Environment Canada

Environment Canada

March 19, 2010 14:22 ET

Government of Canada and Ducks Unlimited Canada Join Forces to Conserve Wetlands in the Estrie Region

LAC-MEGANTIC, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - March 19, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment, Christian Paradis, Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for Mégantic-L'Érable, today joined with Ducks Unlimited Canada and the Nature Conservancy of Canada to announce a major ecological gift donated by Domtar to conserve our natural spaces. 

"This ecological gift, valued at $400,000, is significant in that it will allow Ducks Unlimited Canada to protect three properties covering more than 800 hectares in the Estrie region," said Minister Paradis.

"Over the last 14 years, Canadians across the country have donated more than 783 ecological gifts, resulting in the conservation of more than 132,000 hectares of ecologically sensitive land valued at more than $519 million. In Quebec, 85 ecological gifts valued at more than $46 million and conserving more than 7,000 hectares were donated between 1995 and 2009," said Minister Prentice.

The 750-hectare property at the southern tip of Lac-Mégantic in the Estrie contains a vast complex of marshes, swamps and bogs unique in this region of Quebec. The area has also been recognized as an aquatic bird concentration area by the Quebec government. The conservation of the surrounding forests will also create a buffer zone that is essential for maintaining the ecological integrity of the wetlands.

It is only fitting that this announcement be made during the International Year of Biodiversity, as it illustrates the Government of Canada's commitment to our natural resources, which are a source of pride, prosperity and security for all Canadians. The Government of Canada is committed to the long-term conservation of biological biodiversity and to working with partners such as Ducks Unlimited to protect our natural heritage.

This conservation action comes under a financial partnership agreement between Ducks Unlimited Canada and Quebec's Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune for the protection of important wetlands, and under an agreement between the Government of Canada and the Nature Conservancy of Canada for the conservation of natural spaces across the country.

The Ecological Gifts Program provides tax incentives for landowners who donate ecologically sensitive land or partial interests in land to eligible charitable organizations or government bodies that will, in return, protect the land in perpetuity. According to the terms of the 2006 budget, ecological gifts are no longer subject to the capital gains tax.

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