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News Release

Government of Canada and Nature Conservancy of Canada conserve valuable habitat in Prince County, Prince Edward Island

ALBERTON, PEI -- September 6, 2011 -- The Honourable Gail Shea, Member of Parliament for Egmont, on behalf of Peter Kent, Canada’s Minister of the Environment, today announced the Nature Conservancy of Canada's successful acquisition of 74 hectares (183 acres) of land near the Town of Alberton, Prince Edward Island. This project was secured in part with funding from Environment Canada's Natural Areas Conservation Program.

“The Government of Canada is very pleased to be working with dedicated partners, such as the Nature Conservancy of Canada, for the long-term conservation of the biological diversity of Canada's natural treasures,” said Minister Shea. “The Conway Sandhills property, part of the PEI Coast and Forest Natural Area, represents ecologically significant areas that are home to animal species at risk, such as the endangered Piping Plover.”

The property is located on the Conway Sandhills and is part of a 50 kilometre sand dune and wetland area on the north shore of western Prince Edward Island.

“This acquisition marks another achievement under our government's Natural Areas Conservation Program. With this investment, we are taking real action to protect and conserve our ecosystems and sensitive species for present and future generations,” said Minister Kent. “Your actions today will help to protect the abundance and variety of life that will constitute an integral part of our natural heritage tomorrow.”

“I wish to recognize Environment Canada and all donors who have contributed to preserving this important Natural Area.” said Linda Stephenson, Regional Vice-President with the Nature Conservancy of Canada. “The Conway Sandhills will continue to be a focal area as NCC wishes to ensure the natural features such as the sand dunes, salt marsh, Piping Plover, and waterfowl are maintained in a healthy state.”

The Government of Canada's $225-million Natural Areas Conservation Program is an important on-the-ground initiative that takes real action to preserve Canada’s environment and conserve its precious natural heritage for present and future generations. The ensured protection of Canada’s natural areas comes as a result of the ongoing contribution from all donors.  As of March 2011, the Natural Areas Conservation Program has protected 160,796 hectares, almost three times the size of Quebec City, which includes habitats for 101 species at risk.

Related document:

Natural Areas Conservation Program [Backgrounder 2011-06-20]

For more information, please see the attached backgrounder or contact:

Melissa Lantsman
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of the Environment
819-997-1441

Media Relations
Environment Canada
819-934-8008

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