Environment Canada

Environment Canada

June 22, 2010 09:00 ET

The Government of Canada and the Nature Conservancy of Canada Conserve Valuable Habitat in Baie-Verte, New Brunswick

MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - June 22, 2010) - Canada's Environment Minister, the Honourable Jim Prentice, today announced the Nature Conservancy of Canada's successful acquisition of 64 hectares (159 acres) of land at Baie-Verte, near Port Elgin, New Brunswick. This project was secured in part with funding from Environment Canada's Natural Areas Conservation Program and has an overall budget of $335,000.

"This acquisition marks another achievement under our government's $225-million 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 Prentice. "Your actions, large or small, will help to protect the abundance and variety of life that is part of our natural heritage."

The 64 hectare (159 acres) property consists of mature forest, freshwater wetlands, salt marshes, dunes, beaches and a wooded island. As one of the largest remaining undeveloped properties along the southern reaches of the Northumberland Strait in New Brunswick, the property also provides a vital link between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, along the Chignecto Isthmus. Given the location and habitat types present, the property and surrounding area could potentially produce sightings of nearly 200 bird species over the course of the four seasons.

"These Gifts to Canadians are tangible examples of what we are able to achieve by working together. By designing and managing networks of protected areas we fulfill our national and global responsibility to protect Canada's natural treasures for the future," said John Lounds President & CEO of Nature Conservancy of Canada. "What better way to celebrate our nation than by protecting the spectacular lands and wildlife that our country is known for around the world."

The Government of Canada'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. It is through the ongoing contribution from all donors that we can ensure the protection of natural areas in Canada. As of March 2010, under the Natural Areas Conservation Program over 138,600 hectares (342,500 acres) have been secured, protecting habitat for over 79 species at risk.

For more information and to view a backgrounder on this announcement, please visit the Web site of Environment Canada, at http://www.ec.gc.ca/.

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