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Land donation adds to Lunenburg County sanctuary for endangered turtles

A Blanding's turtle.
Lynn Curwin/Truro Daily News
A Blanding's turtle. Lynn Curwin/Truro Daily News

Forty-five hectares of donated land in Lunenburg County is slated to be protected as critical habitat for the province’s most endangered turtle.

Gail Freeman donated the land, which the Nova Scotia Nature Trust will use to grow its Barren Meadow Blanding’s turtle sanctuary near Colpton, northwest of Bridgewater.

“Nova Scotians have generously stepped up twice before to help the Nature Trust purchase two adjacent properties on Barren Meadow,” the charitable land conservation organization said in a news release.

“With surrounding Crown lands pending designation as a nature reserve, there are only a few land parcels missing to complete a contiguous corridor of essential habitat for the turtles and other imperiled plants and wildlife. And now, the owners of one of these crucial missing pieces has generouslystepped forward to add their land to the sanctuary.”

There are only about 350 Blanding’s turtles left in the province and few intact habitats left anywhere in Canada, according to the Nature Trust.

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