Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Some good news in the protecting-nature department

A gift of a big chunk of undeveloped land located on lake Memphremagog straddling both sides of the US-Canada border has passed its red-tape hurdles (this was a time-limited offer) and will become parkland.

The posthumous fulfilment of Michael Dunn's dream will see the creation of the 900-acre Eagle Point park along the eastern shore of Lake Memphremagog, a popular outdoor recreation area about 140 kilometres southeast of Montreal.

His verdant legacy is being hailed as a new symbol of friendship between Canada and the U.S. and as a significant step toward protecting a productive but threatened bi-national ecosystem — including choice habitat to bolster the recovery of America's ultimate icon of nature and patriotic pride: the bald eagle.


Last week, just days before Dunn's deadline, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it had struck a deal with various state agencies in Vermont to accept the Montrealer's offer and jointly manage the U.S. stretch of the new lakeshore park.

As conservationists, we think this is very big news.

Read more in the Gazette article here.

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