NCC co-hosted a workshop at Mount Allison University in Sackville, with participants from more than 20 different conservation organizations, stakeholder groups and government agencies from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and the United States.
Called “Staying Connected,” panelists at the workshop discussed conservation initiatives on the Chignecto Isthmus — the narrow band of land that connects Nova Scotia with the rest of North America.
The Chignecto Isthmus is a key focal area for NCC. To date we have acquired more than 2,600 acres (1,050 hectares) of forests and wetlands in the Isthmus. This land is an important wildlife corridor and provides habitat for a number of species, such as provincially endangered Canada lynx and mainland moose, bobcat, bear, deer, waterfowl and more.
Without deliberate planning and action to conserve ecosystem connectivity, development and land use on the Chignecto Isthmus could restrict the natural movement of plants and wildlife across this important land bridge.
Participants included the departments of Fish and Wildlife and Transportation in Vermont, who shared their experiences in conserving and managing interactions between nature and people in important ecological corridors in the United States.