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Nature Conservancy of Canada official says Wetlands Serve Many Benefits

Today is not only Groundhog Day, it is also World Wetlands Day.  It’s a day to raise awareness and the importance of wetlands.  In all , 65 per cent of coastal wetlands in Atlantic Canada have been lost to climate change, pollution, conversion to agriculture and development pressures.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Stewardship Director in Nova Scotia, Doug van Hemessen, says wetlands serve a number of useful purposes.
Van Hemessen says a large portion of Nova Scotia’s landscape is wetland. There’s  360-thousand hectares of fresh water wetlands and another 17-thousand hectares of salt marsh in the province.   There’s about 5.5 million hectares of land in Nova Scotia
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Three large properties in Cape Breton Island listed under protection

The Nature Conservancy of Canada has announced it has protected three habitats on Cape Breton Island totalling 676 acres.
It includes 400 acres near Ottawa Brook, west of Iona, featuring sinkholes, caves and exposed white cliffs characteristic of the gypsum topography.  It is home to many rare and uncommon plants.
There’s another 170 acres of mainly Acadian Forest near Marble Mountain at the Bras d’Or Lakes.
The third site is 106 acres at West Lake Ainslie, near the Black River Bog Nature Reserve.  It has one of the most significant groups of rare plants in the province.