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Nature Conservancy of Canada expands conservation area on Lake Huron island

Last Updated Aug 19, 2019 at 10:00 am EDT

Cockburn Island, Photo Credit: NATURE CONSERVANCY OF CANADA

A national not-for-profit land trust says it has expanded a conservation area on a Lake Huron island that has large forests and a long stretch of undeveloped shoreline.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada says the portion of land it now protects on Cockburn Island, west of Manitoulin Island, is 107 square kilometres.

It says the island has one of the largest hardwood forest ecosystems in southern Ontario, and is a vital breeding area and stopover site for migratory songbirds and waterfowl.

The NCC says the island is also home to many mammals, and has rivers and creeks that support several species.

The organization had already protected more than 60 per cent of the island and launched a campaign in March to expand the conservation area.

It plans to conduct biological surveys to learn more about the island and look at removing invasive species in the area.