NEW ANNAN, N.S.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is working to conserve a remote property in Colchester County that contains mature forest and provides valuable habitat for Nova Scotia’s endangered mainland moose and other species.
“This is an opportunity for Nova Scotians who love wildlife to help conserve an outstanding forest habitat for the endangered mainland moose,” NCC’s Nova Scotia Program director Craig Smith said in a news release.
“This area also provides excellent habitat for bobcat, bear, and at-risk species of birds.”
The habitat-protected area is located in the New Annan section (near Tatamagouche) of the Cobequid Hills, property that was once the site of a maple syrup operation. The surrounding forest is dominated by hardwoods, including old sugar maple and the NCC is working with a private landowner to conserve the property.
“It’s very rare in Nova Scotia to find such a healthy, intact older forest like this one and we see this as an urgent priority for protection,” Smith said.
In order to successfully protect the property, the NCC needs to raise $162,500 by the end of the year.
As a charitable land trust the group can access matching funds from foundations, businesses and the Government of Canada through the Natural Areas Conservation Program.
All donations are eligible for a charitable tax receipt.
– The Nature Conservancy of Canada is the nation's leading land conservation organization;
– Its aim is to protect the most important natural areas and the species they sustain;
– Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped to protect more than 1.1 million hectares (2.8 million acres), coast to coast;
– The Nature Conservancy of Canada has protected more than 34,000 acres (13,800 hectares) of ecologically significant land in Nova Scotia.