Conservation group buys swath of Outaouais land to protect turtles

By Joseph Tunney, CBC News Ottawa, February 16, 2020

They might not know it, but a group of endangered turtles in the Outaouais has a reason to celebrate.

On Saturday, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) announced it had purchased 31 hectares of land near Bristol, Que., in the hopes of protecting the habitat of Blanding's turtles, a species considered threatened by the Quebec government and endangered by the federal government.

"It means the land will not be developed. We will not be seeing housing, cabins or any new trails added to the land. Not anytime soon," said Caroline Gagné, the group's program director for western Quebec.

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