SOURCE: Nature Conservancy of Canada

Nature Conservancy of Canada

September 23, 2013 12:55 ET

The Nature Conservancy of Canada Protects Important Forest Land Along North Saskatchewan River

SASKATOON, SK--(Marketwired - September 23, 2013) - In celebration of National Forest Week (Sept 22 - 28), the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) announces the protection of 136 acres (55 hectares) of forest habitat along the south bank of the North Saskatchewan River.

About 100 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon, the new acquisition features native grasslands, shrublands and hardwood forests. This important area straddles the transition between open grasslands to the south and closed boreal forests to the north.

The property is a strategic acquisition for NCC since it connects additional NCC-protected properties and provides an important habitat for a variety of mammals, waterfowl and grassland birds. At least 33 endangered species occur in the area.

Without the generous support of TD Bank Group through the TD Forest Program and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment's Fish and Wildlife Development Fund, this acquisition would have not been possible.

Quotes:

"We're pleased to announce this important property during National Forest Week," said Carmen Leibel, vice president, Saskatchewan for the Nature Conservancy of Canada. "The protection of this important habitat for generations to come would not be possible without the generous support of TD Bank Group and the Province of Saskatchewan."

"More than 90 percent of Canadians have said forests are important to them, and for good reason," says Karen Clarke-Whistler, TD's Chief Environment Officer. "Forests form the backdrop of our lives. They are where we live, work and play, and they perform an essential role in cleaning the air and moderating temperatures. As our world becomes more urbanized it is essential to protect forests and the valuable habitats they represent. That's why we made protecting critical forest habitat a key pillar of TD Forests."

"We are very proud of our long-standing partnership with the Nature Conservancy of Canada and all that we have accomplished together," said Saskatchewan Environment Minister Ken Cheveldayoff. "The ministry's Fish and Wildlife Development Fund, supported by hunters and anglers through a portion of their licence fees, will continue to help protect important conservation lands such as the Maymont area."

Facts:

  • The Nature Conservancy of Canada works in many forest ecosystems from coast to coast: from the Fog Forest of Newfoundland and Labrador, to the beautiful deciduous forest of the Carolinian Life Zone in southwestern Ontario; from aspen parkland in the Prairie provinces, to lush rainforests on the west coast.
  • Canada is home to 10 percent of the world's forests, covering one third of our country.
  • Forests represent so much more than just trees. Each forest type supports a rich diversity of plant and animal life that relies on a healthy ecosystem to thrive.

Learn More:

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is the nation's leading land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962 NCC and its partners have helped to protect more than 2.6 million acres (over 1 million ha), coast to coast. For more information visit: www.natureconservancy.ca.

Launched in 2012, TD Forests is a major conservation initiative built around two pillars -- reduce (paper use) and grow (forested areas). The Nature Conservancy of Canada has been engaged in the "grow" pillar to increase the amount of forested lands protected and cared for in Canada and through its conservation partners in the U.S. TD and NCC are also engaging more Canadians in the mission to conserve our forests, which will safeguard not just the trees, but all the living things that rely on forested habitats. For more information, visit TD Forests.

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