HALLS HILL, NB, Nov. 9, 2011 /CNW/ - Canada's Minister of the
Environment, the Honourable Peter Kent, today announced the Nature
Conservancy of Canada's successful acquisition of three Chignecto
Isthmus properties in New Brunswick totalling 166 hectares, all located
near the community of Halls Hill, New Brunswick, as well as
137 hectares of land near Amherst, Nova Scotia. These properties were
secured in part with funding from Environment Canada's Natural Areas
"This acquisition marks another achievement under our government's
Natural Areas Conservation Program," said Minister Kent. "With this
investment, we are taking real action to protect and conserve our
ecosystems and sensitive species for present and future generations.
Your actions today will help to protect the abundance and variety of
life that will constitute an integral part of our natural heritage
These properties are located in the Northern Appalachian-Acadian
Ecoregion. They all form part of the Chignecto Isthmus, a narrow land
bridge that connects Nova Scotia to New Brunswick and beyond. This
bridge serves as the only route for terrestrial wildlife to move in and
out of Nova Scotia. The conservation of these properties will help
ensure the continued natural movement of plants and wildlife across
this important land bridge.
Species found in this natural area include the provincially endangered
Mainland Moose and Canada Lynx. Habitat is also provided for a variety
of bird and mammal species such as the Bobcat and the Northern Goshawk,
and the area is a potential nesting site for the American Black Duck,
Green-winged Teal and Wood Duck. Two rare plants were found on the Nova
Scotia property: the Halberd-leaved Tearthumb and Lesser Wintergreen.
"Through conservation planning and habitat restoration, future
generations of Canadians will be able to enjoy this important area,"
said the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans,
Minister for the Atlantic Gateway and Member of Parliament for
Fredericton. "The diversity of the habitat in this area helps species
that call this land home thrive and survive.''
"All Atlantic Canadians feel a special connection to our unique
environment and we know that we all play a part in ensuring that future
generations get to enjoy the splendour and beauty of the Atlantic
playground," said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National
Defence and Member of Parliament for Central-Nova. "Our government's
relationship with the Nature Conservancy of Canada is one step towards
restoring, conserving and enhancing our region's natural treasures.''
"The Nature Conservancy of Canada recognizes the critical importance of
the Chignecto Isthmus for interconnectivity and the long term viability
of wildlife populations in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick," said Linda
Stephenson, Regional Vice President for the Atlantic Region of the
Nature Conservancy of Canada. "We are committed to cross-border work in
partnership with Environment Canada in an effort to ensure the
Chignecto Isthmus remains an active corridor for wildlife movement."
"The Government of Canada is committed to the long-term conservation of
biological diversity and to working with partners, such as the Nature
Conservancy of Canada, to protect Canada's natural treasures," said
Scott Armstrong, Member of Parliament for
The Government of Canada's $225-million Natural Areas Conservation
Program is an important on-the-ground initiative that takes real action
to preserve Canada's environment and conserve its precious natural
heritage for present and future generations. It is through the ongoing
contribution from all donors that the protection of natural areas in
Canada can be ensured. As of March 2011, the Natural Areas Conservation
Program has protected 160,796 hectares of habitat, which includes
habitat for 101 species at risk.
For more information and to view a backgrounder on this announcement,
please visit the Web site of Environment Canada at http://www.ec.gc.ca/.
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