NORTH ENMORE, PEI – The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has completed the purchase of two sites totaling 68 hectares of land along the Percival River in North Enmore.
In a Feb. 25 press release, the NCC said the properties are important to the organization’s conservation efforts and include salt marshes, freshwater wetlands and a forest. One of the sites is at the mouth of Percival Bay.
The NCC said the Percival River is a vital wildlife sanctuary because it is the largest contiguous stretch of salt marsh and one of the most intact wildlife and habitat corridors in the province, making it important for migratory waterfowl, shorebirds and seabirds.
The river also empties into Egmont Bay and the Northumberland Strait.
Many other species use the property including crested woodpecker, gray heron, willet and osprey and the forest has a mix of black spruce, red maple and balsam fir.
NCC-PEI Program Director Lanna Campbell said total protected land in the Percival River area is now approximately 870 hectares.
“We are able to do this work because of the generosity and support of individuals, landowners and donors,” Campbell said. “The Percival River area has an impressive intact salt marsh that not only stabilizes and protects the shoreline but also contributes to marine and coastal food webs.”
The NCC has been working in the Percival River area since 2008. His Percival River Conservation Area now consists of 11 lots and 368 hectares.