Important forest habitat conserved on Prince Edward Island
NCC acquired two key forest sites located on the Percival River, totaling 323 acres (131 hectares). The properties are located about 40 kilometres west of Summerside.
The Percival River is a strategic area for conservation, feeding into Egmont Bay and the Northumberland Strait. By protecting the lands from development, this area will continue to serve as an important refuge for migratory birds, and ultimately contribute to the sustainability of waterfowl populations in Prince Edward Island and along the Atlantic Flyway.
The purchased sites feature intact forests with red maple, black spruce, white birch, white cedar, white ash, aspen and balsam fir trees.
The lands include salt marshes, which provide habitat for wildlife, and also provide buffers against storm surges and act as a natural water filter.
The sites are home to beavers and many species of birds, including black ducks, Canada geese, great blue herons, cedar waxwings, northern flickers, songbirds and common goldeneye. Plants found here include wild raisin shrub, various ferns and wildflowers.
A portion of one of these projects was donated through the federal government’s Ecological Gifts Program. This program provides enhanced tax incentives for donations of ecologically significant land.
These conservation projects were supported with funding from the Government of Canada through the Natural Areas Conservation Program, TD Bank Group, under the TD Forests Program, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, Joan and Regis Duffy Foundation and many local donors.