In the fall of 2016, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) announced its first conservation project on the lower Musquodoboit River, near Musquodoboit Harbour. The project features 25 kilometres of river frontage near Gibraltor Rock, along with wetlands, intact floodplains, and mature hemlock and softwood forest. The Musquodoboit Valley is an important area for conservation not only because of its rare landscape, but because it provides habitat for threatened species, including two species of turtles and several species of migratory birds. The Nature Conservancy of Canada is protecting one of the most untouched sections of the Musquodoboit River, which has, in many places upstream, been altered by mining, forestry and agriculture.
In July 2017 NCC conserved an additional 166 acres on the Musquodoboit River, bringing the total area protected to approximately 500 acres. The areas conserved by NCC connect to Nova Scotia’s White Lake and Ship Harbour-Long Lake Wilderness Areas, creating an extensive corridor ideal for wildlife. From the point of view of nature lovers and visitors to the Eastern Shore, one of the best features of NCC’s new properties is they are located on the well-maintained Musquodoboit Trailway, making these nature reserves an accessible wilderness for hikers and cyclists to enjoy. As with all NCC-protected areas, the Musquodoboit River nature reserves are open to the public and available for light recreation and traditional uses.
The Musquodoboit River properties were protected with the support of the Government of Canada’s Natural Area Conservation Program, the North American Wetlands Conservation Agreement (NAWCA), the Nova Scotia Crown Share Land Legacy Trust, Halifax Regional Municipality/Community Grants Fund, Nova Scotia Habitat Conservation Fund, Nova Scotia Habitat Conservation Fund (contributions from hunters and trappers) and many local donors and supporters. Along with properties on the lower Musquodoboit River, NCC has now conserved more than 1,600 acres (640 hectares) in the Musquodoboit Harbour area for wildlife habitat and for people to enjoy.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada is the nation’s leading land conservation organization. Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped protect more than 2.8 million acres, including 34,000 acres of ecologically-significant sites in Nova Scotia. As a not-for-profit, NCC relies on government, community partners and private donors to support its land conservation efforts. To learn more or find out how you can get involved:
Atlantic Director of Communications
Nature Conservancy of Canada | Atlantic Region
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