Riverside-Albert, New Brunswick (August 29, 2017) – The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), with the support of the Village of Riverside-Albert, is working to permanently conserve 326 acres of rare old Acadian forest on a property that contains the Village’s water supply.
Most of the property is older forest containing large sugar maple, red maple, yellow birch, and red spruce trees, which are characteristic of the original Acadian forest of the Maritime provinces. Due to centuries of harvesting, only 1-5% of mature Acadian forest remains intact.
“This property is very special: its steep hillsides are filled with huge, old trees that purify and filter the air and water while providing a unique home to a wide diversity of wildlife,” says Denise Roy, Conservation Representative, Nature Conservancy of Canada. “It’s one of the few remaining examples of a forest type that was once common in New Brunswick and now needs urgent protection.”
“For the Nature Conservancy of Canada this is an exciting project,” says John Foley, Atlantic Regional Vice President, Nature Conservancy of Canada. “NCC is asking for the public’s support to ensure this forest remains wild and continues to be a reliable source of fresh water for the community.”
In order for the Nature Conservancy of Canada, a not-for-profit land trust, to complete this forest conservation project, it will need to raise close to $250,000. Together, NCC and the Village of Riverside-Albert have started fundraising for the project.
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 2.8 million acres (1.1 million hectares), coast to coast. The Nature Conservancy of Canada has conserved more than 73,000 acres (29,500 hectares) in Atlantic Canada.
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