KEMPT, N.S. - Conservationists and community members are gathering today in southwestern Nova Scotia to celebrate the province's newest turtle sanctuary.
The Nova Scotia Nature Trust has purchased a piece of property along McGowan Lake, home to one of Nova Scotia's three populations of the endangered Blanding's turtle.
Dennis Garratt (GARE-it), the nature trust's conservation manager, says the protection means no one will be able to develop and build in the area and threaten the turtles' nesting sites.
The Blanding's turtle is one of the longest-living and slowest maturing freshwater turtles in Canada.
Only 350 of the adult turtles remain in the wild in Nova Scotia.
The McGowan Lake Turtle Sanctuary is the 58th conservation area to be protected by the Nova Scotia Nature Trust.