Canadian Boreal Initiative applauds Environment Minister Baird for ensuring funding for the Canadian Wildlife Service

    OTTAWA, Sept. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Boreal Initiative (CBI)
congratulates the Government of Canada on today's announcement to maintain
funding support for priority programs, such as conservation work of the
Canadian Wildlife Service. This announcement, along with the latest budget
commitment of an additional $10M in new funds, will ensure the NWT Protected
Areas process continues with the needed funds.
    "This quick action is a positive move to keep the protected areas process
on track in the NWT," said Larry Innes, CBI's Executive Director. "We
appreciate the federal government's commitment to conservation as a top
priority, and we will work with the Minister to protect key sites, such as the
critically-important Ramparts wetlands put forward by the community of Fort
Good Hope."
    This announcement follows on other NWT conservation commitments such as
the federal 07/08 Budget commitment of $10M in new funds for the NWT Protected
Areas Strategy, the expansion of Nahanni National Park Reserve with Dehcho
First Nations, Sahoyzé/Ehdacho National Historic Site with the community of
Deline, and a Memorandum of Agreement to advance a national park in Great
Slave Lake with the community of Lutsel K'e.
    It also reinforces the priority that residents of the NWT place on
protecting wildlife and sensitive habitat before development proceeds, as
noted in the McAllister Opinion Research poll released yesterday. Please see for details.

    Based in Ottawa, the Canadian Boreal Initiative is a convener bringing
together partners including governments, industry, First Nations, conservation
groups, major retailers, financial institutions and scientists to create new
solutions for the conservation and sustainable development of the Boreal

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For further information: For interview requests, please contact: Larry
Innes, Executive Director, Canadian Boreal Initiative, Cell: (416) 575-6776;

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