SHELBURNE, NS, Nov. 2, 2011 /CNW/ - Gerald Keddy, Member of Parliament
for South Shore—St. Margaret's and Parliamentary Secretary to the
Minister of International Trade, for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities
Agency and the Atlantic Gateway, on behalf of Canada's Minister of the
Environment, the Honourable Peter Kent, today announced the Nature
Conservancy of Canada's successful acquisition of two privately held
properties totalling 148 hectares of land near Shelburne, Nova Scotia.
These properties were secured in part with funding from Environment
Canada's Natural Areas Conservation Program.
"Today's announcement shows our government's commitment to conserving
our environment for the benefit of all Canadians," said MP Keddy. "The
conservation of this south western area of Nova Scotia will continue to
provide a healthy habitat where many species can thrive and survive."
The J&J Cox Limited properties are located along the Scotian South Shore
within the Bowers Meadows Wilderness Area and provide habitat for
nesting migratory waterfowl such as the American Black Duck, as well as
for the American Black Bear, Bobcat and Coyote.
The coastline of this area consists of freshwater wetlands, beaches and
dunes, salt marshes, bogs and tidal flats that provide an ideal habitat
for migratory birds such as Canada Geese and the Green-winged Teal. The
Common Eider and the Double-crested Cormorant also nest here. The
Scotian South Shore also supports the endangered Piping Plover and the
vulnerable Rose Coreopsis.
"This acquisition marks another achievement under our government's
Natural Areas Conservation Program," said Minister Kent. "We continue
to take real action across Canada to protect our ecosystems and
sensitive species for present and future generations. Your actions
today will help to protect the abundance and variety of life that will
constitute our natural heritage tomorrow."
"The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is pleased to work
collaboratively with the Government of Canada and the Nova Scotia Crown
Share Land Legacy Trust to get positive environmental results in this
province," said Craig Smith, NCC Program Manager for Nova Scotia.
"Together, we are protecting vulnerable species and habitat while, at
the same time, preventing increased development and timber wood
harvesting in this sensitive ecological area."
The Government of Canada's $225-million Natural Areas Conservation
Program and ongoing contributions from donors ensure the protection of
natural areas in Canada. As of March 2011, the Natural Areas
Conservation Program has protected 160,796 hectares, almost three times
the size of Quebec City, which includes habitat for 101 species at
For more information and to view a backgrounder on this announcement,
please visit the Web site of Environment Canada at http://www.ec.gc.ca/.
(Également offert en français)
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