SACKVILLE, N.B. – The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is hoping the season for giving helps the not-for-profit organization acquire additional conservation lands for a wilderness corridor connecting New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, while also helping some lonely moose make a connection at the same time.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada has launched its second annual “Help the Moose Cross the Isthmus for Christmas” campaign. The goal is to raise money to acquire private lands in the Chignecto Isthmus, a narrow land bridge that is a major priority for conservation to ensure connectivity for wildlife species in eastern North America.
To date, the Nature Conservancy of Canada has completed 13 projects totalling 2,130 acres on both sides of the Isthmus. The lands were acquired through land donations, purchases or a combination of the two. Wildlife that use the wetlands and forested areas include many songbirds and waterfowl, bears, bobcats, endangered Canada lynx and moose, which are endangered in mainland Nova Scotia. Moose populations are healthy in New Brunswick with 29,000 individuals while surveys in Nova Scotia estimate there are only 1,000 moose.
NCC is presently in negotiations with private land owners for five new properties in the hopes of securing these lands and adding them to the protected area.
“By acquiring strategic properties for permanent conservation, the Nature Conservancy of Canada is trying to create a protected corridor between wildlife areas, protecting habitat that supports large mammals,” said Paula Noel, NCC program manager for New Brunswick. “The landscape in the Chignecto Isthmus has become fragmented. We want to ensure wildlife can move freely within the forested area and be able to move across the provincial boundary”.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada is encouraging the general public, private sector businesses and community groups to take advantage of the final days of 2013 to make a gift and secure a charitable tax receipt they can use. NCC said it is also an opportunity to be involved in local conservation projects that have a lasting impact sustaining forests and wetlands that provide us with clean air and clean water.
“This is a perfect time of year for people to give locally and preserve unique natural areas in their own region,” said Craig Smith, Program Manager for Nova Scotia. “We encourage people to donate or make a contribution as a Christmas gift for a friend or family member. This is an ideal gift option because you can purchase a symbolic acre of land for somebody who may be a nature enthusiast, have everything, live elsewhere or may be difficult to buy for.”
Those who buy the gift earn a charitable tax receipt from the Nature Conservancy of Canada along with a project memento. The person who has the gift given in their name, receives a 2014 NCC calendar, an “I support Moose Sex Button” and a photo from the Chignecto Isthmus Natural Area.
The Moose Sex project gained international attention last winter with print, radio, television stories and in various publications across Canada, along with coverage in the United Kingdom, Australia, Time Magazine Online and Outdoor Life.
For further information on the Moose Sex Project and to learn more about NCC’s work along the Chignecto Isthmus, people are invited to call toll free at 1-877-231-4400. They may also go online at www.natureconservancy.ca and donate. People are reminded to clearly note their contribution is for “The Moose Sex Project”.
About the Nature Conservancy of Canada
The Nature Conservancy of Canada is the nation's leading land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962 NCC and its partners have helped to protect more than 2.6 million acres (over 1 million hectares), coast to coast. The Nature Conservancy of Canada has conserved 63,000 acres of wetlands, forests and coastal shorelines in the Atlantic Region. For further information visit: www.NatureConservancy.ca/NB.