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Thirteen Miles of Lake Superior Shoreline Protected


The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has purchased one of the last privately owned, undeveloped shorelines between Duluth, Minnesota, and Thunder Bay, Ontario. 

Known as Big Trout Bay, the property is located just 45 minutes from Thunder Bay, on the shores of Lake Superior. The 2,517-acre property is composed mostly of coastal boreal forest, and includes 13 miles of undeveloped shoreline with towering cliffs, stretches of open bedrock and rugged cobble beach. These shoreline areas are especially important for biodiversity, as they provide varied habitat for species such as bird’s-eye primrose, lake trout, moose, bald eagles and peregrine falcons, which are assessed as special concern by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC).

“This is a massive international undertaking, but when faced with the potential loss of habitat and wildlife on the largest freshwater lake in the world, thinking big is essential,” says James Duncan, Nature Conservancy of Canada vice president, Ontario region. “Most importantly, this project gives us hope that the landscapes we love today will be here for others to enjoy tomorrow. It’s an extraordinary opportunity to make substantive and tangible progress on our overall goal of protecting Lake Superior’s North Shore.”

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Lake Superior photo by Mhairi Mcfarlane

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