A string of Islands along P.E.I.'s North Shore is getting a cleanup from the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
The Conway Sandhills are a series of Islands made up of sand dunes and wetlands running from Malpeque Bay to west of Alberton. The area used to be the site of lobster canneries and farmlands, but now is being returned to its natural state. It's an important habitat for endangered species such as the piping plover.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada is leading a team of volunteers to tear down and clear old buildings and rubbish. "There's a couple of old shacks, abandoned shacks that need to be taken down on the island, so we're going to take those down and we're also going to do a beach clean-up," said P.E.I. program manager Julie Vasseur.
"It's just an opportunity for people to get involved in the community, get involved with NCC's work, so it's a great day to get involved in nature and just be out there."
The group heads out Monday to do the cleanup. The Nature Conservancy has acquired about 100 hectares of Conway Sandhills over the years, with hopes of purchasing the entire property and making it a protected area.