© (Photo by NCC)
The Nature Conservancy of Canada has helped protect over 4,650 acres of sensitive wetlands, forested areas and coastal shoreline across Prince Edward Island, including this site on Boughton Island near Cardigan in 2007.
As the days get shorter and the leaves change colour, autumn is the perfect time to reflect on all that we have to be thankful for, such as friends, family, and the way nature enriches our lives.
As the nation’s leading, not-for-profit, private land conservation organization, Canada’s Nature Conservancy is grateful for the support received from individuals and groups here in Prince Edward Island to protect habitats and wildlife, including species at risk.
In doing so, we also save our unique natural heritage in perpetuity for our children and grand-children. Thank you so much for your support for land conservation.
A science driven, non-advocacy group, the Nature Conservancy of Canada has worked in 25 different project areas across Prince Edward Island, helping protect 4,656 acres of ecologically significant wetlands, forest land and coastal shorelines.
This has been accomplished through land purchases, donations and conservation agreements with willing land owners and working with partners.
You may have already visited some of NCC’s properties in our region to hike, bird watch, take photos, kayak, do geocaching or help us build new footpaths, plant trees or simply recharge the batteries taking time for nature.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada has played a constructive role preserving special places in Prince Edward Island by acquiring the land or by making a funding contribution towards its conservation. Here are just some of areas we have helped: Canavoy Beaches area, 974 acres; Mount Albion, 686 acres; Boughton Island, 394 acres; Deroche Point, 366 acres; Blooming Point, 247 acres; Conway Sandhills, 350 acres; Malpeque Bay, 198 acres; Egmont Bay, 166 acres; Morell River, 147 acres; Rayner’s Pond, 147 acres; Basin Head Harbour 141 acres; Murray River, 100 acres; Governors Island, 84 acres; Hillsborough River, 38 acres; Reynolds Island, 31 acres; St. Peters Harbour, 34 acres; Indian Rive 25 acres; Brudenell, 15 acres.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada wishes to thank the Government of Canada and its Natural Areas Conservation Program for helping accelerate the pace of land conservation in Prince Edward Island. For every dollar provided by Environment Canada, NCC matches it with two dollars and sometimes three dollars raised from other sources. The Government of Prince Edward Island has also made contributions to some of our conservation projects.
However, we need your help to expand our work and take advantage of conservation opportunities now and in the coming weeks.
We have agreements with willing landowners, conditional on funding.
However, if we are unable to raise the matching private funds, these conservation opportunities could be lost. These sites provide crucial habitat for wildlife and migratory birds, ducks and the nationally endangered piping plover.
With charitable contributions from you, NCC will ensure these natural areas will be safeguarded while maximizing federal dollars here in this province.
People can have confidence in donating to the Nature Conservancy of Canada. We are the country’s top-rated environmental group, according to MoneySense Magazine’s top 100 Charity index. We have been given top marks (A+) for four years running. NCC was rated highest of all environmental charities for our accountability, efficiency and governance. More than 85 cents of every dollar raised by NCC goes directly into on the ground projects.
For more information on NCC’s work in Prince Edward Island and to find out how you can support our efforts, please contact me at (902) 569-8400 ext 173 or by e-mail: email@example.com. You can also find us at www.natureconservancy.ca and follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@NCC_CNC).
By Julie Vasseur
- Julie Vasseur is program manager with the Nature Conservancy of Canada in P.E.I.