TORONTO, Feb. 11, 2014 /CNW/ - The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)
today applauds the federal government for its continued commitment to
Canada's natural heritage contained in today's budget.
The budget, tabled today by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, contains
measures that will protect ecologically sensitive land, conserve
recreational fisheries and support family-oriented conservation.
We look forward to the implementation of the new National Conservation
Plan, soon to be introduced, that will continue to connect Canadians to
nature. The Government of Canada has a strong track record of
preserving biodiversity in Canada and has allocated significant
resources, towards this goal. We believe this important framework will
support and enhance our work to conserve our nation's rich
NCC is also pleased to see changes to tax provisions for land
donations. The carry-forward period for donations of
ecologically-sensitive land will double from five to ten years. This
is a significant incentive to encourage private landowners to donate to
organizations such as the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
Additional funding for the Recreation Fisheries Conservation Partnership
Program will help anglers contribute to the improvement of fish habitat
in communities across the country.
Finally, we salute measures to provide $3 million to support our
partner, Earth Rangers Foundation and their family-oriented
conservation activities. Through its innovative programs, such as
Bring Back the Wild, Earth Rangers is encouraging a new generation of
Canadians to connect with nature by caring for our species at risk.
These measures complement the highly successful Natural Areas
Conservation Program (NACP), in which the government has already
invested $245 million to date. This is the largest contribution ever
by a Canadian government to the conservation of private land.
Led and managed by the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the NACP has
conserved more than 3,700 square kilometres since 2007, protecting
habitat for more than 160 species at risk. With contributions raised
from other sources this has resulted in more than $600 million of real
"The promise of a National Conservation Plan and the continued support
for nature contained in today's budget speak loudly to this
government's commitment to conservation," said John Lounds, President
& CEO of the Nature Conservancy of Canada. "The Nature Conservancy of
Canada believes we are setting a global example of conservation through
Established in 2007, with a $225 million investment by the Government of
Canada, the Natural Areas Conservation Program is a successful
public-private partnership. The program was extended with an additional
$20 million in federal funding in Budget 2013.
Funding provided under the Natural Areas Conservation Program has been
more than matched by the Nature Conservancy of Canada and its partners,
resulting in over $600 million in on-the-ground conservation from coast
The Nature Conservancy of Canada is delivering "results you can walk on"
—82 percent of Canadians live within 100 kilometres of lands conserved
under the Natural Areas Conservation Program.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) 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 2.6 million acres (more than
1 million hectares), coast to coast.
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SOURCE: Nature Conservancy of Canada
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