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Prairie Paradise Conserved: Government of Canada and Ducks Unlimited Canada conserve priceless habitat for Canadians
CALGARY, Alta. -- May 18, 2011 -- On behalf of the Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Rob Anders, Member of Parliament for Calgary-West, today announced the acquisition of a 906 hectare ranch located near Medicine Hat, Alberta, through a funding agreement with Ducks Unlimited Canada under the auspices of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan.
“I’m pleased to be here today to announce the acquisition of the Bullshead Conservation Area in the province’s Cypress Uplands,” said MP Anders. “It is one of the many special places in Alberta we are working to protect with our partners.”
“This investment will contribute to the recovery and protection of species at risk. By working together, we will protect land valued at more than twice our investment,” said Minister Kent. “This is another positive outcome of strong relationships built during our 25-year partnerships under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan.”
Medicine Hat MP LaVar Payne noted that “My home in southern Alberta has some of the best habitat for Northern Pintails in North America. The native prairie is a haven for species at risk including Sprague’s Pipit, the Long-Billed Curlew, and McCown’s Longspur.”
“The Bullshead Conservation Area is now protected for generations to come,” said DUC President, Jack Hole. “It will be a destination for Albertans and all Canadians who want to experience a place with healthy wetlands and wide open grasslands where ducks and other wildlife are a natural part of the landscape.”
The Government of Canada contributed $1 million to Ducks Unlimited Canada which in turn leveraged a larger investment from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act.
The property is of interest to Environment Canada, Ducks Unlimited Canada and other North American Waterfowl Management Plan partners because it is a priority area for the Northern Pintail, which is a target species for North American Waterfowl Management Plan activities in Canada. This native prairie property may also be home to numerous bird species at risk listed under Canada’s Species at Risk Act such as Sprague’s Pipit, Long-Billed Curlew, and McCown’s Longspur.
Habitat conservation is the key to the maintenance and recovery of species. The Government of Canada is committed to the long-term conservation of biological diversity and to working with partners to protect Canada’s natural treasures.
Prairie Paradise Conserved [Backgrounder 2011-05-18]
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