The Nature Conservancy of Canada wants to purchase a huge swath of undeveloped shoreline along Lake Superior in order to protect it. The only problem is, they need $8.5 million to do it.
They’re hoping to buy a total of 21 kilometres of shoreline, which includes about 1,000 hectares of undeveloped coastal forest along Little Trout Bay, located just south of Thunder Bay on the western edge of Lake Superior.
What’s so special about this chunk of land?
“It is at the heart of a really important habitat area that has been identified,” NCC program director Gary Davies told CBC News.
According to reports, it’s the last undeveloped privately owned bay on Lake Superior’s western shore. It’s also home to rare coastal plant species, and provides habitat for threatened bird species such as the peregrine falcon.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada is a national land conservation organization that works to protect Canada’s most threatened natural habitats. Since 1962, they’ve helped protect more than 1.1 million hectares (2.8 million acres) of land across the country. Recently, they acquired Caribou Island—an uninhibited island in the east end of Lake Superior—effectively making it off limits to development.
What Davies wants to make clear, though, is that the land they purchase is generally open to the public.
“We don’t put fences around it, we really encourage use, because we want people to connect with the features we’re protecting,” he said.
The NCC began fundraising in January, seeking support from locals and neighbours south of the border.
“The folks in the States have a great love of Lake Superior,” Davies said. “But we are also seeking local support—both to purchase and for the ongoing management of the property.”
If you’d like to learn more about how to get involved, head to the NCC’s website, or you can give them a call, which will connect you directly to Davies.