(l-r): Island Nature Trust staff Charlotte Thompson, Fund Development Coordinator and Bianca McGregor, Executive Director, pictured with Darlene Compton, Minister of Finance for PEI.

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Island Nature Trust gets donation from PEI liquor stores

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A five-year agreement with PEI Liquor Control Commission (PEILCC) and partnering suppliers, has helped the Island Nature Trust (INT) acquire natural areas in Alexandra and significantly accelerated its protection program.

The successful collaboration concluded this year with participating suppliers of beer, wine and spirits donating a portion of their sales of participating products at PEILCC retail outlets to INT.

With $95,337 raised over five years, funds from the initiative have helped the Trust protect over 1600 acres of forest, wetlands and coast in PEI.

Raised funds from the initiative went directly to the purchase of Crown Point headland in Alexandra. The 120-acre parcel’s location, next to the urban hubs of Charlottetown and Stratford, meant this ecological treasure was threatened by population growth and development before the Trust acquired the western headland. With adjacent parcels in the Trust’s sights, a corridor of connectivity can be realised in the acquisition and protection of the broader span of continuous saltmarsh along Pownal Bay. This stretch of shoreline, with its extensive salt marsh wetlands, provides critical resting places for migrating shorebirds and waterfowl moving north and south on the Atlantic Migratory Flyway.

In addition, the partnership has helped INT to advance its stewardship program across its 65+ Natural Areas, allowing the Trust to maintain and steward their trails in addition to hosting education and engagement opportunities.