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More land protected near Thunder Bay

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Feb2,2024

More land is protected near Thunder Bay

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The Black Bay Peninsula is a habitat for moose, black bears and several species of birds.

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The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has added 191 hectares of protected land on the Black Bay Peninsula, near Thunder Bay.

The property, located about 100 kilometers east of the city, adds to the approximately 3,700 hectares of the peninsula already protected by the non-profit organization.

The more we protect, the more contiguous habitat is protected for the species that live there, like the black bear, the moose, and the species at risk like the olive-sided flycatcher, the bald eagle white, the rufous-crowned warbler or the American pelican, says Kaitlin Richardson, program director for Northern Ontario.

The property was put on the market as part of an estate sale and purchased for approximately $175,000, says- she.

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It's part of a larger land acquisition in the Great Lakes region, where NCC says wetland habitat and biodiversity have declined over the past 200 years due to drainage and species invasive.

The organization also obtained more than 750 hectares of land on southern Manitoulin Island.

The projects were made possible thanks to funding from private donors and the federal and provincial governments, the organization indicates in a press release.

Nature Conservancy Canada typically raises an additional 20% of a property's value when fundraising to cover stewardship costs , says Ms. Richardson.

During the first year following acquisition, the organization will develop a property management plan that identifies what it calls targets, that is, ecosystems or species that the organization wants to protect and also from threats, such as invasive species, dilapidated buildings or dams on waterways.

L The organization then plans actions to neutralize the threats. The Black Bay property has no infrastructure, Richardson says, but the organization will research invasive species.

CNC will continue to monitor property purchase opportunities to expand its holdings on the peninsula, says Richardson.

Riparian wetlands, any habitat for species at risk or intact forests. All of these are things we would like to preserve in the Lake Superior Natural Area, she said.

With information from CBC

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my natasha@thetimeshub.in 1-800-268-7116

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