NCC Purchases Two Wetland Sites on the Acadian Penninsula

posted on March 11th, 2016 by
NCC Purchases Two Wetland Sites on the Acadian Penninsula

The Nature Conservancy of Canada has purchased two strategic pieces of land to add to the conservation puzzle on New Brunswick’s Acadian Peninsula.

The not-for-profit land conservation organization has announced it has acquired 41 hectares (101 acres).

The two properties are located near Le Goulet and the mouth of the Tabusintac River.

The first site in Baie du Petit-Pokemouche, near Le Goulet, is entirely salt marsh, protected from the Gulf of St. Lawrence by the Pokemouche Beaches fronting the property.

The beaches of Pokemouche are known to provide habitat for nationally endangered piping plover.

The property is located within the Beaches of Pokemouche and Grand Passage Important Bird Area, and in close proximity to the Inkerman Migratory Bird Sanctuary that supports important colonies of black-crowned night herons. Great blue herons nest here as well and feed in the salt marshes around the bay.  The area is used by black ducks along with other migratory waterfowl and shorebirds such as greater and lesser yellowlegs, red knots, and willets.

The second property is within the Tabusintac River Lagoon and Estuary which has been recognized as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar convention for its importance to migratory waterfowl and the nationally endangered piping plover.

These conservation projects were supported by funding from the Government of Canada through the Natural Areas Conservation Program, the New Brunswick Regional Development Corporation, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, corporate sponsor Groupe Savoie and the Acadian Peninsula Commuity Foundation.

While celebrating today’s success, the Nature Conservancy of Canada is building more momentum in the region. It is fundraising to protect another 130 hectares (316 acres) of important coastal habitat on the Acadian Peninsula including beaches, dunes, coastal wetlands and forest habitats near Barryville on the Miramichi Bay and on the west side of Miscou Island.

Those interested in supporting our new projects and learning more about our work can contact 1-877-231-44001-877-231-4400 FREE or visit our website at www.natureconservancy.ca/nb.

Quotes:

“The Nature Conservancy of Canada is pleased to add these two key sites which provide important habitat for many birds for our conservation efforts on the Acadian Peninsula” said Paula Noel, NCC Program Director for New Brunswick. “Protecting coastal lands also provides benefits for local communities by helping to mitigate the impacts of storms and sea level rise associated with a changing climate”

“Through the Natural Areas Conservation Program, the Government of Canada is proud to work with the Nature Conservancy of Canada to support the protection of this important bird habitat in New Brunswick,” said the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

“The Province of New Brunswick is pleased to partner with the Nature Conservancy of Canada on these two important projects on the Acadian Peninsula,” said Hon. Bill Fraser, Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister and minister responsible for the Northern and Miramichi Funds. “Our partnership with the Nature Conservancy of Canada will help protect our natural habitat.”

Facts:

  • The Nature Conservancy of Canada has protected over 445 hectares (1,100 acres) of land around the Tabusintac Estuary since 1993.
  • The sandy beaches on the Acadian Peninsula provide important nesting habitat for the nationally endangered piping plovers. There are an estimated 12,000 –13,000 of these birds remaining in the world.
  • Donations of ecologically significant land to qualified conservation organizations can be eligible for enhanced tax benefits under Environment Canada’s Ecological Gifts program.
  • These projects were completed under the auspices of the Eastern Habitat Joint Venture (EHJV). Since 1989, EHJV partners have been delivering wetland-habitat conservation projects in Eastern Canada’s six provinces as part of the continental North American Waterfowl Management Plan. For more information visit www.ehjv.ca.

Learn More:

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is the nation’s leading 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), coast to coast. The Nature Conservancy of Canada has conserved 28,000 hectares, (over 69,000 acres), in the Atlantic provinces. For more information visit: www.natureconservancy.ca/nb.

The Government of Canada’s Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP) is a unique public-private partnership led by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). To date, $345 million has been invested in the NACP by the Government of Canada to secure our natural heritage. Additionally, more than $400 million in matching contributions has been raised by NCC and its partners.

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