Canada invests in the expansion of New Brunswick’s Portobello Creek National Wildlife Area

Ontario: The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded Canadians how important nature is to our health and well-being. By investing in conserving and restoring our natural environment, we can fight climate change, protect our iconic Canadian biodiversity, and ensure that Canadians across the country have access to nature in their communities.

Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, announced an additional 268 hectares will be added to the Portobello Creek National Wildlife Area, increasing the ecological connectivity of the national wildlife area and further protecting the unique wetland habitat.

Initially created in 1995, the Portobello Creek National Wildlife Area is open throughout the year for activities like hiking; wildlife viewing; swimming and boating in the summer; and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and skating in the winter. The national wildlife area hosts a regionally unique wetland complex and forested floodplain habitat that provides important production, staging, and migration habitat for waterfowl. Protecting a greater area within the Portobello Creek region will reduce threats to species at risk such as the Canada warbler, common nighthawk, Eastern wood pewee, and the least bittern.

The additional six parcels of land purchased from J.D. Irving, Limited (178 hectares) and Five Islands Forest Development Ltd. (90 hectares) will increase this national wildlife area’s footprint to just over 3,200 hectares. This expansion brings Canada one step closer to its goal of conserving 25 percent of its land and inland waters and 25 percent of its oceans by 2025. Funding for this initiative comes from the historic Budget 2018 investment of $1.3 billion in the Nature Legacy initiative.

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