SOURCE: Nature Conservancy of Canada

Nature Conservancy of Canada

September 23, 2013 12:55 ET

The Nature Conservancy of Canada Protects Important Habitat in Manitoba During National Forest Week

WINNIPEG, MB--(Marketwired - September 23, 2013) - In celebration of National Forest Week (Sept 22 - 28), the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) announces the protection of 320 acres (130 hectares) near Seven Sisters Falls, just 80 km east of Winnipeg.

The Kurian property is where the boreal coniferous forest meets the eastern superior mixed forest and the western prairie. A diverse mix of boreal upland and wetland habitats dominate this beautiful property. The trees in the black spruce bog forest on the property are estimated to be approximately 100 years old.

Without the generous support of TD Bank Group through the TD Forest Program and the Province of Manitoba, this acquisition would have not been possible.


"We're pleased to announce the protection of this property during National Forest Week," said Jeff Polakoff, Vice President, Manitoba for the Nature Conservancy of Canada. "With the generous support of our partners -- TD Bank Group and the Province of Manitoba -- we can ensure this important habitat is protected for generations to come."

"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."


  • 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.

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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 hectares), coast to coast. For more information visit:

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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