A major chunk of protected habitat will soon be fully funded by multiple levels of government.
The Hasting Wildlife Junction has received $4.1 million from Environment and Climate Change Canada, and $2.5 million from the Government of Ontario. The 12,000-acre land south of Bancroft is under the care of the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and is some of the last undeveloped lands in Southern Ontario.
The funding will help acquire more lands in the area, which is at the centre of two critical wildlife corridors between Algonquin Park, the Adirondack Mountains in the U.S., Georgian Bay and the Kingston Area. NCC hopes to acquire just under 20,000 acres of land in total, which would make it one of the largest conservation areas in Canada.