Province will protect more parcels of land

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Minister of Communities, Land and Environment, Robert Mitchell and Kate MacQuarrie, director of forest, fish and wildlife for 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.

The newly protected sites equate to about 375 hectares

By Chris Gregory

The Guardian

The province has begun the process to protect 16 more pieces of land.

The newly protected sites equate to about 375 hectares spread across Percival River, Townsend Woodlot, Trout River Woodlands and Bonshaw Hills Woodlands.

Megan Harris, executive director of Island Nature Trust, says having these areas protected will have a big impact on the wildlife.

Be it songbirds in pring 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.”

Minister of Communities, Land and Environment Robert Mitchell, said Wednesday’s announcement was a great step in the right direction for the province.

“This designation is a celebration of Prince Edward Island,” he said.

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.”

Organizations: Island Nature Trust

Geographic location: Percival River, Prince Edward Island

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Recent comments

  • DarwinsLaw
    February 29, 2016 - 21:47

    Great news, get out and enjoy this new public resource! Its good for the soul and will help to remove those negetitive thoughts we see in the comments section.

  • Great Job!!!
    February 29, 2016 - 09:34

    That's fantastic news. Hopefully government will continue to protect more natural areas of PEI. The value for future generations is the key. Money well spent!!! Thank You

    • andycapp
      February 29, 2016 - 16:00

      Fantastic news my foot. This is nothing but another make work project for more government employees. Absolute waste of tax money. For all you folks out there who believe the BS the government daily throws at you keep in mind that its the government who is destroying the natural areas by letting terrible farming practices slide, tire pits in duck ponds, mountains of garbage in land fills, plan B and the list just keeps going. WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY.

  • twelve percent not seven
    February 28, 2016 - 18:21

    Ah PEI, always shooting for the bottom of the barrel. Every other province is going for 12% (the UN recommended minimum) of its landmass as protected. But PEI goes for 7%. Once again, Wade shows how far behind PEI is from the rest of the western world.

  • mary
    February 28, 2016 - 15:05


  • don
    February 28, 2016 - 12:47

    how much tax payers was spend on this land? and how many liberals sold there land at a high cost of sale?? and we should protect more then 7%.

    • joker
      February 29, 2016 - 07:29

      So you complain about the acquisition in your first 2 lines, then go on to complain that not enough is being done. Makes sense....

  • Hope it's true
    February 28, 2016 - 12:16

    This is good news if it's true. The way the Liberaks work though is to protect it, sell/give it to a supporter then sell it. Let's hope protect means just yhat