The Nature Conservancy of Canada protects home for species at risk
WINNIPEG, Jan. 26 /CNW/ - Important habitat for Black Bear, Elk and
Cougar has been protected through new conservation agreements signed by
the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). The agreements, also known as
easements, will protect four more properties in the Riding Mountain
Aspen Parkland area. They total more than 800 acres (about 330
hectares), or the equivalent of five quarter sections of land.
The Riding Mountain Aspen Parkland represents one of the last remaining
ecologically functional landscapes in prairie Canada. The species and
habitats of northern, western and eastern Canada meet here. It is a
transitional zone where prairie wildflowers give way to aspen parkland,
which yields to highland evergreens and then to eastern hardwood
forest. The four new protected properties contain rolling forested
hills, meadows, valleys, streams and wetlands. This is vital to the
survival of a long list of wildlife, including several at risk species
such as Loggerhead Shrike, Golden-winged Warbler and Red-headed
A number of partners have made possible the conservation and long-term
care of these properties. The Government of Canada is providing support
under the Natural Areas Conservation Program. The Government of
Manitoba has also provided funding as part of a $7-million Conservation
Program Grant that provides NCC's Manitoba Region with support for the
protection of ecologically significant areas in the province.
Quotes "In the Manitoba Region, NCC is working hard to protect some of the
last natural cover in the area around Riding Mountain National Park. 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." Ursula Goeres, Manitoba Regional Vice President.
"This acquisition marks another achievement under our government's
$225-million Natural Areas Conservation Program. With this investment,
we are taking real action to protect and conserve our ecosystems and
sensitive species for present and future generations," said Canada's
Environment Minister Peter Kent. "Your actions today will help to
protect the abundance and variety of life that will constitute an
integral part of our natural heritage tomorrow."
"We are pleased to partner with the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the
Government of Canada in preserving this unique environment," said
Manitoba Minister of Conservation Bill Blaikie. "Future generations
will be able to appreciate the beautiful landscape and varied wildlife
in this region, thanks to the good work that is being done today."
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 Manitoba Region has now conserved more than 40,000 acres (16,000
hectares) of our natural heritage for future generations.
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
The Natural Areas Conservation Program is a $225-million investment by
the Government of Canada to assist non-profit, non-government
organizations such as NCC secure ecologically sensitive lands. This
ensures the conservation of our diverse ecosystems, wildlife and
habitat. The Nature Conservancy of Canada has committed to matching
each federal dollar at least one for one with private donations. This
long-term on-the-ground initiative will result in the conservation of
more than 2,000 square kilometres across Canada.
For more information (including map and photos) visit: http://tinyurl.com/6yhn29m
SOURCE Nature Conservancy of Canada
For further information:
Manitoba Regional Vice President
Nature Conservancy of Canada