Environment Canada

Environment Canada

November 21, 2008 13:15 ET

Canada's Government Takes Further Action to Protect Important Ranch Lands in British Columbia

KAMLOOPS, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 21, 2008) - Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for Kamloops - Thompson - Cariboo, on behalf of the Minister of the Environment, the Honourable Jim Prentice, today joined representatives from the Nature Conservancy of Canada in announcing the successful conservation of 31 square kilometres of important land on the Frolek Ranch, in British Columbia's Thompson-Nicola valley.

"Today's announcement is a great example of what we can accomplish when we work together," said Minister Prentice. "We are proud to play a part in conserving these important grasslands, which can provide a home for species at risk such as the American Badger and the Burrowing Owl."

The Frolek Ranch landscape includes small lakes, ponds and wetlands, and an important range of grassland ecosystems that provide habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife. Many species are associated with these habitats, including the Western Meadowlark bird, the Great Basin Spadefoot toad and the Okanagan Fameflower.

"Today's announcement shows our Government's commitment to conserving and protecting our environment for the benefit of all Canadians," said Mrs. McLeod. "The lands of Frolek Ranch will continue to provide a healthy habitat where species can thrive and survive."

The Government's 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. As of September 2008, 84 properties had been acquired coast to coast, resulting in the protection of habitat for 80 species at risk.

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  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Frederic Baril
    Press Secretary
    Environment Canada
    Media Relations