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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Federal Government Buys More Land for Bruce Peninsula National Park

Bruce Peninsula | by Matt Hermiz  

12-acre property is surrounded by Driftwood Cove, the more than 3,200 acre lot purchased by feds last year.

The federal government has reached an agreement to purchase more private lands to add to Bruce Peninsula National Park.

According to a release, the government will acquire a 12-acre property with 500 metres of Georgian Bay Shoreline. The purchase price has not yet been disclosed.

"This property was a critical piece in the completion of the park," a federal government statement explains. "Its acquisition will contribute to preserving the ecological integrity of the park, including the recovery of species at risk like the Massasauga rattlesnake and some of the oldest trees in eastern North America."

According to information provided by the government, the 12-acre property being purchased is undeveloped forest and a section of the Bruce Trail crosses through it. The property is fully surrounded by Driftwood Cove, the 3,272-acre lot near Tobermory which was bought by the federal government last year for $22.5-million.

A government statement explains Bruce Peninsula National Park is one of the largest protected areas in southern Ontario and is now 90 per cent complete.

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