically important areas totaling 137 hectares are now conserved on Chignecto Isthmus, linking with Nova Scotia with New Brunswick and the rest of North America.
The sites are located in Haute Aboujagane and near Upper Cape. The Nature Conservancy (NCC) has now conserved 1,227 hectares on the Isthmus.
The announcement was made Tuesday by NCC program director Paula Noel and Dominic LeBlanc, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Member of Parliament for Beauséjour.
“The NCC wishes to thank Environment Canada, our project supporters and in particular our donors for entrusting their lands to us,” said Noel. “From an ecological, conservation and biological perspective, maintaining a connected landscape for large mammals to move freely between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia is incredibly important for the long term health of wildlife populations.”
Together, they showed a map of the Chignecto Isthmus area which highlighted the new protected lands. They included two generous land donations under the Ecological Gifts Program. This program, by the Government of Canada, provides enhanced tax incentives for individuals or corporations who donate ecologically significant land.
“Our government is taking real action to protect Canada’s natural treasures. By working together and investing in our environment, we will build a Canada that we are proud of for many generations to come,” said LeBlanc.
The Haute Aboujagane property is the second donation of conservation land in New Brunswick by Joan and Derek Burney. Mr. Burney is a former diplomat and Canadian Ambassador to the United States.
The property near Upper Cape was donated by a family who wishes to remain anonymous.
The Chignecto Isthmus, a narrow 23 kilometre stretch of land separatiny the Bay of Fundy from the Gulf of St. Lawrence, is a priority for NCC. The goal is to set aside impact forests and wetlands that provide a structural land connection between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. It provides habitat that allows the natural movement for moose, bobcat and various other species. The area is also an important stopover for migrating waterfowl and is home to rare plant communities.
These conservation projects were made possible through contributions from Environment Canada. NCC also wishes to acknowledge and thank other organizations for their support including The Gosling Foundation, Crabtree Foundation, The Lockhart Foundation and the New Brunswick Wildlife Trust Fund along with many individual donors.
Article Credit: The Nature Conservancy of Canada
Photo Caption: Nature Conservancy of Canada program director, Paula Noel, and local MP Dominic Leblanc, hold a map showing the progress being made for protected lands on New Brunswick’s Chignecto Isthmus.
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