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Minister of Communities, Land and Environment Robert Mitchell and Kate MacQuarrie, with the Department of Agriculture and Forestry, check out the map laying out the 16 pieces of Bonshaw land that the province will be acquiring under the Natural Areas Protection Act.
Prince Edward Island has picked up 16 pieces of land to protect.
The newly protected sites equate to about 375 hectares of land spread across Percival River, Townsend Woodlot, Trout River Woodlands and Bonshaw Hills Woodlands.
“This designation is a celebration of Prince Edward Island,” said Minister of Communities, Land and Environment, Robert Mitchell.
The provincial government's goal is to protect seven per cent of the Island's land. Wednesday's announcement brings the total to 3.44 per cent.
“We’ll continue to work to that seven per cent that we’ve been trying to reach,” said Mitchell.
“It’s a continuous step. It’s a process and we continue to work on that.”
Megan Harris is the executive director of Island Nature Trust. She says having these areas protected will have a big impact on the wildlife.
Be it songbirds come spring and summertime, or the Atlantic salmon that spawn from the nearby rivers, there will be many benefits to having these specific areas designated.
“It’s pretty important. It feels very comfortable now to have that area protected,” she said.
“For this parcel, the end goal is to manage it responsibly so that the conservation aspects and values are not lost.”