Environment Canada

Environment Canada

June 24, 2010 12:27 ET

Government of Canada and Nature Conservancy of Canada Conserve Valuable Habitat in Southeast Manitoba

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - June 24, 2010) - The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety and Member of Parliament for Provencher, on behalf of Canada's Environment Minister Jim Prentice, today announced the Nature Conservancy of Canada's (NCC) successful acquisition of two properties in the Whitemouth River Watershed Natural Area – 547 hectares (1352 acres) of land in southeast Manitoba. This project was secured in part with funding from Environment Canada's Natural Areas Conservation Program and has an overall budget of $604,919.

The two parcels acquired, in the Whitemouth River Watershed Natural Area, Hawranik and Zarecki properties are characteristic of this region of Manitoba. The various types of habitat, including forests, peat bogs and clear cool rivers will help conserve important habitat for the threatened carmine shiner. The Whitemouth and Birch rivers are the only two places the carmine shiner can be found in Canada.

"This acquisition marks another achievement under our Government's Natural Areas Conservation Program. We are proud of the work we are doing 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."

"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 NCC. "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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