P.E.I. has lowest percentage of protected land in Canada, report says
Goal is to protect 7 per cent of land by 2020
P.E.I. protects less land per capita than any other province, according to the latest Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society report card.
Currently 3.6 per cent of P.E.I. land is protected, but the goal is seven per cent by 2020.
Megan Harris, executive director of the Island Nature Trust, says she believes the province can meet its target.
But 87 per cent of P.E.I.'s land is privately owned — a challenge most areas of the country don't face.
Ottawa matching dollar for dollar
A new federal nature fund will invest $500 million per year for the next five years into land conservation across the country.
Ottawa is offering to match dollar for dollar, a major boon for smaller provinces, Harris said.
"[That's] a big piece for us because we're a small land trust. It will be one to one, which is really positive news for us."
Funds available to Indigenous groups
Past federal programs have matched only 50 per cent of nature trust contributions, Harris said.
"That's really, really difficult for all land trusts in the Maritimes. There are no large philanthropic foundations that fund primarily environmental work east of Quebec."
Funding is also available to Indigenous governments under the federal program, Harris said.
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- A previous version stated the new federal nature was $500 million. In fact, it is $500 million per year over the next five years.Jul 24, 2018 10:13 AM AT
With files from Laura Chapin