HAPPY CANADA DAY

The Nature Conservancy of Canada Celebrates Canada Day by Protecting 7,600 Acres of Land and the Gifts from Canadians that Made it Happen

TORONTO, July 1, 2011 /CNW/ - The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is announcing the protection of nearly 7,600 acres (3,076 hectares) in celebration of Canada Day and the significant contribution of the many Canadians that made this happen.

Every day, Canadians are stepping forward and becoming a force for nature while working towards the protection of our nation's natural heritage. Significant gifts from Canadians coast to coast have ensured that Canada's natural heritage which provides habitat for species at risk, will be forever protected. These include land donations, financial contributions and their precious time to help protect special places.

The announcement today adds to the over 2 million acres NCC has already helped to protect. To learn more about the properties and the gifts from Canadians, visit www.natureconservancy.ca/gifts2011.

The Gifts from Canadians:

Kamloops, British Columbia 640 acres (260 hectares) Warner Philip Conservation Area

"The ranch meant everything to Warner. The last thing he wanted to do before going into the Kamloops Hospice was to be driven around the old homestead and the rest of the ranch. I know that Warner would appreciate the land staying as it is, rather than being settled, and that is also the way I feel."

Connie Philip, landowner and NCC donor

Longview, Alberta 2,610 acres (1,056 hectares) Chinook Ranch

"Conserving this place is aligned with the special connection each of us has to this land."

Stephen Hughes, landowner and NCC donor

Regina, Saskatchewan 1,342 acres (543 hectares) Fairy Hill Property

"The Nature Conservancy of Canada has conserved key parcels of land to protect certain areas of our ecosystem for future generations. Awestruck by this vista, I believe Fairy Hill is one of these parcels!"

Robert Eisner, member of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Saskatchewan Region Board

Brandon, Manitoba 160 acres (64 hectares) Habok Property

"Stan and I are very happy that the Nature Conservancy of Canada is protecting this land because it is a unique piece of our environment. With NCC's excellent record of conserving these special pieces of land, we are more secure now knowing that we have done the right thing."

Sharran Habok, NCC donor

Norfolk County, Ontario 2,700 acres (1,092 hectares) Turkey Point Marsh

"The Turkey Point Company is very pleased to be able to partner with NCC to ensure the long-term protection of the biodiversity in our ever-evolving marsh ecosystem, while at the same time continuing our 125-year tradition of sustainable hunting, fishing and trapping."

Ron Christie, Turkey Point Company President

Grand Barachois, New Brunswick 1.8 acres (0.7 hectares) Maurice Property

"This is an important project by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and my family is excited about it. I did not want to lose all those birds that come and nest every spring and are part of the area."

Dr. Roland Maurice, NCC donor

Pugwash, Nova Scotia 72 acres (29 hectares) Pugwash Property

"We are not owners of the land, we are caretakers. I feel that if we can start conserving some of that land eventually it will come back to its natural self. It takes a long, long time but we have to start somewhere."

Emile Gautreau, Métis Elder and NCC donor

Prince County, Prince Edward Island 54 acres (22 hectares) Conway Sand Hills

"The iconic sand dunes that foster rich habitat for species at risk also are an important part of who we are as Islanders and the natural and cultural heritage of the province. The protection of this property is a major step forward for the protection of PEI's natural history."

Doug Deacon, Atlantic Regional board member and chair of NCC (PEI)

St. George's, Newfoundland and Labrador 14 acres (5.7 hectares) Sandy Point Island

"I joined the Nature Conservancy of Canada as a Conservation Volunteer to become part of a growing team dedicated to protecting special places in Newfoundland and Labrador such as Sandy Point.

Aiden Mahoney, Conservation Volunteer

To learn more about the properties and the gifts from Canadians, visit www.natureconservancy.ca/gifts2011.

Facts

  • Donations to the Nature Conservancy of Canada deliver results you can walk on - 85% of donations go directly to protecting fragile landscapes in Canada.
  • Almost 1,200 volunteers contributed approximately 7,300 hours of volunteer work through the Conservation Volunteers program last year.

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The Nature Conservancy of Canada 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 million acres (800,000 hectares), coast to coast. To learn more visit: www.natureconservancy.ca

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Nature Conservancy of Canada
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