Andrew Holland, a spokesman for the Nature Conservancy of Canada, said the donation from the Open Space Institute shows there is international relevance to the efforts to create a corridor for wildlife to encourage more of the New Brunswick moose population to cross over to neighbouring Nova Scotia and find mates.
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It's all part of program dubbed the Moose Sex Project, aimed at acquiring and maintaining a narrow strip of the Chignecto Isthmus — a strip of land between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick — to help preserve the declining population of Nova Scotia mainland moose.
The Nova Scotia mainland moose have been endangered since 2003 and Holland estimates there are about 1,000 of them remaining, compared to 29,000 in New Brunswick.
Holland said the donation is significant because it allows the organization to leverage more money from the federal government.
Six years ago, the Canadian government announced it would invest $225 million in the Natural Areas Conservation Program and entered into an agreement with the Nature Conservancy of Canada. As part of that agreement, the conservancy must find matching funds for every federal dollar it spends.
Holland said Cape Breton moose haven't been finding their way to the mainland due to the difficulties of crossing the Strait of Canso and the concentrated population in the north of the island.