Nature Conservancy purchasing two properties in Prince County

Colin MacLean
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SUMMERSIDE– The Nature Conservancy of Canada is set to launch one of its largest projects ever on P.E.I.

 

The non-governmental organization has reached purchasing agreements with two Prince County landholders for more than 160 acres of woodland and salt marsh in the North Enmore and Victoria West areas.

Julie Vasseur, P.E.I. program manager for the conservancy, said these two parcels of land represent ecosystems that are becoming increasingly rare on the Island.

“We kind of focus on this area because of the intact salt marsh along the river. It’s not easy to come by anymore on P.E.I. so when we find a good piece of salt marsh, we like to conserve it,” said Vasseur.

The marshy areas of the properties are popular foraging ground of waterfowl in the spring and fall, she added, while the forested sections are good examples of historic P.E.I. woodlands.

These two properties are among four that the conservancy is looking to purchase on P.E.I. this year. The other two properties include 22 acres of dunes and beach in St. Peter’s Harbour and Thomas Island in Murray Harbour.

All these projects means it’s a big year for the conservancy on the Island, said Vasseur.

The big purchases are mostly the result of new federal money promised to the conservancy in 2013 finally filtering down to the local level.

However, the conservancy is still looking for private and corporate donations to help raise the required funds to purchase these lands.

They need about $51,000 in public donations to help cover the costs of the two Prince County projects.

Anyone who would like to make a donation can call 1-877-231-4400 or go online to www.natureconservancy.ca.

In total, the conservancy has helped to protect 4,500 acres of land on P.E.I.

As a registered charity, the conservancy uses public and privately raised funds to purchase environmentally sensitive or unique lands and hold them in trust for public.

Colin.MacLean@JournalPioneer.com

@JournalPMacLean

Geographic location: P.E.I., Prince, North Enmore Victoria West Thomas Island Murray Harbour

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