The Nature Conservancy of Canada Celebrates Canada Day by Protecting
7,600 Acres of Land and the Gifts from Canadians that Made it Happen
TORONTO, July 1, 2011 /CNW/ - The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is
announcing the protection of nearly 7,600 acres (3,076 hectares) in
celebration of Canada Day and the significant contribution of the many
Canadians that made this happen.
Every day, Canadians are stepping forward and becoming a force for
nature while working towards the protection of our nation's natural
heritage. Significant gifts from Canadians coast to coast have ensured
that Canada's natural heritage which provides habitat for species at
risk, will be forever protected. These include land donations,
financial contributions and their precious time to help protect special
The announcement today adds to the over 2 million acres NCC has already
helped to protect. To learn more about the properties and the gifts
from Canadians, visit www.natureconservancy.ca/gifts2011.
The Gifts from Canadians:
Kamloops, British Columbia 640 acres (260 hectares) Warner Philip
"The ranch meant everything to Warner. The last thing he wanted to do
before going into the Kamloops Hospice was to be driven around the old
homestead and the rest of the ranch. I know that Warner would
appreciate the land staying as it is, rather than being settled, and
that is also the way I feel."
Connie Philip, landowner and NCC donor
Longview, Alberta 2,610 acres (1,056 hectares) Chinook Ranch
"Conserving this place is aligned with the special connection each of us
has to this land."
Stephen Hughes, landowner and NCC donor
Regina, Saskatchewan 1,342 acres (543 hectares) Fairy Hill Property
"The Nature Conservancy of Canada has conserved key parcels of land to
protect certain areas of our ecosystem for future generations.
Awestruck by this vista, I believe Fairy Hill is one of these parcels!"
Robert Eisner, member of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Saskatchewan
Brandon, Manitoba 160 acres (64 hectares) Habok Property
"Stan and I are very happy that the Nature Conservancy of Canada is
protecting this land because it is a unique piece of our environment.
With NCC's excellent record of conserving these special pieces of land,
we are more secure now knowing that we have done the right thing."
Sharran Habok, NCC donor
Norfolk County, Ontario 2,700 acres (1,092 hectares) Turkey Point Marsh
"The Turkey Point Company is very pleased to be able to partner with NCC
to ensure the long-term protection of the biodiversity in our
ever-evolving marsh ecosystem, while at the same time continuing our
125-year tradition of sustainable hunting, fishing and trapping."
Ron Christie, Turkey Point Company President
Grand Barachois, New Brunswick 1.8 acres (0.7 hectares) Maurice Property
"This is an important project by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)
and my family is excited about it. I did not want to lose all those
birds that come and nest every spring and are part of the area."
Dr. Roland Maurice, NCC donor
Pugwash, Nova Scotia 72 acres (29 hectares) Pugwash Property
"We are not owners of the land, we are caretakers. I feel that if we can
start conserving some of that land eventually it will come back to its
natural self. It takes a long, long time but we have to start
Emile Gautreau, Métis Elder and NCC donor
Prince County, Prince Edward Island 54 acres (22 hectares) Conway Sand
"The iconic sand dunes that foster rich habitat for species at risk also
are an important part of who we are as Islanders and the natural and
cultural heritage of the province. The protection of this property is a
major step forward for the protection of PEI's natural history."
Doug Deacon, Atlantic Regional board member and chair of NCC (PEI)
St. George's, Newfoundland and Labrador 14 acres (5.7 hectares) Sandy
"I joined the Nature Conservancy of Canada as a Conservation Volunteer
to become part of a growing team dedicated to protecting special places
in Newfoundland and Labrador such as Sandy Point.
Aiden Mahoney, Conservation Volunteer
To learn more about the properties and the gifts from Canadians, visit www.natureconservancy.ca/gifts2011.
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walk on - 85% of donations go directly to protecting fragile landscapes
Almost 1,200 volunteers contributed approximately 7,300 hours of
volunteer work through the Conservation Volunteers program last year.
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