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October 22, 2019

Wilderness Area Protects Amhersts Water

first_imgThe Town of Amherst’s drinking water supply is now better protected with the designation of watershed lands as a provincial wilderness area. Nine-hundred and seventy hectares of Amherst-owned lands, north-east of the town, make up the new Chignecto Isthmus Wilderness Area. “We are pleased to work with one of our municipal partners to protect their water supply and biodiversity, through this collaborative effort,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Environment. “Protecting these lands demonstrates continued progress on the government’s commitment to move toward a greener Nova Scotia by protecting 12 per cent of our provincial land base by 2015.” The town requested that the province apply the higher level of protection to the lands which are within the municipal water protection area. Department of Environment and town staff worked closely together to develop terms and conditions of designation acceptable to both parties. “The Town of Amherst is very pleased to have its watershed lands protected as the Chignecto Isthmus Wilderness Area,” said Robert Small, mayor of Amherst. “The wilderness area designation will provide enhanced protection for our drinking water supply while ensuring that a beautiful natural area is preserved for the benefits of our residents and visitors alike.” The area protects bogs, marshes, coniferous and mixed forest and the endangered mainland moose. Its importance also stems from its location in the narrow, low-lying land bridge which connects Nova Scotia to New Brunswick. The area was already closed to unauthorized use of motorized vehicles by provincial water supply protection regulations. The Department of Natural Resources assisted with the designation. This is the second wilderness area to be established on municipal water supply lands. In 2005, the Town of Antigonish agreed that lands surrounding that town’s municipal water supply would be added to the Eigg Mountain-James River Wilderness Area. The Chignecto Isthmus Wilderness Area is located in northern Cumberland County and is not to be confused with the Chignecto Game Sanctuary which is in the western side of the county and is managed by the department of Natural Resources.last_img read more

September 25, 2019

Ratty returns as water voles flourish in the Yorkshire Dales

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Show more Rare water voles are flourishing again in the Yorkshire Dales following a successful reintroduction programme by the National Trust.More than one hundred water voles, which were the inspiration for Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows were released around Malham Tarn last August, the first time the little creatures had been seen in the area of 50 years.Now nine months later, a survey has shown that the water voles have spread almost a mile away from the original release site, and are flourishing.Roisin Black, National Trust ranger at Malham Tarn, said: “With a mild, wet winter, we were worried that the water levels around the tarn may rise too high and flood the burrows.”But it turns out that the voles have spread out across one side of the tarn.”A hundred new water voles will be released onto the fenland surrounding Malham Tarn over the course of this week.The reintroduction is part of a plan by the National Trust to restore wildlife in the Yorkshire Dales. The National Trust aims to create 25,000 hectares of new ‘priority’ nature habitats by 2025.”The water voles area already changing the look of the tarn-side streams. The banks used to be straight-sided, almost like canals,” added Ms Black.center_img “But by burrowing into the banks, the voles have created much more natural-looking streams with shady pools that should be really good for invertebrates and small fish.”National Trust rangers will spend the coming months surveying water voles, looking for signs like the animals’ ‘litter’ (excrement), burrows and nibbled grass ends.“It will let us estimate the number of water voles we have here at Malham Tarn,” said Ms Blacklast_img read more