Environment Canada

Environment Canada

August 13, 2008 12:37 ET

Feds Help Conserve Nova Scotia's South Shore

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 13, 2008) - Canada's Environment Minister, John Baird, today joined Gerald Keddy, Member of Parliament for South Shore - St. Margaret, representatives from the Nature Conservancy of Canada, and residents of Nova Scotia's South Shore in announcing the successful conservation of important lands in Deep Cove, Nova Scotia. This is an achievement under the federal Government's Natural Areas Conservation Program.

"Today's announcement demonstrates our Government's commitment and aggressive action in to protecting Canada's natural treasures," said Minister Baird. "Prime Minister Harper and our Government believe so strongly in protecting these precious lands that we have committed $225 million to support the work of the Nature Conservancy of Canada."

The lands, located near Chester, Nova Scotia, total more than 3.6 square kilometres, and encompass a wide range of habitat types, including mature coastal forest and wetlands. Wetlands help maintain water quality and provide habitat for amphibians and a variety of migratory birds such as the green-winged teal, black duck and common loon. It is also home to one of the largest stands of natural Jack Pine in Nova Scotia, as well as a number of plant species uncommon to the province, such as Mountain Sandwort.

"Through the Natural Areas Conservation Program, our Government is playing a lead role in conserving and protecting our environment for the benefit of Nova Scotians and all Canadians," said Mr. Keddy. "Areas like this land in Deep Cove provide irreplaceable habitat for important species such as Barred and Great Horned Owls."

The 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. As of July 2008, over 71 properties totaling more than 640 square kilometers had been acquired coast to coast, resulting in the protection of habitat for over 59 species at risk.

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