TORONTO, March 21, 2013 /CNW/ - The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)
applauds the extension of the Natural Areas Conservation Program
contained in the 2013 Federal Budget.
The budget, tabled today by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, has allotted
an additional $20 million to support the Natural Areas Conservation
Program through 2013-14. This additional $20 million will help to
protect more of Canada's most sensitive landscapes. The federal
commitment will be matched by funds raised by NCC from other sources.
The Natural Areas Conservation Program is a national program to acquire
and conserve ecologically sensitive lands. It was launched by the
Harper Government in 2007 and is administered by the Nature Conservancy
of Canada with the participation of other land conservation
organizations across the country. Under the program NCC and its
partners have already conserved more than 3,500 square kilometres,
habitat for 146 species at risk.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada is also pleased to see a further
commitment in the budget to a National Conservation Plan. As Canada's
not-for-profit conservation leader we look forward to working with
government and contributing fully to the development of this vitally
"The continued support of the Natural Areas Conservation Program speaks
loudly to the Government's commitment to this unique public-private
partnership that invests in direct, on-the-ground action to conserve
our environment," said John Lounds, President & CEO of the Nature
Conservancy of Canada. "The Natural Areas Conservation Program creates
solutions that are good for nature and good for Canadians."
Established in 2007, with a $225 million investment by the Government of
Canada, the Natural Areas Conservation Program is a public-private
The program is the largest commitment by any Canadian government to the
conservation of natural spaces through the protection of private lands.
Over 3,540 square kilometers have already been conserved under the
To date, natural habitat has been protected for more than 146 Species at
For every $1 of federal funding the Nature Conservancy of Canada and its
partners are raising more than $2 in cash and land donations.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is the nation's leading land
conservation organization, working to protect our most important
natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962 NCC and its
partners have helped to protect more than 2.6 million acres (more than
1 million hectares), coast to coast. To learn more visit: www.natureconservancy.ca.
SOURCE: Nature Conservancy of Canada
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