Nature Conservancy announces major protection for Manitoulin Island’s Vidal Bay

Vidal Bay, Manitoulin Island Archipelago, ON (photo by Jamin Hudson)

The Nature Conservancy of Canada has announced “one of its largest-ever single-property acquisitions in Ontario. Covering 7,608 hectares, the Vidal Bay Forests and Shoreline property protects 18.5 kilometres of shoreline on Manitoulin Island, on the north channel of Lake Huron.” Vidal Bay is on the northwest shore of Manitoulin Island, next to Meldrum Bay. “Vidal Bay connects with adjacent conservation lands to form a protected area of more than 248 square kilometres of forests, wetlands and shoreline, the largest of its kind south of the Canadian Shield in Ontario…This important land conservation project was made possible thanks to the generosity of private donors, including area residents, cottagers and organizations, as well as funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Lafarge and Manitoulin Transport. The project was funded in part by the Ontario government, through the Greenlands Conservation Partnership, as well as by funding provided by the Government of Canada’s Natural Heritage Conservation Program, part of Canada’s Nature Fund.” The Nature Conservancy notes that the new acquisition’s waterfront  “overlaps with the Manitoulin Island North Shore Important Bird Area, designated due to its importance for migratory and breeding species of at-risk birds.”

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