Corridor for mating moose in Maritimes gets important land donation

The Nature Conservancy of Canada has received a donation of two large parcels of private land from a former top diplomat to assist in promoting moose love along the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick boundary.

The land conservation organization has been attempting to assemble a corridor of land on the Chignecto Isthmus between the two provinces as part of its so-called Moose Sex Project.

Derek Burney, a former Canadian ambassador to the United States and chief of staff to Brian Mulroney when he was prime minister, says his woodlots near Sackville, N.B., taught his family about nature.

He says it gives him pleasure to see they will be used to assist species to migrate and find new mates across the narrow isthmus between the two provinces.

Paula Noel, program director with the conservancy, says the project has protected so far protected about 600 hectares, with studies planned to see what further areas are required.

About 1,000 mainland moose in Nova Scotia have been endangered since 2003 and the conservancy says the corridors will help the thriving population in New Brunswick migrate and find mates in the neighbouring province.