Environment Canada

Environment Canada

June 23, 2010 21:30 ET

The Government of Canada and the Nature Conservancy of Canada Conserve Valuable Habitat in Gaspe, Quebec

GASPE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 23, 2010) - Bernard Généreux, Member of Parliament for Montmagny—L'Islet—Kamouraska—Rivière-du-Loup, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister, today announced that the Nature Conservancy of Canada has acquired the Legros-Huddleson property—9.24 hectares (23 acres) of land—near Gaspé, Quebec. The project, with a total budget of $48,260, was secured in part with funding from Environment Canada's Natural Areas Conservation Program. 

"As part of the International Year of Biodiversity, the Government of Canada's support for a project like this clearly illustrates the importance we place on protecting our environment and safeguarding natural habitats," said Mr. Généreux.

The area is known as Pointe Sainte-Pierre, on the eastern boundary of the Gaspé Peninsula. The region covers approximately 1,300 hectares (3,212 acres) and is influenced by its proximity to the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Today, 9.24 hectares (23 acres) are protected. This coastal area provides habitat for many aquatic and river birds such as the Barrow's Goldeneye, the Harlequin Duck and the Long-tailed Duck. Predator species also inhabit this area (the Peregrin Falcon, Broad-winged Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk and Northern Harrier).

"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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