Parks Canada

Parks Canada

July 16, 2009 17:18 ET

Federal Government Gets Top Marks in National Parks Conservation

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 16, 2009) - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, is welcoming the 2009 Parks Day Report produced by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), which will be released tomorrow.

"This report underscores the tremendous progress we have made in protecting Canada's incredible natural heritage, as well as habitat for species at risk," said Minister Prentice. "We are very happy that an organization with the credibility and stature of CPAWS has given the government of Canada top marks in National Parks conservation and recognized our achievements. At the same time, we realize this report is also a call to further action, in particular in the areas of national marine conservation areas."

The Government of Canada is continuing to work with its provincial and territorial partners and ocean users to ensure quick and significant progress as it relates to the national network of Marine Conservation Areas. The creation of Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area of Canada, the largest protected freshwater area in the world, is an outstanding example of this Government's commitment to protect Canada's vital water resources.

"This has been a terrific year for Canadians and their natural heritage," added Minister Prentice. "We have permanently protected through legislation a massive expansion of the Nahanni National Park Reserve of Canada. It is with tremendous pride that I took part in the greatest conservation achievement in a generation; this landmark conservation is truly a gift to the world. Secondly, we have permanently protected Saoyu and AEehdacho National Historic Site of Canada on the shores of Great Bear Lake, Northwest Territories. This 5,000 square kilometre Aboriginal cultural landscape is of great importance to the Sahtu First Nations and of national historic significance to all Canadians.

Furthermore, we have declared four new Canadian wilderness areas within national parks that will further protect outstanding examples of Canada's natural heritage while Canadians continue to experience and enjoy them."

Parks Canada aims to ensure Canadians have a strong sense of connection, through meaningful experiences, to their national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas, and that these special places are enjoyed in ways that leave them unimpaired for future generations. Through a network of 42 National Parks, 162 National Historic Sites, and 3 National Marine Conservation Areas, Parks Canada sets the stage and invites Canadians and people around the world to engage in personal moments of inspiring discovery of our treasured natural and historic places. For more information about Parks Canada and its national sites, please visit

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  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Bill Rodgers
    Director of communications
    Parks Canada
    National Corporate Communications Branch
    Media Relations