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Algoma Highlands Conservancy gets federal funding for land purchase

The May acquisition of the Ebare Tract brings most of the King Mountain formation under AHC protection
Algoma Highlands Conservancy volunteer coordinator Ruth Koskenoja (left) and vice-president Dave Fanslowe (right) are pictured at the eastern gate of the AHC's newly purchased property on King Mountain.

The Algoma Highlands Conservancy (AHC) has received $130,000 in federal funding for its recent purchase of the Ebare Tract. 

The group bought the 332 acres of land, named after its previous owners Lorny and Julie Ebare, in May.

“The Ebare Tract provides additional habitat for the 17 federally or provincially designated species at risk that are found on AHC lands, including Canada Warbler, Eastern Wood Peewee, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Peregrine Falcon, Bald Eagle, and West Virginia White Butterfly and Monarch Butterfly,” AHC said in a news release.

The acquisition brings most of the King Mountain formation – located 30 km north of the Sault – under AHC protection.

“By working with partners such as the Algoma Highlands Conservancy, we are helping to protect the natural environment in Ontario and across the country,” said Minister of Environment and Climate Change Steven Guilbeault in a news release.

“Every hectare that we can help our partners protect plays a vital role in helping to halt and reverse biodiversity loss and contributes to the recovery of species at risk.”

The federal funding through the Natural Heritage Conservation Program helps the conservancy get closer to its fundraising goal of $320,000 to cover the cost of the purchase, along with maintenance.

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