The Nature Conservancy of Canada Celebrates by Protecting a 54-acre
Natural Treasure in PEI.
PRINCE COUNTY, PEI, June 22, 2011 /CNW/ - Every day, Canadians are
stepping forward to help protect the natural areas that define our
country. In celebration of the many gifts from Canadians who care about
our natural heritage, and in time for Canada Day, the Nature
Conservancy of Canada (NCC) announces the protection of 54 acres (22
hectares) of land near the Town of Alberton.
The property is on the Conway Sand Hills, part of the Prince Edward
Island Coast and Forest Natural Area. The Conway Sand Hills is a
741-acre (300-hectare) sand dune and wetlands system. The off-shore
islands and sandy beaches found on the Conway Sand Hills feature the
most secluded nestling areas in Prince Edward Island. They are
ecologically rich and critical to the lifecycles of many populations of
waterfowl and shorebirds. Species that are able to nest in the area
include the Common Tern, as well as the endangered Piping Plover.
Partnership is at the heart of NCC's work. Many gifts from Canadians
have made it possible for NCC to secure this property. These forces for
nature include: a private citizen who wishes to remain anonymous,
Amalgamated Dairies Limited, Environment Canada, Fred and Shirley
Hyndman, Gladys Hayman and P.E.I. Mutual Insurance Company. The
Government of Canada's Natural Areas Conservation Program is a unique
public-private partnership helps non-government organizations secure
ecologically sensitive lands to ensure the protection of our country's
diverse ecosystems, wildlife and habitat.
You can join with NCC and became a force for nature this Canada Day.
Stand up and be counted. Add your name to the growing list of Canadians who believe protecting
native habitat and wildlife is critically important to our future.
Join NCC's Conservation Volunteers program. You can join friends, family and NCC experts at events throughout the
year and help care for some of Canada's most important natural areas.
Make a gift to NCC. You can celebrate a loved one, friend, teacher, or perhaps a favourite
Canadian species, or a beloved landscape by making a donation today.
"The Conway Sand Hills are the Island's wilderness," said Diane Griffin,
NCC program manager for Prince Edward Island. "They are extremely
important for the conservation of sand dunes and salt marshes as well
as the wildlife that thrives there."
"Properties like this one speak to the rich natural beauty of Prince
Edward Island," said Doug Deacon, an Atlantic Regional board member and
chair of NCC (PEI). "The iconic sand dunes that foster rich habitat for
species at risk also are an important part of who we are as Islanders
and the natural and cultural heritage of the province. The protection
of this property is a major step forward for the protection of PEI's
"This acquisition marks another achievement under our government's
Natural Areas Conservation Program. With this investment, we are taking
real action to protect and conserve our ecosystems and sensitive
species for present and future generations," said Environment Canada
Minister Peter Kent. "Your actions today will help to protect the
abundance and variety of life that will constitute an integral part of
our natural heritage tomorrow."
This Canada Day, the Nature Conservancy of Canada has protected over
7,870 acres (3,185 hectares) of natural heritage for all Canadians to
enjoy. This is the equivalent to 32 square kilometres. As a
comparison, Prince Edward Island National Park is 22 square kilometres.
For a complete list of NCC's 10 Canada Day announcements and the forces
of nature behind them visit, www.natureconservancy.ca/Gifts2011.
Many other species of shorebirds also use this area for feeding during
migration and the adjacent Conway Narrows is a major feeding area for
Donations to the Nature Conservancy of Canada deliver results you can
walk on - 85% of donations go directly to protecting fragile landscapes
Almost 1,200 volunteers contributed approximately 7,300 hours of
volunteer work through the Conservation Volunteers program last year.
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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 2 million acres (800,000
hectares), coast to coast. NCC has conserved 4,200 acres on PEI (1,700
hectares). To learn more visit: www.natureconservancy.ca
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SOURCE Nature Conservancy of Canada
For further information:
Andrew Holland, NCC Communications Manager (Atlantic Region) 1-877-231-4400