People who travel between the three Maritime provinces will know the Chignecto Isthmus. It is located along the New Brunswick and Nova Scotia border and on the way to Prince Edward Island. The Chignecto Isthmus is a narrow land bridge, just 24 kilometres wide, and it is all that connects Nova Scotia to the rest of the country and the North American continent. It is a link not just for people, but for nature. To date, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has secured 1,630 acres (660 hectares) on the Isthmus, protecting a vital natural corridor for mammals such as moose and lynx, as well as birds and many plant species. Habitat here is being conserved with the support of the Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP), a unique public-private partnership and a major contribution to the Force for Nature campaign.
The Natural Areas Conservation Program is a Canadian success story. In 2007, the Government of Canada invested $225 million in the program to help non-profit, non-governmental organizations secure ecologically sensitive lands and protect habitat. NCC was entrusted with the administration of the NACP. The organization pledged to conserve half a million acres (202,343 hectares) and match the government’s investment at least dollar for dollar through other donations.
To date, the NACP has surpassed those goals. More than 875,000 acres (354,100 hectares) have been conserved across the country, an area over four and a half times the size of the City of Calgary. Habitat has been secured for more than 140 species at risk. Working with partner organizations, NCC has more than matched the government investment by raising other donations.
The most recent federal budget included a $20-million extension of the NACP through 2014. This allows the organization to conserve another 50,000 acres including native grasslands, wetlands, forests and coastlines. As a result, even more Canadians will become engaged in the mission to conserve our natural heritage.
In the Chignecto Isthmus and right across the country, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, working with the Government of Canada through the Natural Areas Conservation Program, is helping to build conservation connections for people and for nature.
...the Nature Conservancy of Canada, working with the Government of Canada through the Natural Areas Conservation Program is helping to build conservation connections for people and for nature