The Nature Conservancy of Canada applauds commitment to land conservation in today's Throne Speech

OTTAWA, June 3, 2011 /CNW/ - The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), Canada's leading non-profit land conservation organization, congratulated the Prime Minister of Canada and his Government for their ongoing commitment towards land conservation and protecting the nation's natural biodiversity.  In particular, NCC was pleased with the Government's Throne Speech commitment to "create new protected areas" and to reaffirm their platform commitment to create a new National Conservation Plan.

"The Government of Canada has shown real leadership in helping to preserve and protect some of the most beautiful and important lands in Canada," said John Lounds, President and CEO of NCC.  "We were heartened that the government reiterated this commitment in the Throne Speech today.  We look forward to working with the government in the days and months ahead to continue providing tangible, lasting achievements in the area of land conservation."

Since the creation of the Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP) partnership in 2007, NCC in partnership with the Government of Canada, has significantly expanded the amount of land under stewardship and helped protect a wide variety of species at risk.  Canada's investment of $225 million has been matched with private and other government donations.  The focus of this conservation has been on the 10% of Canadian land where more than 70% of Canada's terrestrial species at risk are found, and where 90% of Canadians live and work.  Protected areas under the NACP have exceeded initial targets set for the program.

"The results for NACP speak for themselves.  For every dollar contributed by the Government of Canada so far, more than $2 in cash and land donations have been raised from individuals, corporations, foundations and provincial governments.  The result has been at least $3 in land conservation for every $1 of federal government funding," said Lounds.  "We know we can still do more.  It is possible for Canada to lead the world in terms of land conservation.  We are pleased that it remains a priority for the Government of Canada as well."

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The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is the nation's leading not-for-profit, private 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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SOURCE Nature Conservancy of Canada

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Crystal Folkins
National Media Relations Manager
Nature Conservancy of Canada
Tel: (416) 932.3202 x 241
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Crystal.Folkins@natureconservancy.ca

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