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Media Statement: South Shore Protection

Provincial Crown Lands on the South Shore of Prince Edward County © Caroline Schultz

September 10, 2020 – Ontario Nature congratulates Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, Jeff Yurek, on his announcement that the government intends to permanently protect more than 3,200 acres of provincial Crown Lands on the South Shore of Prince Edward County as a Conservation Reserve – namely Point Petre Provincial Wildlife Area and Ostrander Point.

These lands form part of the Prince Edward County South Shore, a globally-significant Important Bird and Biodiversity Area, and provide critical habitat for migratory birds and at-risk species such as the Blanding’s turtle. Today’s announcement is a huge success for our Nature Network member group, the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists, and the South Shore Joint Initiative, that have worked tirelessly to champion this ecological gem.

You can read more about the South Shore of Prince Edward County in the feature article we published in ON Nature magazine – A Southern Ontario Sanctuary.

Please sign our Action Alert to call for the government to protect at least 17 percent of our lands and inland waters, and 10 percent of our coastal and marine areas.