PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, MN, June 8, 2013 /CNW/ - Candice Bergen, Member of
Parliament for Portage-Lisgar, on behalf of Canada's Environment
Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent, today celebrated Canada's 1000th Ecogift south of Austin, Manitoba. This Ecogift consists of 59 hectares
of prairie grassland and aspen parkland that is ideal habitat for a
large variety of birds. The land is also in the core range of the
endangered northern prairie skink, Manitoba's only lizard.
"It is a great honour to recognize Canada's 1000th Ecogift in southern Manitoba and mark the success of the Ecological
Gifts Program since its creation in 1995," said MP Bergen. "Over the
past 18 years, Canadians have donated over 150,000 hectares of private
land valued at approximately $630 million. With this program, Canadians
can take real action to protect and conserve our country's ecosystems
for present and future generations. I encourage other land owners to
consider the Ecogift Program as it would be wonderful to protect more
land, especially native prairie lands."
Since 1995, Canada's Ecological Gifts Program has encouraged private
landowners to conserve ecologically sensitive land by donating it to a
qualified recipient. Donors not only have the comfort of knowing that
their cherished piece of nature will be cared for in the future, but
they also receive significant income tax benefits.
"The Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation is a proud partner in the
Ecological Gifts Program and we will be responsible for conserving this
prairie Ecogift in perpetuity," said John Whitaker, Chairperson of the
Manitoba Heritage Habitat Corporation. "Working to conserve Canada's
natural legacy through partnerships is what we do."
"Donating a perpetual conservation easement on this land has been a very
rewarding experience," said Karl Gerrand, one of the private property
donors of Canada's 1000th Ecogift. "It feels good to know that this land will remain undeveloped
forever, and that future generations will be able to enjoy a natural
untouched wilderness that past generations have taken for granted."
"One of the reasons I have valued having the land and want to protect it
for the future is because of the opportunity it has provided for my
children to be exposed to the natural environment and the educational
opportunities it has provided me as a parent," said Trevor Pizzey, the
other private property donor of Canada's 1000th Ecogift. "Regardless of the season, observation of the natural
environment is a great way for any of us to learn something new."
For more information on the Ecological Gifts Program please visit
Environment Canada's website at www.ec.gc.ca/pde-egp/.
For more information and to view a backgrounder on this announcement,
please visit the Web site of Environment Canada at http://www.ec.gc.ca/.
SOURCE: Environment Canada
For further information:
Mary Ann Dewey-Plante
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of the Environment
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