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October 09, 2014 11:55 ET

Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry Visits Oshawa Wetland with Ducks Unlimited Canada

BARRIE, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 9, 2014) -

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Natural Resources and Forestry Minister, Bill Mauro, visited the provincially significant wetland, Oshawa Second Marsh, with Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) yesterday, to learn more about value of these critical natural resources.

During his tour, Minister Mauro had the opportunity to walk the trails, see the results of decades of restoration efforts by DUC, Friends of Second Marsh and other partners, and gain a better understanding of the critical role wetlands play in cleaning our air and water, dealing with extreme weather events including flooding, and mitigating the effects of climate change.

"I would like to thank Ducks Unlimited for their continued effort to preserve Ontario's wetlands. We appreciate their efforts on wetland conservation on behalf of Ontarians and look forward to their continued work," said Bill Mauro, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry.

On September 25th, for the first time ever, the Ontario Government publicly released Premier Wynne's mandate letters to each Cabinet Minister, outlining the key priorities for their ministry. The letter to the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry explicitly identified wetland protection as a key Ministry priority. This is great news for wetlands and this commitment provides a significant opportunity for the Province of Ontario and DUC to make progress working together to reverse the loss of wetlands in Ontario.

"Ducks Unlimited Canada is very pleased to see the Ontario Government's commitment to protect wetlands and strengthen biodiversity defined in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry mandate letter, and the quick first steps by Minister Mauro to move the commitment forward," says Lynette Mader, DUC's manager of provincial operations, Ontario. "Reversing the trend of wetland loss in Ontario is critical to our economic, social and environmental well-being, and to building resilience in communities across the Province. DUC looks forward to working with Minister Mauro and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry team to find innovative solutions that will ensure these valuable resources are sustained for wildlife and people for generations to come."

Located along the north shore of Lake Ontario, just 50 kilometres from downtown Toronto, Oshawa Second Marsh is one of the most significant outdoor recreational opportunities in the Greater Toronto Area. Second Marsh is home to almost 400 species of plants and 305 bird species, as well as numerous species of reptiles, amphibians, mammals, invertebrates and fish. It is one of the last remaining Great Lakes coastal wetlands and is of continental significance for migratory waterfowl, other waterbirds and landbirds.

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is the leader in wetland conservation. A registered charity, DUC partners with government, industry, non-profit organizations and landowners to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl, wildlife and the environment. To learn more, please visit ducks.ca.

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Contact Information

  • Media contact:
    Ducks Unlimited Canada
    Joanne Barbazza
    Communications Specialist, Ontario
    705-721-4444 ext. 240
    j_barbazza@ducks.ca