Nature conservancy creates new nature preserve near Baie Verte

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Daniel and Kenneth Lund is a strategic location for conservation

The Moose Sex Project has received a significant boost with the donation of 82 hectares near Baie Verte, N.B.

The Moose Sex Project has received a significant boost with the donation of 82 hectares near Baie Verte, N.B.

BAIE VERTE, N.B. – The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), has received a donation of 82 hectares of land in a key conservation area on the New Brunswick side of the Chignecto Isthmus.

The land, located along Route 16, roughly six kilometres from the community of Baie Verte, has been donated by Kenneth Lund and his late brother Daniel Lund of Sackville. The Daniel and Kenneth Lund Nature Preserve is in a strategic location for conservation, between the Missiquash Marsh and the Tintamarre National Wildlife Area. It is located at the narrowest part of the Isthmus and contains one of the few mature forests in that area.  NCC had aleady protected another 410 acres nearby and over 2,000 acres across the Chignecto Isthmus.

“Daniel had a strong motivation for nature and the environment as do I. He was delighted to be part of an organization that is now preserving an area to be used by animals and by people in its natural form,” said Kenneth Lund.  “We are interested in the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s preservation of local habitat so our love of the land doesn’t disappear. The paths that animals can take are getting narrower and narrower and so we are thrilled and excited that these wetlands and this natural space will be sustained for animals that are native to the area so they may roam, use, thrive.”

Nature Preserve contains large stands of red and white spruce trees along with balsam fir and birch. A wetland of about 15 hectares is dominated by black spruce and shrubs and grasses which give habitat to nesting song birds. 

The Chignecto Isthmus, only 23 kilometres across at its narrowest, joins Nova Scotia to New Brunswick and the rest of the continent.  It is an ecological land bridge for terrestrial species and the only route for wildlife to move in and out of Nova Scotia.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada has placed a high priority on this area because it provides habitat for moose, endangered Canada lynx, bobcat, bear and is an important stopover for migrating waterbirds.  

The dedication and concern shared by Mr. Daniel and Mr Kenneth Lund for their land in the Isthmus was evident while dealing with them through this Ecological Gift process,” said Denise Roy, Nature Conservancy of Canada Conservation Representative  “The donation of their land will help NCC reach our conservation goal in this wildlife corridor.  We are truly grateful for their vision and generosity.”

The donated land is known to support moose, which - while secure in New Brunswick -are ranked as endangered in mainland Nova Scotia. It is hoped that maintaining a healthy population and connected landscape on the New Brunswick side of the border will encourage movement of moose and genetic exchange between the two provinces. 

In addition recognizing to the Lund family, the Nature Conservancy of Canada wishes to acknowledge financial contributions to the project from the Open Space Institute in upstate New York and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act along with local individual donors.

 

Facts

- The Daniel and Kenneth Lund Nature Preserve is situated between the Tintamarre National Wildlife Area in New Brunswick and the Missaquash Marsh in Nova Scotia.  Historical and recent forest harvesting/land use changes in this area have had a negative impact on water quality and waterfowl habitat in the border region.  The conservation of properties here benefit waterfowl by maintaining natural forested habitat surrounding these two large marsh systems. 

- NCC’s goal is to acquire strategic parcels of land to make a corridor of natural habitat across the Isthmus which would also link together the Missaquash and Tintamarre / Jolicure area through this protected corridor.

- Entitled the Moose Sex project, NCC has put a special emphasis on preserving connectivity for all wildlife including large mammals across the Chignecto Isthmus.  Moose are endangered in mainland Nova Scotia with the herd thinned to about 1,000 individuals, while the same moose sub-species boasts a healthy population of roughly 29,000 in New Brunswick.

 

Organizations: Nature Conservancy of Canada Conservation Representative, NCC, Open Space Institute United States Fish and Wildlife Service North American

Geographic location: New Brunswick, Canada, Baie Verte Nova Scotia Tintamarre National Wildlife Area New York

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