The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) announced today the protection of 27 acres (11 hectares) of critical habitat along the South Richibucto Beach in Kent County. This property was generously donated for conservation by Mr. Joey Caissie of Richibucto-Village.
This project protects an important site for breeding birds, including the nationally endangered piping plover, as well as black duck, wood duck, and blue-winged teal.
A tremendous diversity of rare plants grow on the beach and dune, including beach pinweed, which is globally rare. Beach pinweed is only known to occur at a handful of sites on the Gulf of St. Lawrence which includes the Northumberland Strait.
This donated site is located next to 101 acres (41 hectares) of land already being conserved by the Nature Conservancy of Canada. The Richibucto Dunes Nature Reserve is bordered on one side by salt marsh habitat on the Village Bay and fronted on the Northumberland Strait by raised dunes and sandy beach.
This land was also donated under the Government of Canada’s Ecological Gifts Program ensuring the protection of these lands for future generations. This program provides enhanced tax incentives for individuals who donate ecologically significant land.
In addition to Mr. Caissie, this project was made possible through the generous financial support of the Government of Canada through the Natural Areas Conservation Program, the Government of New Brunswick through the Regional Development Corporation, and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act.
“I am happy this land will be used for ecological purposes, for the future and the well-being of our children,” said Joey Caissie, land donor. “I am pleased to donate this land in memory of my father, Joseph Caissie.”
“We are very grateful to Mr. Caissie for his significant donation of this important wildlife area,” said Paula Noel, NCC’s Program Director for New Brunswick. “We are always excited to announce new projects, especially when they include rare species or species at risk.”
“Our Government is committed to preserving Canada's long-term prosperity by conserving and restoring our lands and waters, and connecting Canadians to our natural and unique spaces,” said The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council. “This important investment highlights our commitments announced in the National Conservation Plan.”
• Separated from Kouchibouguac National Park by Richibucto Harbour to the north-west, the Richibucto Dunes stretch over seven kilometers of coastline, along the Northumberland Strait. The 128 acre NCC Nature Reserve supports a variety of provincially rare species as well as wildlife typical of the Northumberland Strait. The Reserve’s stabilized dunes and coastal red oak and maple forest are also rare and threatened provincially.
• Since the beginning of the Ecological Gifts Program in 1995, the Nature Conservancy of Canada has received more than 272 gifts of land through the program across Canada, including 19 in New Brunswick.
To learn more about the Ecological Gifts Program, please visit http://www.ec.gc.ca/pde-egp/.
This project was funded as part of the Government of Canada’s National Conservation Plan. The Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP) is a unique public-private partnership led and managed by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). To date, $345 million has been invested in the NACP by the Government of Canada, with more than $400 million in matching contributions raised by NCC and its partners to secure our natural heritage. This includes $100 million announced in May 2014 under the National Conservation Plan to continue this program.
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 2.7 million acres (over 1.1 million hectares), coast to coast. The Nature Conservancy of Canada has conserved 15,868 acres (6,422 hectares) in New Brunswick. Learn more atwww.NatureConservancy.ca/NB. People may find many of our sites for recreation on this free mobile app: www.exploreconb.ca
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