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By P199 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons

CBC News, Thunder Bay

The Nature Conservancy of Canada has taken action to protect some pristine islands on Lake Superior’s north shore.

It has purchased the 162-hectare Powder Islands, near Rossport, through the federal government’s Natural Areas Conservation Program.

The islands are home to some rare species of plants and animals, including the bald eagle and a blue wildflower called Franklin’s scorpion-weed.

The Nature Conservancy regional vice-president for Ontario, James Duncan, said the two islands boast a spectacular diversity of habitat.

“Every corner you turn, there is a slightly different habitat — from cobble beaches to cliff faces to sand shorelines.”