Nature Conservancy buying more land in west of Island

The Nature Conservancy of Canada on P.E.I. is buying another large piece of land, this time in the western part of the Island. It has reached an agreement to purchase and protect 78 hectares in the upper reaches of the Percival River.

78 more hectares will be protected in the Percival River area

The Nature Conservancy of Canada has reached an agreement to purchase this land in the Percival River area. (Nature Conservancy of Canada)
The Nature Conservancy of Canada on P.E.I. is buying another large piece of land, this time in the western part of the Island.

It has reached an agreement to purchase and protect 78 hectares in the upper reaches of the Percival River.

The sale is supposed to close in February with the private land owners, but the conservancy still has to raise another $10,000 before it goes through.  

Conservancy officials say the land is very close to almost 85 hectares of protected property they already own in the area.

"I like to think of it as a property that is full of natural capital because it is a forest and wetland complex, and specifically salt marsh," said Julie Vasseur, the program director for the conservancy.

The land being purchased includes both forest and salt marsh areas. (Nature Conservancy of Canada)
"Both forest and salt marsh are really good at absorbing carbon dioxide. They store it in the forest itself so it actually pulls carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere."

Vasseur says the Nature Conservancy is asking the public, interested groups and companies to help them raise the remaining money needed.

Once the sale goes through, the land will be protected from development, but anyone will be able to go on the property to hike, bird watch or take photos.

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