Environment Canada

Environment Canada

June 23, 2010 09:11 ET

The Government of Canada and the Nature Conservancy of Canada Conserve Valuable Habitat in Pleasant View, Prince Edward Island

CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - June 23, 2010) - Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Member of Parliament for Egmont, on behalf of Canada's Environment Minister Jim Prentice, today announced the Nature Conservancy of Canada's successful acquisition of Arsenault Cedars – 25 hectares (62 acres) of land near Tignish, Prince Edward Island. This project was secured in part with funding from Environment Canada's Natural Areas Conservation Program and has an overall budget of $167,000.

"Funding from Environment Canada is helping the Nature Conservancy of Canada secure this important and ecologically-sensitive area through conservation planning and habitat restoration for future generations of Canadians to enjoy," said Hon. Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. "Due to the diversity of the habitat conditions on the property, suitable habitat exists for many of the rare species calling the Arsenault Cedars property home, such as the Pileated Woodpecker."

The Arsenault Cedars property has a diversity of woodland, including old growth Northern White Cedar, which is increasingly scarce in the Maritime Provinces. Arsenault Cedars is one of only a few old growth cedar stands on Prince Edward Island. This property features a 5.5 hectare (13.5 acres) wooded swamp, which is home to a rich assortment of common and rare herbaceous plants and songbirds, and is potentially excellent habitat for both the spotted salamander and the red-backed salamander. Evidence of the Pileated Woodpecker, once absent from the Island, has been found at Arsenault Cedars, and the Canada Warbler, which is considered threatened, also makes this property home.

"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 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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