Union Gas helps complete final link in Sudbury trail

$2,500 grant to Nickel District Conservation Authority's "Bridging the Gaps" initiative

SUDBURY, ON, July 19, 2013 /CNW/ - Upgrades to a 12 km hiking trail around Lake Laurentian moved closer to completion today, courtesy of a $2,500 grant from Union Gas.  The funds will assist the Nickel District Conservation Authority (NDCA) with trail improvements and upgrades to a causeway over an existing beaver dam crossing in the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area.

Steve Jelich, Union Gas district manager for Northeastern Ontario, presented the cheque to Lin Gibson, chairperson of Conservation Sudbury at the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area Nature Chalet. Others in attendance included Paul Sajatovic, NDCA general manager, members of 'Friends of Lake Laurentian and Union Gas and conservation area staff.

The Lake Laurentian Conservation Area is a 2,415 acre green space located ten minutes from downtown Sudbury. The conservation area provides four-season outdoor recreation opportunities including hiking, biking, running, walking, nature photography, environmental education, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. There are also numerous scenic lookouts, lakes, wetlands and a bird watching blind.

"The "Bridging the Gaps" initiative will complete improvements to the12 km hiking trail around Lake Laurentian and help to protect our natural environment," said Jelich, "We're proud to continue to support the important work that Nickel District Conservation Authority is doing on environmental conservation in this community, a goal we as a company share."

"We want to again sincerely thank Union Gas for this very generous donation," said Gibson. "Over the past two years we have received wonderful donations from Union Gas in support of our community jewel which is helping us provide more opportunities and enjoyment for visitors to the Conservation Area. Supporters like Union Gas are vitally important and we sincerely thank you."

In addition to natural gas delivery services for homes and businesses and contributing to the province's economy through investment, job creation, municipal taxes and energy efficiency programs, Union Gas has a clear set of best practices regarding the environment and actively encourages and promotes those practices via community groups throughout its distribution area. This value is reflected each year, as the company supports communities across Ontario through thousands of volunteer hours for local charitable and non-profit organizations, major charitable giving and sponsorships. Last year alone, Union Gas contributed about $3 million to charitable organizations across the province, including environmental programs and projects. For more information visit uniongas.com/community.

About Nickel District Conservation Authority
The Nickel District Conservation Authority in collaboration with partners, stakeholders and citizens, leads the conservation, management and restoration of watersheds in Greater Sudbury. The NDCA's vision is 'people working together to protect our watersheds.' For more information, visit nickeldistrict.ca.

About Union Gas
Union Gas Limited, a Spectra Energy (NYSE: SE) company, is a major Canadian natural gas storage, transmission and distribution company based in Ontario with 100 years of experience and service to customers, assets of over $5.8 billion and approximately 2,200 employees. The distribution business serves about 1.4 million residential, commercial and industrial customers in more than 400 communities across Ontario. Union Gas is one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2013. For more information, visit uniongas.com.

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SOURCE: Union Gas Limited

For further information:

Union Gas Limited 
Andrea Stass
Manager, External Communications and Media Relations
Ph: 519 436-5490 or 1-800-571-8446 ext. 5005490
Cell: 519 365-1010
astass@uniongas.com

Nickel District Conservation Authority
Paul Sajatovic
General Manager/Secretary-Treasurer
Ph: 705-674-5249 ext. 203
paul.sajatovic@sudbury.ca


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