MONCTON, N.B. – The Nature Conservancy of Canada has received a donation of private land from a former top diplomat to assist in promoting moose love along the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick boundary.

The land conservation organization has been attempting to assemble a corridor of land on the Chignecto Isthmus between the two provinces as part of its so-called Moose Sex Project.

Derek Burney, a former Canadian ambassador to the United States and chief of staff to Brian Mulroney when he was prime minister, says his woodlots taught his family about nature.

“We really got to enjoy nature in a way that we didn’t in Ottawa and Washington and Tokyo and some of the places where my official life took me and I think that was what sparked the interest.”

Burney says it gives him pleasure to see his land will be used to assist species to migrate and find new mates across the narrow isthmus between the two provinces.

John Lounds, president and CEO with the conservancy, says about 1,000 mainland moose in Nova Scotia have been endangered since 2003 and the conservancy says the corridors will help the thriving population in New Brunswick migrate and find mates in the neighbouring province.

“We’re trying to make sure that there’s no barriers to that kind of movement from New Brunswick into Nova Scotia.  Everything narrows down at that particular point so obviously there’s no other way for the moose to actually get across.  That’s why it’s critically important.”

Lounds says there are studies planned to see what further areas are required.

A total of 342 hectares of land was donated.

92% of that total was given by the Burney family.