Mount Elephant and Green Mountains, Canada
New York, NY — August 4, 2010 — With the generous support of an anonymous foundation, OSI launched the $1 million Transborder Land Protection Fund in June 2009. The Fund is now soliciting new applications and OSI will make its second round of grant decisions to support conservation in this region in December 2010. Please note that the deadline for grant applications is October 4, 2010.
Stretching from New York to Nova Scotia across more than 80 million acres, this forested eco-region provides critical habitat for wildlife as well as clean water, recreation and forest products for humankind. In recent years, there has been a growing awareness in the U.S. and Canada that coordinated international action is needed to protect this precious shared natural resource.
Thus far, the Fund has not only approved $430,000 in grants to assist in protection of approximately 14,000 acres in four different states and provinces; it has also helped generate media coverage and political support for the important conservation work going on in this region.
Last month, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), with a $100,000 grant from the Fund for transaction and stewardship expenses, purchased a 750-acre tract of land on Burnt Mountain in the Sutton Mountains in southern Quebec, directly across the border from a 1,000-acre tract in Vermont that The Trust for Public Land is seeking to purchase and conserve, also with a $100,000 grant from the Fund. Press Release
The projects became the focus of a strong display of political support by the Provincial Government of Quebec. Jean Charest, the premier of Quebec, held a news conference in the Suttons to herald his government’s investment of $1.5M CA in acquisition projects, including Burnt Mountain, and to highlight the need to protect and connect natural areas, from the Green Mountains in Vermont to the Suttons in Quebec (Premier's statement in French).
The Green to Sutton region is one of a number of corridors being targeted by the Transborder Land Protection Fund. The area has benefitted from significant planning and coordination by groups in Canada and the U.S. and tremendous leadership by the Nature Conservancy of Canada, which has protected about 17,000 acres of land in southern Quebec over the last decade. We are pleased that the Fund can facilitate and link transactions on both sides of the border.
Organizations with any questions about grant criteria or applications should contact Jennifer Melville, OSI’s grant and loan coordinator.