Media Advisory - Nature Conservancy of Canada celebrates partnership efforts to protect globally rare habitat on Pelee Island

    ESSEX, ON, Nov. 23 /CNW/ -

    What: The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), in partnership with the
    Federal, Provincial governments and local community, is announcing an
    ambitious project to create the largest protected natural area on
    Ontario's globally significant Pelee Island. The Island, which is part of
    the Western Lake Erie Islands archipelago, is a biodiversity hotspot for
    a myriad of bird, plant, and reptile species.

        -  Opening remarks from NCC Ontario Board Member, Judith Rodger;
        -  Remarks by federal Minister of the Environment, John Baird;
        -  Remarks by Rick Masse, Mayor of Pelee Island;
        -  NCC President, John Lounds.

    When: Sunday, 25 November 2007 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    Why: This is the first announcement by NCC since the $225 million Natural
    Areas Conservation Program was announced by the Prime Minister in
    March 2007. NCC would also like to acknowledge the power and value of
    partnerships in meeting conservation goals. Both the Federal and
    Provincial governments have made strong commitments to conservation
    through significant funding programs.

    Where: Essex County Building, 2nd floor foyer, 360 Fairview Ave West,
    Essex, Ontario

    Photographs of Pelee Island and interviews with NCC spokespeople are

    The Nature Conservancy of Canada is a national non-profit conservation
organization that works with landowners to protect Canada's natural habitats.
Its plan of action is to build partnerships and develop creative conservation
solutions with individuals, corporations, community groups, conservation
groups and government bodies. Since 1962, NCC and its supporters have helped
to protect close to 2 million acres (765,000 hectares) of ecologically
significant land across Canada.
    For more information on NCC and the Western Lake Erie Islands Natural
Area, please visit

For further information:

For further information: Laura Mousseau, Public Affairs Coordinator,
Ontario Region, Nature Conservancy of Canada, Office: 1-877-343-3532 (Toll
Free), ext. 235, Mobile: (519) 830-7770,;
James Duncan, Associate Regional Vice President, Ontario, Nature Conservancy
of Canada, Office: (519) 640-6816, Mobile: (519) 200-8835,

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