Land on Bay St. George island purchased for posterity
A rare part of western Newfoundland's geography has been bought by a non-profit conservation group so that it can be enjoyed by future generations.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada has purchased just over 5.2 hectares of land on Sandy Point, an island in Bay St. George.
The purchase is the 10th that the Nature Conservancy has made on Sandy Island since 2004.
Sandy Point was once a peninsula that connected to the mainland in Bay St. George, but over time has become an island. It is known for a sandy beach, and was once a community before it was abandoned almost five decades ago.
Lana Campbell, a project manager with the Nature Conservancy, said Sandy Point is geographically and ecologically significant.
"Sandy beaches occur on less than five per cent of Newfoundland coastline and Sandy Point in particular is a really important area for migrating waterfowl and shorebirds and songbirds," she said.
"It's a real hot spot for wildlife."
Conservationists are concerned about such species as the piping plover whose breeding numbers have been steadily declining since counts began in 1991.
The Nature Conservancy hopes to be able to buy more land in the area for years to come.
The Toronto-based organization has over the years purchased 4,963 hectares, or 12,263 acres, in Newfoundland and Labrador.