Black Brook, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia – Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) has accepted a land donation in Black Brook, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia thanks to the generosity of four landowners. The property is located along Morrison Lake and contains a mix of wetland and forested habitat. Conserving this important area is now a shared effort with the Port Morien Wildlife Association (PMWA).
DUC met with PMWA and one of the landowners last year to discuss the land donation as well as the idea of partnering with PMWA on the future management of the property.
“It was a win for all parties involved. We could accept the land donation, being a non-profit charitable organization, and Port Morien Wildlife Association could utilize the property for conservation outreach activities and help us maintain it,” says Lee Millett, conservation programs specialist with DUC.
“We wanted to see the land protected into the future, so we contacted Ducks Unlimited Canada about the donation. We worked with Ducks Unlimited staff on other projects and share their passion in conserving wetlands for waterfowl, other wildlife and people,” says Jeff McNeil, president of PMWA.
The treed swamp and riparian wetland on the lakeside property provide important habitat for waterfowl and a variety of bird species.
Once the land was acquired by DUC, Port Morien Management Association signed a long-term management agreement that grants the association access to the property for low-impact recreational activities such as youth fishing derbies and bird watching.
“DUC recognizes the importance of having local stakeholders on the ground to monitor the property and ensure its protection into the future,” says Millett.
Funding to accept the land donation was obtained through the Province of Nova Scotia’s Challenge Fund project and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) delivers wetland conservation that benefits every Canadian. We keep the water in your lakes and rivers clean. We protect your community from the effects of flood and drought. We save wildlife and special natural places. We use science to find solutions to the most important environmental issues of the day and we collaborate with people who are helping create a healthier world. The wetlands we save aren’t just for ducks; they’re for all of us.
Conservation Programs Specialist, Nova Scotia