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Batchewana Island, a 'Disneyland' for nature lovers, now permanently protected

'When nature thrives, we all thrive': Originally announced earlier this year, island north of the Sault now officially protected after conservancy group raises necessary funds
Batchewana Island is a 5,200 acre island located in Batchawana Bay, 45 kilometers north of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., shown in this undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Nature Conservancy of Canada, Gary McGuffin *MANDATORY CREDIT*

A prominent Canadian conservation group has raised enough money to permanently protect Batchewana Island, one of the largest privately owned islands in Lake Superior.

Earlier this year, The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) announced a $7.2-million deal to purchase the island, located 45 kilometres north of the Sault. But the organization needed to raise an additional $1.2-million to ensure it remains a permanent haven for wildlife, birds and fish. 

“Thanks an ambitious campaign” and the “steadfast support of many community partners, donors and foundations,” the NCC has reached that goal.


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