A large portion of Manitoulin Island will be the focus of the Nature Conservancy of Canada in 2021.
Catherine Grenier, the conservancy president and CEO says the agency will be focusing on conserving just over 7,600 hectares of land at Vidal Bay on Manitoulin.
With the Manitoulin being the largest freshwater island in the world, it supports the highest quality alvar habitat on the planet, as well as natural features including sand plain forests, wetlands and even the Niagara Escarpment, which runs along its length.
She adds it is also an important stopover for migrating birds, and home to many mammals including the black bear and the gray wolf.
She says of all goes well, the protected area of the conservancy will expand to some 250 square kilometres, the largest of its kind south of the Canadian Shield.
She adds an additional 86 kilometres of Great Lakes shoreline would also be protected, twice what is currently protected at Bruce Peninsula National Park.
PHOTO: The Nature Conservancy of Canada will be focusing on a major project in 2021 located on Manitoulin Island. Conservancy president and CEO, Catherine Grenier says the agency is looking to conserve just over 7,600 hectares at Vidal Bay on Manitoulin Island. Photo supplied by NCC.