Environment Canada

Environment Canada

September 16, 2010 11:29 ET

Government of Canada and Nature Conservancy of Canada Conserve Many Valuable Habitats in the Brome-Missisquoi and Memphremagog Regions of Quebec

SHERBROOKE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 16, 2010) - Jacques Gourde, MP for Lotbinière—Chutes-de-la-Chaudière, on behalf of Canada's Environment Minister Jim Prentice, today announced the Nature Conservancy of Canada's successful acquisition of 15 properties that are part of the Green Mountains ecological corridor, including the Beloin and Allistone properties – a total of 1469 hectares (3631.54 acres) of land near Montreal, Quebec. This project was secured in part with funding from Environment Canada's Natural Areas Conservation Program and has an overall budget of $7,412,679.

"As part of the International Year of Biodiversity, funding from Environment Canada is helping to secure this important and ecologically sensitive area. Through conservation planning and habitat restoration, future generations of Canadians will be able to enjoy these close to 1500 hectares of land," said MP Jacques Gourde. "The diversity of the habitat in this area helps species at risk that call the Montagnes-Vertes Conservation Area home, such as the spring salamander."

The Beloin property is located on the southern face of Glen Mountain, one kilometre north of NCC protected lands, within the Northern Green Mountains Natural Area. Protecting this property would increase the conservation area of this Natural Area from 67 to 75 square kilometres, a 10 per cent increase.

The fact that the Allistone property is unfragmented, grants further value by preserving its ecological integrity and the quality of the habitats it provides for a wide variety of animals and plants. The purchase of this property will contribute to ensuring the presence of many species in the Sutton Mountain Range, as it contains many permanent and intermittent brooks. Furthermore, this section of the Appalachians harbours the largest and most diverse group of lung-less salamanders in the world.

"This acquisition marks another achievement under our government's 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."

"Having a good knowledge of natural environments, conducting inventories, identifying areas to be protected and targeting development are critical activities to protect the animal and plant species that are in a precarious situation in the Montagnes Vertes. These include the Purple Salamander, Peregrine Falcon and Wild Leek," said Nathalie Zinger, Quebec's Regional Vice-President of the Nature Conservancy of Canada. 

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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