The Nature Conservancy of Canada announces the acquisition of the eastern portion of Prevost Cliffs



    MONTREAL, July 4 /CNW Telbec/ - The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is
proud to announce the acquisition of a private property of 30 acres (12.5 ha)
on the eastern portion of the Prevost Cliffs, in the Laurentians. This
acquisition was made possible thanks to the support of major partners : the
Canadian Government's Natural Areas Conservation Program, the City of Prevost
and the Fondation Hydro-Québec pour l'environnement.
    The property represents almost half of the eastern portion of Prevost
Cliffs. These cliffs are considered outstanding for the Lower Laurentians
region, partly because of their 1.5 km lenght, their 100 m height, and their
geographic location on the banks of the North River.
    On this land mainly covered with forests, escarpments and scree, some
rare plants species have been identified. An important density of birds,
including birds of prey such as the Peregrine Falcon, has also been
documented.
    "This land acquisition is important for NCC because it represents a major
step in the conservation of the exceptional natural area of Prevost Cliffs",
said Nathalie Zinger, Vice-President for NCC, Quebec region. "NCC intends to
establish a protected area, taking into account biodiversity protection and
outdoor activities. Access may be prohibited in some sectors to protect
endangered species. But otherwise, hiking and cross country skiing paths and
climbing routes will be managed with the help of the City of Prevost and the
Comité régional de protection des falaises (CRPF). Accordingly, visitors will
be able to fully appreciate the ecological and unique characteristics of this
remarkable area without threatening its integrity".
    Soon, information panels will be put up on the property to inform the
public about its new protection status and access and use rules.
    "Enabling the community to harmoniously live with its environment and
preserve its natural heritage for future generations is in line with the
mission of the Fondation Hydro-Québec pour l'environnement. The joint venture
between the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the City of Prevost and land users
to preserve this area motivated the Fondation to invest $105,500 in this
project", underlined Catherine Leconte, Executive Director for the Fondation
Hydro-Québec pour l'environnement.
    The Canadian Government is a major partner in this venture. Launched by
the Government in March 2007 with an investment of $225 million, the Natural
Areas Conservation Program aims to accelerate and enhance the efforts of the
Nature Conservancy of Canada and other groups to protect precious natural
areas for the benefit of current and future generations.
    "The Government of Canada is taking real actions to protect precious
habitat for a wide array of species", said Environment Minister John Baird.
"Today's announcement regarding the acquisition of 12.5 hectares of the
eastern portion of Prevost Cliffs, in the Laurentians, is a another example of
our government's commitment to enhance the efforts of the Nature Conservancy
of Canada and other groups to protect precious natural areas of our great
country."
    This land acquisition has also been made possible with the financial
contribution of Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC) and the support of the Comité
régional pour la protection des falaises (CRPF).

    The Nature Conservancy of Canada is a national, non-profit conservation
organization that works to protect Canada's natural habitats. Its plan of
action is to build partnerships and develop creative conservation solutions
with individuals, corporations, community groups, conservation groups and
government bodies. Since 1962, NCC and its supporters have helped to protect
close to two million acres (809,371 ha) of ecologically significant land
across Canada, including 18,000 acres in Quebec. For more information visit
(less than)http://www.natureconservancy.ca/(greater than)
www.natureconservancy.ca

    The Fondation Hydro-Québec pour l'environnement is a non-profit
organization whose mission is to help Quebec communities develop a sense of
ownership of their environment, enjoy its responsibly and pass on their
natural heritage to future generations. The Fondation funds concrete
initiatives that have positive environmental and social impacts and that serve
the interests of local communities throughout Quebec. It partners with local
organizations, on projects designed to protect, restore and enhance natural
habitats, and educate target publics about local environmental issues. From
2001 to 2007, the Fondation invested 6.5 million dollars to support nearly a
hundred projects throughout Quebec. The global value of those projects is
close to 23 million dollars. To learn more about the Fondation, its vision,
its mission and how it functions, visit
www.hydroquebec.com/fondation-environnement.




For further information:

For further information: Nature Conservancy of Canada, Quebec region:
Vincent Causse, Conservation and Program Coordinator, (514) 876-1606, ext 238,
Vincent.causse@conservationdelanature.ca; Anne Le Bel, Chef des
communications, (514) 876-1606, ext 233, Anne.lebel@conservationdelanature.ca,
www.conservationdelanature.ca; Fondation Hydro-Québec pour l'environnement:
Danielle Lavoie, Attachée de presse, (514) 289-2211, poste 4854,
lavoie.danielle.4@hydro.qc.ca; www.hydroquebec.com /fondation-environnement

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