Environment Canada

Environment Canada

August 24, 2010 14:30 ET

Government of Canada and Nature Conservancy of Canada Conserve Valuable Habitat in Cap-Saint-Ignace, Quebec

CAP-SAINT-IGNACE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 24, 2010) - Bernard Généreux, MP for Montmagny—L'Islet—Kamouraska—Rivière-du-Loup, on behalf of Canada's Environmen, Minister, the Honourable Jim Prentice, today announced the Nature Conservancy of Canada's successful acquisition of L'Anse-à-Gilles – 2.1 hectares (5.19 acres) of land near Cap-Saint-Ignace, Quebec, secured in part with funding from Environment Canada's Natural Areas Conservation Program. The Government of Canada is a major contributor in this project, which has an overall budget of $175,042.

"As part of the International Year of Biodiversity, the Government of Canada's contribution to the acquisition of L'Anse-à-Gilles is another concrete example of the importance we place on protection of wildlife and plant habitats," said MP Bernard Généreux.

"This acquisition marks another achievement under our government's Natural Areas Conservation Program," said Minister Jim Prentice. "With this investment, we are taking real action to protect and conserve our ecosystems and sensitive species for present and future generations. Your actions, large or small, will help to protect the abundance and variety of life that is part of our natural heritage."

L'Anse-à-Gilles is located at the mouth of the Vincelotte river in the municipality of Cap-Saint-Ignace. The diversity of habitat on this property makes it a unique refuge. For migrating snow geese, shorebirds and dabbling ducks, the adjacent shoreline is a major loafing area.

"These Gifts to Canadians are tangible examples of what we are able to achieve by working together," said John Lounds President & CEO of Nature Conservancy of Canada. "By designing and managing networks of protected areas we fulfill our national and global responsibility to protect Canada's natural treasures for the future. 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 $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 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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