Environment Canada

Environment Canada

July 14, 2010 09:00 ET

Government of Canada and Nature Conservancy of Canada Conserve Valuable Habitat in Pugwash, Nova Scotia

PUGWASH, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - July 14, 2010) - Canada's Environment Minister, the Honourable Jim Prentice, today announced the Nature Conservancy of Canada's successful acquisition of Caraberis-Bond – 24 hectares (60 acres) of land near Pugwash, Nova Scotia, was secured in part with funding from Environment Canada's Natural Areas Conservation Program. The Government of Canada is a major contributor in this project, which has an overall budget of $108,595.

"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."

The Caraberis-Bond property provides undisturbed forested upland that buffers tidal creeks and coastal shoreline of Pugwash Basin, which is an important component of the Nova Scotia Northumberland Strait Natural Area. Pugwash Basin has a unique hydrologic feature in that it drains out completely at low tide, exposing the eel grass flats to foraging birds. This property attracts up to 3000 Canada Geese, American Black Ducks and other bird species to the area from late August until December each year. "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 Nature Conservancy of Canada. "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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