The Ontario Great Lakes Renewal Foundation and Ducks Unlimited Contribute $400,000 to Fund Landscape Conservation Projects in Niagara Region



    MOUNT HOPE, ON, June 6 /CNW/ - Don Robinson, QC, President & CEO of the
Ontario Great Lakes Renewal Foundation (OGLRF) today presented a cheque for
$200,000 to Brian Royal, Manager of Conservation Programs (Ontario) at Ducks
Unlimited Canada (DUC). Ducks Unlimited Canada added matching $200,000
bringing to $400,000 the support for Landscape Conservation Projects located
mainly in the Niagara Region.
    Robinson thanked landowner Jim Watson for his generous contribution to
Great Lakes restoration, by making his private land available for wetland
development. Robinson also noted that the cheque presentation was a highlight
of the Foundation's 6th Annual Due Diligence Tour by Board Members and Ducks
Unlimited representatives. Robinson said, "These annual tours provide a
first-hand opportunity to view the work that is underway at funded projects
and those that have reached completion, to ensure as part of the Foundation's
funding Guidelines that the funds are being spent wisely."
    Other wetland restoration projects being visited on the tour include: the
Schofield and Matuszewski Projects in Dunnville; and the Brown Project in St.
Ann's. Projects at Pelham Hills on Draper Creek, which are being managed by
the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, will also be assessed on the
tour. Wetlands help filter out contaminants that harm water quality and the
related ecosystems.
    Royal said that, "We're focusing our efforts on areas where we can have
the highest impact on habitat. DUC uses its expertise to assess habitat needs
within watersheds and then delivers practical and affordable on-the-ground
improvements." Royal added, "Partnerships with the OGLRF, private landowners
and the local conservation authority allow everyone to achieve common goals."
    Niagara Regional Chairman Peter Partington also attended the cheque
presentation. As a former President & CEO of the Ontario Great Lakes Renewal
Foundation, Partington reminded everyone that the Foundation is the only
non-profit, charitable Foundation directly involved with cleaning up the Great
Lakes.
    Robinson said that, "Through partnerships with organizations like Ducks
Unlimited, the Foundation has been able to leverage over $6 million to bring
about more than $29 million in rehabilitation and restoration work in
environmental hot spots around the Great Lakes, identified in the 1987
International Joint Commission Water Quality Agreement, which have been
designated as Areas of Concern.





For further information:

For further information: Dale McConaghy, Executive Director, Ontario
Great Lakes Renewal Foundation, (416) 494-7684, Website:
www.greatlakesrenewal.ca; Lynette Mader, Manager, Communications & Marketing,
Ducks Unlimited Canada, (705) 721-4444 ext. 235, www.ducks.ca

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