Island Nature Trust celebrates spring by rejuvenating funding partnership with liquor store outlets

From left: Helena Villard, Manager of Queen Street liquor store, Darlene Compton, Minister of Finance and Minister Responsible for the Liquor Control Commission and Bianca McGregorExecutive Director of Island Nature Trust. Pictured at the Queen Street liquor store in Charlottetown. (Photo credit: Ben Russell – Island Nature Trust)

After a one-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Island Nature Trust and the PEI Liquor Control Commission are continuing its successful ‘Let’s Protect Our Island’ campaign.

The collaboration now entering its fifth year runs from April 1st to May 18th with participating suppliers of beer, wine and spirits donating up to $1 from their sales of participating products at PEILCC retail outlets to Island Nature Trust. Signage promoting this initiative – including the featured products – can be found in all 18 PEI Liquor retail outlets across the province.

Island Nature Trust is committed to investing in the future of Islanders by working to protect natural landscapes in PEI. Since 2016, funds from the initiative have helped Island Nature Trust protect over 1,600 acres of forest, wetlands and coast in PEI. Islanders directly benefit from the ecological services that Island Nature Trust’s natural areas provide with clean water, clean air and an environment resilient to climate change. As Island Nature Trust’s property portfolio increases so does its costs for responsible land management, public trails stewardship, effective communication with Island communities and education and collaboration with user groups.

The Covid-19 pandemic has restricted public access to the outdoors while the lack of interaction with natural spaces in this time has impacted the public’s physical and mental health. Two donations of properties in 2020 in Indian River and New Glasgow brings the total Island Nature Trust natural areas with existing trail systems to seven. This year’s LCC funding drive will allow Island Nature Trust to maintain and steward our trails in addition to hosting education and engagement opportunities. As Islanders face another summer of restricted travel, this focus for the year’s collaboration with the PEILCC will provide benefit to the people of PEI as well as the land.

Quotes

“I am glad that this initiative can continue,” said Darlene Compton, Minister of Finance and Minister Responsible for the Liquor Control Commission. “The funds raised in this campaign with the Island Nature Trust will assist in their work preserving Island land now and for generations to come.”

“The pandemic has restricted Islanders’ access to the rest of the world but reintroduced us to the beauty in the landscape just outside our doors. Collectively, we have recognized the tremendous benefits that interacting with natural spaces have on our physical and mental health. Now there is an opportunity to invest in those lands that have kept us grounded in one of the hardest years many of us have experienced.

The contribution of this 5-year funding campaign with LCC to land conservation in PEI has helped us significantly accelerate our protection program. We are full of plans to make this summer a great time for Islanders to reconnect with the Island’s beautiful natural landscapes.” Megan Harris, Director of Conservation

About

Island Nature Trust is a membership-based, non-government, Canadian charity dedicated to land conservation in Prince Edward Island since 1979. We envision a future where P.E.I. has a network of protected, robust natural areas championed by knowledgeable, engaged Islanders.

Island Nature Trust envisions a network of protected natural areas across PEI sustained by the love and generosity of Islanders today for the enjoyment of Islanders and wildlife tomorrow.

Island Nature Trust:

  • Acquires land with representative natural ecosystems, through donation and purchase
  • Delivers numerous nature education programs to children and adults
  • Manages its properties to retain and restore their ecological values
  • Assists private landowners to manage and protect their own properties
  • Monitors and protect species-at-risk on the Island

Island Nature Trust owns or lease ­­­­5284 acres, almost all of which is designated under the PEI Natural Areas Protection Act (NAPA) and open to the public for natural space enjoyment.

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Contacts:
Ben Russell Communications Manager
902-892-7513 or 902-566-9150 comms@islandnaturetrust.ca  
Participating products are marked with the Island Nature Trust logo, such as this brand new ‘Beacon Blonde’ beer by Gahan. (Photo credit: Ben Russell – Island Nature Trust)
Campaign funds will go towards stewarding existing natural areas with public access trails, such as the Kildare Forest Natural Area in Huntley
Students from Westisle School help to clean up the perimeter of Kildare Forest Natural Area. The property is one of seven INT natural areas that contain public trails.
INT logo’s will be adorned on signage situated on the liquor store aisles of participating products. (Photo credit: Ben Russell – Island Nature Trust)
Queen Street liquor store manager Helena Villard shows INT Executive Director, Bianca McGregor an example of a popular participating product – Woodbridge’s range of wines. (Photo credit: Ben Russell – Island Nature Trust)

Island Nature Trust célèbre le printemps en renouvelant un partenariat de financement avec les magasins d’alcools

Après une pause d’un an en raison de la pandémie de COVID-19, Island Nature Trust et la Régie des alcools de l’Î.-P.-É. continuent leur populaire campagne « Let’s Protect Our Island » (« Protégeons notre île »).

La collaboration en sera à sa cinquième édition du 1er avril au 18 mai. Les fournisseurs de bière, de vin et de spiritueux participant donneront jusqu’à 1 $ de la vente des produits désignés dans les magasins de la Régie à Island Nature Trust. Des affiches faisant la promotion de cette initiative, y compris les produits en faisant partie – seront placées dans les 18 magasins d’alcools de la province.

Island Nature Trust est engagé à investir dans l’avenir des Insulaires en travaillant à la protection des milieux naturels de la province. Depuis 2016, les fonds de l’initiative ont aidé Island Nature Trust à protéger plus de 1600 acres de forêt, de terres humides et de côtes à l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard. Les Insulaires peuvent bénéficier directement des services écologiques des aires naturelles d’Island Nature Trust, comme de l’eau et de l’air propres et un environnement résistant aux changements climatiques. À mesure que le nombre de propriétés foncières d’Island Nature Trust augmente, il est en de même pour les coûts relatifs à la gestion responsable des terres, à l’administration des sentiers publics, à la communication efficace avec les communautés insulaires, à la sensibilisation et à la collaboration avec des groupes d’usagers.

La pandémie de COVID-19 a restreint l’accès du public aux aires extérieures, et le manque d’interaction avec la nature pendant ce temps a eu des effets sur sa santé mentale et physique. Le don de deux propriétés en 2020 à Indian River et New Glasgow apporte à sept le nombre total d’aires naturelles avec réseaux de sentiers d’Island Trust Nature. Cette année, la levée de fonds de la Régie des alcools permettra à Island Nature Trust d’entretenir et de superviser les sentiers en plus de tenir des activités de sensibilisation et de mobilisation. Comme les Insulaires ne pourront pas encore voyager là où ils le veulent cet été, le but de la collaboration avec la Régie des alcools de cette année profitera aux terres et aux Insulaires.

Citations

« Je suis heureuse que cette initiative puisse continuer », a mentionné la ministre des Finances et ministre responsable de la Régie des alcools, Darlene Compton. « Les fonds recueillis dans la cadre de la campagne avec Island Nature Trust l’aidera à préserver les terres de l’Île pour aujourd’hui et demain. »

« La pandémie a restreint l’accès des Insulaires au reste du monde, mais nous a permis de redécouvrir la beauté des paysages qui nous entourent. De manière collective, nous avons reconnu les bienfaits incroyables de passer du temps en nature pour notre santé mentale et physique. Maintenant, il y a une opportunité d’investir dans les aires naturelles qui nous ont aidés à garder courage pendant l’une des années les plus difficiles que nombre d’entre nous ont connues.

La contribution découlant de cette campagne de financement de cinq ans avec la Régie des alcools pour la conservation des terres à l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard nous a aidés de façon considérablement à accélérer notre programme de protection. Nous avons plusieurs plans pour faire de l’été un temps idéal pour les Insulaires de redécouvrir les merveilleux paysages naturels de la province », a ajouté Megan Harris, directrice de la Conservation.

À propos

Island Nature Trust est un organisme de bienfaisance canadien non gouvernemental à adhésion voué à la conservation des terres à l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard depuis 1979. Island Nature Trust a pour vision un avenir où l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard a un réseau d’aires naturelles en santé protégées par des Insulaires engagés et avertis.

Island Nature Trust a aussi pour vision un réseau d’aires naturelles protégées partout à l’Île entretenues par l’amour et la générosité des Insulaires d’aujourd’hui pour les Insulaires et la faune et la flore de demain.

Island Nature Trust :

  • fait l’acquisition de terres ayant des écosystèmes naturels représentatifs, par l’entremise de dons et d’achats;
  • offre un éventail de programmes éducatifs sur la nature aux enfants et aux adultes;
  • gère ses propriétés pour préserver et restaurer leur valeur écologique;
  • aider les propriétaires fonciers privés à gérer et à protéger leur propriété;
  • surveille l’état des espèces en péril de la province et les protége.

Island Nature Trust possède ou loue 5284 acres, donc la presque entièreté sont désignés dans le cadre de la Natural Areas Protection Act (loi sur la protection des aires naturelles) de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard et ouverts au public pour qu’il puisse en profiter.

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Contact
Ben Russell Gestionnaire des communications
902-892-7513 ou 902-566-9150 ben@islandnaturetrust.ca  

Island Nature Trust announces new Executive Director

In November, Island Nature Trust began the search for an Executive Director who would be asked to focus more intently on organizational growth and development. Our incumbent Executive Director, Megan Harris has now moved into a strategic role focused on acquisition and stewardship as the Trust’s new Director of Conservation. Read this interview with Megan referencing the new role in our December newsletter. After conducting a thorough candidate search, Island Nature Trust is happy to announce that Bianca McGregor will be its new Executive Director.

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Iconic coastline saved from development in Fortune Bridge

15 hectares (37 acre) property serves as a natural coastal buffer for species-at-risk such as the Piping Plover.

A coastal headland including ecologically important and fragile beach-dune habitat will now be protected forever. The peninsula, named Penny’s Point Natural Area, is located within the Rollo Bay Wildlife Management Area and is on the south point at the mouth of Rollo Bay. It was transferred to Island Nature Trust for perpetual stewardship in December, through a most generous and thoughtful donation. Land donors Tom Welch, Anne Lambert and Nancy Willis were resolved to see this coastline remain in a natural state forever.

The property is a highly significant sliver of the PEI coastline, which is under continued threat from erosion and wildlife displacement due to human encroachment. Penny’s Point is part of the northeastern shoreline that hosts some of the best examples of sand dune and beach systems in the Atlantic Maritime ecozone. Prince Edward Island has experienced high historic rates of habitat loss to agriculture and other development. Although natural forest cover is about 50%, remaining habitat patches are generally small, fragmented and degraded. The acquisition of this property will allow Island Nature Trust to conserve vulnerable beach-dune and coastal bluff ecosystems while restoring the land back to native coastal krummholz forest, dominated by the Island’s red oak and other native hardwoods. The sandstone bluffs exceed 10m in height and may provide suitable habitat for burrow occupants such as threatened bank swallow, in addition to belted kingfisher. The beach-dune area within and immediately adjacent the property’s southeast corner is identified as critical habitat for endangered piping plover.

“PEI’s multi-hued coastline is a dynamic and wild natural boundary between land and sea. Our ability to retain pockets of shore in a natural state translates directly to a healthier, more robust ecosystem that will provide for wildlife and people alike long into the future.” – Megan Harris, Executive Director Island Nature Trust

Penny’s Point has been named after land donor Tom Welch’s mother Jane Coyne, who was fondly known as ‘Penny’. His family’s love of PEI wildlife flourished over the decades as they vacationed to the Island every summer starting in the 1950’s.

As a youngster Tom and his siblings enjoyed creeping through coastal forest that existed before being cleared for farmland, to watch from high ground the seals sunbathing on the Rollo Bay sand bars at low tide.

“Penny would have been thrilled to know that the headland is now protected forever. We spent 60 years travelling to Fortune and she loved the area so much. She was concerned about the looming threat of development since our family observed first-hand the surrounding area being steadily built on over the decades.” – Tom Welch

Becoming a staunch supporter of conservation, Tom along with his wife Anne Lambert founded the International Conservation Fund of Canada (ICFC) in 2007 after recognizing that Canada lacked a charitable organization through which Canadians could conserve tropical nature and the winter habitats of Canada’s migratory birds.

This project has been made possible by the land donors, stewardship donations from generous Islanders and funding from the ECHO Foundation and by the Government of Canada through the Natural Heritage Conservation Program, part of Canada’s Nature Fund.

Additional Quotes

“By working with partners like Island Nature Trust and landowners like Tom Welch, Anne Lambert, and Nancy Willis, we are protecting Canada’s iconic natural landscapes in Prince Edward Island, such as the vulnerable beach-dune and coastal-bluff ecosystems. It’s projects across the country, like this one, that support the recovery of important species at risk, help fight climate change, and contribute toward our goal of protecting a quarter of land in Canada by 2025.” – The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

“Protecting iconic Island landscapes like the beach dunes and coastal bluffs found in Penny’s Point is good news, both for our community and for the species who call it home. Very grateful to the generous land donors and the Island Nature Trust for making today’s announcement possible, and for conserving Penny’s Point for generations to come.” – The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Member of Parliament for Cardigan

Quick Facts

• The core area of the property is the coastal cliff and dune. It is 37 acres (15 hectares) in size with 3,800 feet (1,158 meters) of shore frontage, 1000 feet of which is beach.
• The Atlantic Maritime ecozone is characterized by mixed-wood Acadian (Wapan’ekati) forests, sand dunes, and coastal islands. These systems, combined with ocean waters that, during the summer, are the warmest ocean waters in Canada, make them ideal recreational sites.
• The site is one of only two owned by INT that hosts habitat essential for Piping Plover nesting– a species-at-risk on PEI.
• The Rollo Bay Wildlife Management Area is the 6th largest conservation area in PEI and is 526 hectares/1,300 acres in size.
• The Province of Prince Edward Island has set a target of 7% of the landmass or 86,000 acres of natural areas to be protected by 2020.
• Fortune Bridge was and continues to be an important ancestral burial ground for Acadians.
• For the Mi’kmaq Peoples of Prince Edward Island, Fortune Bridge has cultural importance including the harvesting of fish, birds, medicinal plants, and shellfish (Specifically: the fish harvesting of eels, trout, smelts; bird harvesting of ducks, geese; decorative and medicinal plant harvesting; and shellfish harvesting of oysters along the Fortune River). On the land, Traditional Mi’kmaq use of the area includes feather gathering, campsites, and berry gathering.

About

Island Nature Trust is a membership-based, non-government, Canadian charity dedicated to land conservation in Prince Edward Island since 1979.
We envision a network of protected natural areas across PEI sustained by the love and generosity of Islanders today for the enjoyment of Islanders and wildlife tomorrow.

The Government of Canada’s Natural Heritage Conservation Program (NHCP) is a unique public-private partnership to support new protected and conserved areas by securing private lands and private interests in lands. The program is managed by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). Federal funds invested in the program are matched with contributions raised by NCC and its partners, Ducks Unlimited Canada and the country’s land trust community. Private regional and community land trusts, of which Island Nature Trust is one, access a portion of funds from this program to protect ecologically significant land across Canada.

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Contacts

Ben Russell
Communications Manager
902-892-7513 or 902-566-9150
ben@islandnaturetrust.ca

Tom Welch – Land donor
902-980-0277

Nancy Willis – Land donor
902-367-0390 or 902-969-0084

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Côte iconique sauvé du développement à Fortune Bridge

Propriété de 15 hectares (37 acres) est un tampon naturel pour les espèces en péril comme le Pluvier siffleur

Une promontoire littoral, qui inclut d’habitat importante et fragile de plage-dune, sera maintenant protégée pour toujours. La péninsule, nommée Penny’s Point Natural Area, est située dans Rollo Bay Wildlife Management Area, qui est trouvée au point sud, à l’entrée de Rollo Bay. C’était transférée à Island Nature Trust pour l’intendance perpétuelle en décembre, grâce d’un don généreux.

Le propriété est une partie très significatif de la côte de Î-P-É, qui est dessous une menace continuelle de l’érosion et du déplacement de la faune, en raison d’empiètement humain. Penny’s Point est partie de la côte nord-est, qui représente certains des meilleurs exemples des dunes de sables et systèmes de plage dans l’écozone des Maritimes Atlantiques. L’Île-du-Prince-Édouard à expérimenté historiquement des taux de la perte d’habitat en raison d’agriculture et d’autre développement. Bien que le couvert forestier est naturellement 50%, l’habitat qui reste est normalement petit, fragmenté, et dégradé. L’acquisition de ce propriété permet à Island Nature Trust de conserver les écosystèmes vulnérables de plage-dune et promontoire côtière, en même temps qu’ils restaurent la terre à son original du forêt ‘krummholz’, dominé par le chêne rouge et d’autres arbres décidues. Des falaise grès sont plus que 10m en hauteur et peuvent fournir l’habitat convenable pour les espèces qui creusent leurs nids, comme le menacé, l’Hirondelle de rivage, listé sur la Loi sur les espèces en péril du Canada, en plus que le Martin-pêcheur d’Amérique. La zone plage-dune en dedans et immédiatement à côté du coin sud-est du propriété est identifiée comme l’habitat critique pour le Pluvier siffleur qui est une espèce en voie de disparition sur la liste de la Loi sur les espèces en péril du Canada.

« La côte littoral multicolore de l’Î-P-É est dynamique et sert comme une frontière sauvage et naturel entre la terre et la mer. Notre aptitude de retenir des poches de côte dans un état naturel contribue directement à un écosystème plus sain qui peut fournir pour la faune et des personnes loin dans l’avenir. »

Penny’s Point est nommé après la mère à Tom Welch, qui a fait don de la terre. Elle était reconnu affectueusement comme ‘Penny’. L’amour de sa famille pour la faune à Î-P-É a fleuri depuis des décennies quand ils sont venus chaque été pour les vacances, commençant dans les cinquantaines.

Comme un jeune, Tom et ses frères et sœurs s’amusaient de ramper dans la forêt côtière qui existait avant que la terre a été défrichée pour l’agriculture. De haut, ils ont regardé des phoques qui bronzaient sur les barres de sables à marée basse à Rollo Bay.

« Penny aurait été ravie de savoir que le promontoire littoral est maintenant protéger pour toujours. On a passé des années voyager à Fortune et elle aimait tellement l’endroit. Elle était concernée pour la menace de développement depuis que nous avons observés directement l’endroit autours être développer pour les décennies. » – Tom Welch

Devenir un fervent partisan de la conservation, Tom et sa marie, Anne Lambert, ont fondé Le Fond International de la Conservation du Canada (FICC) en 2007 après avoir remarqué que le Canada manquait une organisation caritative grâce auquel les Canadien(ne)s pouvaient conserver la nature tropicale et des habitats d’hiver pour les oiseaux migratoires en Canada.

Ce projet est possible grâce aux donateurs de terre, dons d’intendance généreux des habitants de l’Île, et de l’aide financière de la fondation ECHO, aussi bien que le Gouvernement du Canada à travers de la Programme de conservation du patrimoine naturel, qui est une partie des Fonds de la nature du Canada.

Citations supplémentaires

« En collaborant avec des partenaires comme Island Nature Trust et des propriétaires fonciers comme Tom Welch, Anne Lambert et Nancy Willis, nous protégeons les paysages naturels emblématiques canadiens de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard, notamment les écosystèmes fragiles constitués de dunes littorales et d’escarpements côtiers. La réalisation de tels projets au pays contribue au rétablissement d’importantes espèces en péril, à la lutte contre les changements climatiques et à la concrétisation de notre objectif qui consiste à protéger un quart des terres au Canada d’ici 2025. » – L’honorable Jonathan Wilkinson, ministre de l’Environnement et du Changement climatique

« La protection des paysages emblématiques de l’Île, comme les dunes sur les plages et les escarpements côtiers de la pointe Penny, est une bonne nouvelle tant pour notre communauté que pour les espèces qui y vivent. Nous sommes très reconnaissants envers les généreux donateurs de terres et Island Nature Trust, qui ont rendu l’annonce d’aujourd’hui possible et qui font en sorte que la pointe Penny soit conservée pour les générations à venir. » – L’honorable Lawrence MacAulay, député de Cardigan

Les Faits Rapides

  • L’endroit principale de la propriété est la falaise côtière et dune. Il comprend 37 acres (15 hectares) avec 3,800 pieds (1,158 mètres) de façade littorale, dont 1000 pieds est la plage.
  • L’Écozone d’Atlantique Maritime est caractérisée par les forêts bois mixtes Acadiens (Wapan’ekati), les dunes de sable, et les îles côtières. Ces systèmes, combinées avec les eaux océaniques qui, durant l’été, sont les plus chaudes au Canada, sont des sites de récréations idéales.
  • Le site est un de deux appartenant à INT qui montre l’habitat essentiel pour les nids de Pluvier siffleur, une espèce en péril à Î-P-É.
  • Le Rollo Bay Wildlife Management Area est le 6ième plus gros endroit de conservation en Î-P-É, avec 526 hectares/1,300 acres de superficie.
  • La province de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard a fixé un objectif de protéger 7% des milieux naturels, ou 86,000 acres, par l’année 2020.
  • Fortune Bridge était, et continue d’être, une cimetière ancestral importante pour les Acadiens.
  • Pour les Mi’kmaq de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard, Fortune Bridge a une importance culturelle, incluant la récolte des poissons (anguilles, truites, éperlans), oiseaux (canards et oies), plantes médicinales et décoratives, et crustacés (huîtres). En plus, l’utilisation traditionnelle de la terre comprend rassemblement des plumes et les baies, et les sites de camping.

Au sujet de

Island Nature Trust est une organisation caritative Canadienne non-gouvernementale basée sur des membres. C’est dévouée de conserver la terre à l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard depuis 1979. Nous envisageons un réseau d’endroits naturels protégés à travers l’Î-P-É, soutenu par l’amour et générosité des habitants de l’Île aujourd’hui pour l’amusement des personnes et la faune dans le futur.

La Programme de conservation du patrimoine naturel Canadienne est un partenariat unique public-privé qui soutien les nouveaux milieux protégés et conservés par sécuriser des propriétés privées et des intérêts privés dans les propriétés. La programme est géré par la Conservation de la nature Canada (CNC). Les fonds fédérales investis dans la programme correspondent avec les contributions amassés par CNC et ses partenariats, Canards Illimités Canada et la communauté Canadienne des organismes de conservation. Les organismes de conservations privées et régionales, dont Island Nature Trust est une, accèdent une portion des fonds de la programme pour protéger les propriétés écologiquement significatif à travers le Canada.

En Savoir Plus

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Les Contacts

Ben Russell
Chef de Communications
902-892-7513 or 902-566-9150
ben@islandnaturetrust.ca

Tom Welch – Donateur de terres
902-980-0277

Nancy Willis – Donateur de terres
902-367-0390 or 902-969-0084

MapleCross fund and Island Nature Trust ensure Lewes forest remains protected

Island Nature Trust launches search for new Executive Director

Lewes forest, in King’s County, is one of Prince Edward Island’s many natural treasures and it will now be protected forever thanks to the MapleCross fund and Island Nature Trust donors.

Ella Stewart is one of many Islanders who feels a deep connection with nature and has made a thoughtful decision to keep it in its natural state. She and her family, especially her late husband John, cared for the Lewes forest for decades, managing it well from the end of the second World War until John’s passing a few years ago. As the forest held so many wonderful memories, they wanted to see the natural space conserved. Worried that the land would be converted to blueberry fields, Ella was relieved when Island Nature Trust offered to buy the land and protect it forever.

MapleCross Upland Hardwood Natural Area

Thanks to a majority contribution from the MapleCross Fund and additional generous donations from 25 Islanders, Island Nature Trust was able to secure the Lewes property. This beautiful 109-acre property contains old growth upland hardwood Maritime Acadian – Wapane’kati forest, now rare in Prince Edward Island and the Maritimes as a whole. Mature eastern hemlock, white pine, sugar maple, red maple, American beech and yellow birch are present in an uneven aged mixed wood mosaic, providing tremendous value as a seed source for surrounding younger forests. Two headwaters streams begin within the property and support a diverse array of wildlife, including at least one pair of the threatened songbird, olive-sided flycatcher.

This forest also abuts the homestead property of former Premier and conservationist, J. Angus MacLean. The marriage of these two well-stewarded forest areas secures inter-connectivity and greater movement for wildlife in a larger forested block. Due to the dedication of a community of conservationists, the MapleCross Upland Hardwood Natural Area is now protected forever.

Executive Director Sought

As announced at its Annual General Meeting in September, Island Nature Trust is currently searching for a new Executive Director to focus more intently on organizational growth and development.

The Executive Director is the Trust’s senior staff position and team leader, with overall responsibility for all aspects of the organization‘s operations including high level fundraising to support land acquisition and stewardship, programs, staff, and finances, as well as direct accountability for member, donor and strategic partner relationships.

Quick Facts

  • The Island Nature Trust was created in 1979.
  • The Trust is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who provide the strategic direction and priorities for the organization.
  • The Trust is committed to environmentally and socially responsible management of natural areas on PEI.
  • The Trust is a key provider of technical, science-based knowledge on land stewardship and wildlife on PEI for landowners, governments, and partner environmental groups.

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Island Nature Trust Enters Fifth Decade with Renewed Sense of Purpose

Four new Directors named to the Board and search for new Executive Director begins

Island Nature Trust is a non-profit, membership driven, private registered charity dedicated to the permanent protection of natural areas on Prince Edward Island.

On Thursday, the organization held its Annual General Meeting in Charlottetown. It was an occasion to thank members and those who donated land and financial support to the Trust, as well as to present the way forward for the Island-led non-profit that has acquired and protected environmentally vulnerable land since 1979. For Island Nature Trust, the way forward includes greater community engagement, an improved rate of land acquisition and a new approach to stewardship.

The board, staff and general members of Island Nature Trust spoke to an escalation in the pace of change on PEI, both from development and climate perspectives. This creates a growing sense of urgency to protect an integrated, robust network of natural areas to serve future generations of Islanders.

To better face the challenges ahead, the current Executive Director, Megan Harris, will move into a strategic role focused on acquisition and stewardship. The Trust will now begin the search for a new Executive Director, a position that will now emphasize organizational growth and development.

The organization’s strategic renewal was also accompanied by the nomination of four new Directors to the board of Island Nature Trust.

Marie-Ann Bowden – During her career at the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan, Marie-Ann actively pursued research and teaching in the areas of environmental law, property and water law. Since retiring Professor Emeritus from the College, she has returned to PEI and has joined the Board of the Upton Farmlands Trust and helped secure a new Water Act with her colleagues at the Coalition for the Protection of PEI Waters.

Tyler Coady – Tyler is a Canadian Armed Forces Veteran who has obtained a B.A. Psychology (Honours) at UPEI and an M.A. Military Psychology at Adler University, Chicago. He has several published research articles and has a strong background in behavioural sciences. Combined with work in peer support and crisis negotiations, Tyler helps other veterans reconnect with nature.

Roger E. Coffin – Roger spent 20 years in the private sector as a manager and entrepreneur, followed by a career in the public sector that included business support and aerospace recruitment. Roger has been involved with outdoor organizations mainly in the areas of hunting and fishing. Roger is a life member of Margaree Salmon Association, Miramichi Salmon Association and now Island Nature Trust.

Gordon MacKay – Gordon, who has practiced law since 1980, comes to the Island Nature Trust with extensive personal and professional volunteer experience. He has served as a Commissioner on the Judicial Review Commission (PEI), the Treasurer of the Law Foundation of Prince Edward Island, and President of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. He has also chaired the Red Cross Multi-Sport Relay and the Prince Edward Island United Way Campaign, as well as the Inspire fundraising campaign of the University of Prince Edward Island.

“This is an important time for Island Nature Trust and our newly named Board members will compliment the current board’s skill set to implement the new strategic plan as we work toward an even brighter future for the natural areas in our province.”, said June Jenkins Sanderson, President of Island Nature Trust.

In addition to the naming of new Board members, the Trust also awarded the 2020 Hon. J. Angus MacLean Natural Areas Award to nominee Ms. Jeanne Maki. Ms. Maki has spent her adult life working to safeguard one of PEI’s most important and threatened ecosystems: our forests. As a testament to her dedication, she recently designated close to 100 acres of woodlands in the Pinette-Belfast area as protected natural area under the private stewardship option of the PEI Natural Areas Protection Act.

Quick Facts

  • The Island Nature Trust was created in 1979.
  • The Trust is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who provide the strategic direction and priorities for the organization.
  • The Trust is committed to environmentally and socially responsible management of natural areas on PEI.
  • The Trust is a key provider of technical, science-based knowledge on land stewardship and wildlife on PEI for landowners, governments and partner environmental groups.

Ben Russell – Communications Manager ben@islandnaturetrust.ca

Megan Harris – Executive Director exdir@islandnaturetrust.ca

Crown Point Coastal Headland Saved: A Wildlife Kingdom Wakes Up

Crown Point headland, home to a diverse range of coastal and wetland wildlife, has been secured by Island Nature Trust thanks to the outstanding support of Environment and Climate Change Canada, MapleCross Fund, and roughly one hundred individual Islanders. When INT first invited the public to donate towards its acquisition in February, it was a land in hibernation – lying dormant under a crisp layer of snow. With Spring now fully sprung, this dynamic natural space is starting to reveal its gifts for Islanders to discover. It is a land waking up!

Amid the turbulence of COVID-19, the acquisition of Crown Point with its multitude of flora and fauna is a healing balm for the human spirit. It is a kingdom teeming with wildlife. The 120-acre land parcel now protected is a rich mix of salt marsh, coastal cliff, forested bluff and peatland habitats that provide homes for countless birds and small mammals. Water-birds forage along the tideline while harbour seals loaf offshore in a vibrant setting that will now be protected for generations of Islanders to appreciate forever.

The proximity of this undeveloped headland to the growing community of Stratford, PEI meant the window to secure its protection was limited.  Stratford is experiencing extensive population growth, placing the nearby coastal ecosystem under pressure from both land and sea.  Holding this land in trust means Island Nature Trust can protect this critical bionetwork and coastal interface in perpetuity. MapleCross Fund and individual Islanders heard the urgency of our requests for support and worked at the eleventh hour to ensure we did not need to carry a loan from our sister land trust in Nova Scotia.

With over 90% of PEI’s coastline in private ownership, human use can and does impact on the sharing of coastal resources. This stretch of shoreline with its extensive salt marsh wetlands are critical resting places for migrating shorebirds and waterfowl moving north – south on the Atlantic Migratory Flyway. Casting an eye ahead, Island Nature Trust hopes to work with new neighbours and supporters to protect the broader span of continuous saltmarsh along Pownal Bay, China Point and Orwell Bay for these long-distance wild migrants. This acquisition experience has shown us once again that we can depend on the incredible generosity of the people of Prince Edward Island as well as regional and national conservation partners to support the conservation of our iconic red Island shores.

Notes to editors:

  • Island Nature Trust is the oldest private land trust, working since 1979 to protect land in PEI and manage it responsibly. INT is an independent, membership-based, nongovernment, Canadian charity that is province-wide in scope and fuelled by the passion of Islanders for their beautiful rural island landscape. We work to conserve land for its intrinsic value so that we continue to benefit from the natural services it provides for the community – clean water, clean air and a livable environment.
  • Island Nature Trust acquires, manages, and protects forever a network of natural areas throughout PEI for the benefit of wildlife and local people. Over the course of 40 years, we have acquired and provide stewardship for over 5,000 acres of land in 53 natural areas across the province. These conservation achievements would not be possible without the engagement and continued support of Island communities. We are a key provider of technical, science-based knowledge on land stewardship and wildlife in PEI for landowners, governments, and partner environmental groups.
  • This acquisition is part  of a collaborative effort of the three regional Maritime land trusts (Island Nature Trust, Nature Trust of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia Nature Trust), targeting wetland and adjoining upland securement in areas with healthy, diverse coastal and riparian wetland.
  • 118 acres have been acquired with donations of over $80,000 received from the public towards its acquisition.
  • The majority contribution was funded through the Canada Nature Fund (Environment and Climate Change Canada), North American Waterfowl Management Plan, Eastern Habitat Joint Venture supporting portion.
  • Purchase of this property by Island Nature Trust has the blessing of the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of Prince Edward Island.

Contact:

Ben Russell – Communications Manager ben@islandnaturetrust.ca

Megan Harris – Executive Director exdir@islandnaturetrust.ca

Increasing Protection for PEI Beaches

Every summer, staff and volunteers at Island Nature Trust (INT) and Parks Canada staff at PEI National Park work to educate beach users and protect the endangered Piping Plover which nests on PEI beaches. This summer, these stewardship efforts will receive increased support from three enforcement agencies: Environment Canada Wildlife Enforcement Division, PEI’s Department of Justice and Public Safety – Investigation & Enforcement Section, and Parks Canada, Law Enforcement Branch.

These agencies will be working in collaboration with INT and Parks Canada to protect Piping Plovers and their shoreline habitat by educating the public and ensuring compliance with protective laws included in the Migratory Birds Convention Act, the Species at Risk Act and Canada National Parks Act. Enforcement agencies will be increasing patrols on beaches across PEI with nesting shorebirds. This time of year is critical in protecting both nests and chicks from disturbance.

In recent years, multiple charges were laid by Provincial Conservation Officers for motor vehicles on beaches and sand dunes, while Parks Canada Law Enforcement Officers issued charges for visitors with dogs in closed areas. 

“Our beaches are popular destinations for Islanders during the summer, but are fragile ecosystems are also home to some of our most vulnerable wildlife. We hope to share this message with Islanders this summer and keep our beaches safe for everyone”, says PEI Investigation and Enforcement Division Manager, Wade MacKinnon.

Beaches are important habitat for wildlife:  many species of shorebirds stopover on PEI beaches every summer, while migrating north to nest. A few species remain throughout the summer, including the Piping Plover, which is vulnerable as it nests on the open beach, between the edge of the dune and the high tide line. Piping Plover rely heavily on camouflage in the cobble-sand area of the upper beach to protect their young from natural predation. Any disturbance that gives away the location of their nest puts the eggs and young at risk and leads to lower success in raising chicks.

Both the Island Nature Trust and Parks Canada take action to contribute to the recovery of Piping Plovers:   

  • In PEI National Park, Piping Plover nesting beaches are closed to the public and domestic animals (including dogs) are prohibited on park beaches from April 1 – October 15 annually.
  • On provincial beaches, INT staff install symbolic fencing with signs and rope around nesting areas. When visiting a provincial beach, you can help reduce disturbance to nesting birds by staying close to the water’s edge, keeping your pets on leash, and taking your trash home or placing it in a garbage bin. Additionally, the Provincial Government has signed Provincial beaches that have nesting Plovers requiring dog owners to have their dog on a leash.

Notes to editors:

  • Piping Plovers nest on PEI’s north and eastern shores from mid-April to mid-July. In 2018, 56 individual Piping Plovers returned to nest on PEI beaches.
  • Threats to Piping Plovers include: human disturbance, vehicles on beaches, off-leash pets, and predators, which are often attracted by garbage left on the beach. 
  • Reports of illegal activity on provincial beaches can be reported to PEI’s Department of Justice- Investigation & Enforcement Division (902-368-4808); in PEI National Park, call 1 877-8523100
  • Reports of Piping Plover on beaches can be sent to Island Nature Trust (902-892-7513).
  • For updates on beach closures and the status of nesting Piping Plovers in PEI National Park, please visit our “2019 Plover Watch” web page, available at www.pc.gc.ca/pei 

Contact:

Vicki Johnson
Coordinator, Piping Plover Program 
Island Nature Trust
plover@islandnaturetrust.ca
Work: 902-892-7513

Wade MacKinnon
Manager of Investigation and Enforcement Environment, Labour and Justice
wjmackinnon@gov.pe.ca
Work: 902-368-4808

Kerry-Lynn Atkinson, M.Sc.
Coordinator, Species at Risk Program
Coordonnatrice, Programme d’espèces en peril
Parks Canada | Parcs Canada
Prince Edward Island Field Unit | Unite de gestion, Ile-du-Prince-Edouard
kerry-lynn.atkinson@canada.ca 
Telephone | Téléphone:  902-672-6367