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News Release

Government of Canada and Nature Conservancy of Canada conserve valuable habitat in Leeds & the Thousand Islands, Ontario 

LANSDOWNE, Ont. -- July 18, 2011 -- Hugh Segal, Senator for Kingston—Frontenac—Leeds, on behalf of Canada’s Minister of the Environment, the Honourable Peter Kent, today announced the Nature Conservancy of Canada's successful conservation of the Sheffield Property—245 hectares of land within the Frontenac Arch Natural Area, Ontario. 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 Senator Segal. “The Arch is an area of significant ecological overlap between southern Carolinian elements and northern boreal and mixed forest systems. As a result, this is one of the most biologically diverse areas in Ontario, particularly rich in plant and bird species.”

The acquisition is for inclusion in Charleston Lake Provincial Park. The Sheffield property represents an ecologically significant area that is home to important plant and animal species including the endangered Butternut and threatened Gray Ratsnake, Great Lakes / St. Lawrence Population (also known as Eastern Ratsnake).

“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.”

“The Charleston Lake Provincial Park expansion project is an excellent example of multiple partners coming together for a united cause, in this case, one that conserves Ontario’s beautiful, natural legacy,” remarked Chris Maher, Ontario Regional Vice President for the Nature Conservancy of Canada. “Achievements like this demonstrate the amazing accomplishments that can be realised when partners work together.”

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. It is through the ongoing contribution from all donors that we can ensure the protection of natural areas in Canada. As of December 2010, the Natural Areas Conservation Program has protected 151,278 hectares of habitat, which includes habitat for 101 species at risk.

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Natural Areas Conservation Program [Backgrounder 2011-07-18]

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