Newly-pro­tected land in Cape Bre­ton

The Victoria Standard - - Local News - source: Na­ture Con­ser­vancy of Canada

162 hectares (400 acres) near Ot­tawa Brook, west of Iona, which fea­tures sink­holes, caves and ex­posed white cliffs char­ac­ter­is­tic of gyp­sum to­pog­ra­phy. The area pro­vides habi­tat for many rare and un­com­mon plants, such as yel­low lady’s-slip­per and bo­real aster. The land was par­tially do­nated by David and Pamela New­ton, un­der the Govern­ment of Canada’s Ecogift pro­gram.

69 hectares (170 acres) of mainly Aca­dian for­est near Mar­ble Moun­tain, on the Bras d’or Lakes. Due to ex­ten­sive har­vest­ing over hun­dreds of years, less than 5 per cent of the Mar­itime prov­inces’ orig­i­nal Aca­dian for­est re­mains in­tact.

43-hectare (106-acre) site at West Lake Ainslie, near the Black River Bog Na­ture Re­serve man­aged by the Province of Nova Sco­tia. The area sur­round­ing Lake Ainslie has one of the most sig­nif­i­cant groups of rare plants in Nova Sco­tia.

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