WINNIPEG, May 12 /CNW/ - The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is
pleased to announce that an additional 277 acres (112 ha) of land near
Riding Mountain National Park have been protected through the signing
of a conservation easement.
The lands are located eight kilometres northwest of the national park
and contain important habitat for moose, bear, fox, wolf, elk and many
species of waterfowl. The species and habitats of northern, western
and eastern Canada meet in the Riding Mountain Aspen Parkland. The
area contains habitat that is vital to the survival of a long list of
wildlife including several at risk species such as the Golden-winged
Warbler and the Red-headed Woodpecker.
A number of partners have made the conservation and long-term care of
this property possible. Funding for the project was provided by the
Government of Canada under the Natural Areas Conservation Program, by
the Government of Manitoba through its Manitoba Region Conservation
Program Grant, and by the Lake of the Prairies Conservation District.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada worked with landowner Mr. Bill
Nevistiuk to place a conservation agreement on his property to
permanently protect the natural features of his land. Under
conservation easements, landowners continue to hold title to their
lands but voluntarily agree to limit the amount and type of development
that can take place upon them. Conservation easements are filed on
the title to the land, and apply to all future owners. They are a tool
for landowners to ensure that the lands they love will always remain in
a natural state.
"In Manitoba, NCC is working hard to protect some of the last natural
cover in the area around Riding Mountain National Park," said the
Nature Conservancy of Canada's Manitoba Regional Vice President Ursula
Goeres. "By protecting irreplaceable habitat and the plants and animals
that it supports, we can ensure that future generations will be able to
enjoy its natural beauty."
"Today's announcement is another example of how we can, through
partnership, achieve a shared goal, to conserve and protect our natural
spaces and wildlife and leave a lasting legacy to future generations,"
said Canada's Environment Minister Peter Kent.
"The Lake of the Prairies Conservation District would like to thank NCC
for their hard work on the Nevistiuk project and the District looks
forward to working with NCC in the future," said Wayne Buick, Chairman
of the Lake of the Prairies Conservation District.
Large mammals such as Elk, Wolves and Moose regularly move through lands
surrounding Riding Mountain National Park. These protected lands will
give them more room to survive and thrive.
The Riding Mountain Biosphere Reserve is one of only 15 United Nations
Biosphere Reserves in Canada.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada has now conserved more than 40,000
acres (16,000 hectares) in Manitoba for future generations.
The Government of Canada's Natural Areas Conservation Program is a $225
million investment to assist non-profit, non-government organizations
to secure ecologically sensitive lands to ensure the conservation of
our diverse ecosystems, wildlife, and habitat. The Nature Conservancy
of Canada has been entrusted to lead the program and has committed to
raising matching funds for each federal dollar received.
The Government of Manitoba provided funding as part of its $7 million
Conservation Program Grant that provides NCC's Manitoba Region with
support for the protection of ecologically significant areas in the
Lake of the Prairies Conservation District which provided a contribution
of $2,500 towards the project will advance its work to promote
responsible surface water management and to reduce soil erosion and
flooding by protecting wetland habitat.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is the nation's leading land
conservation organization, working to protect our valuable natural
areas and the plants and animals they sustain.
Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped to protect more than 2
million acres (800,000 hectares) coast to coast. By investing in
conservation we are ensuring that our natural world remains a home for
wildlife, a haven for recreation and a vital resource that cleans the
air we breathe and the water we drink. Through strong partnerships NCC
works to safeguard our natural areas so that our children and
grandchildren will have the chance to enjoy them. To join NCC's force
for nature visit: www.natureconservancy.ca.
SOURCE Nature Conservancy of Canada
For further information:
Regional Vice President, Manitoba Region, Nature Conservancy of Canada