SOURCE: Nature Conservancy of Canada

Nature Conservancy of Canada

September 23, 2013 11:05 ET

The Nature Conservancy of Canada Announces Protected Forests Across Canada

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - September 23, 2013) - In celebration of National Forest Week (Sept 22 - 28), the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and TD Bank Group (TD) announce the protection of 530 acres (215 hectares) of forest across Canada.

The three properties -- located in Quebec, Manitoba and Saskatchewan -- were protected in part thanks to the TD Forests program and provide habitat for some of Canada's most threatened species. Conservation work will continue this fall with additional properties to be protected.

Since the program launch in 2012, NCC has protected over 1,600 acres (650 hectares) in six different forest habitat types. TD's five-year contribution is the largest corporate commitment in NCC's history.

Quotes:

"Forests represent so much more than just trees," said John Lounds, President and CEO of the Nature Conservancy of Canada. "Today's announcement is a great way to celebrate Canada's forests and a reminder to all how forests impact our daily lives."

"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."

Newly Protected Properties:

  • Point Verte in Quebec is a 74-acre (30 hectare) densely forested point on the Gaspé Peninsula which provides habitat for many woodland birds, as well as moose, red fox and white-tailed deer and includes white spruce, balsam fir and paper birch. Known as 'Paradise Point' by locals, this site offers an unrivalled view of the coastal landscape and is one of the few remaining intact riparian forests in Atlantic Quebec.
  • The 320-acre (130 hectare) property located in southeastern Manitoba is an important spot where the boreal coniferous forest meets the eastern superior mixed forest and the western prairie. Species of trees found here include black spruce, aspen, spruce, larch and pine. The trees in the black spruce bog forest on the property are estimated to be almost 100 years old.
  • The Saskatchewan property is 136 acres (55 hectares) of Aspen Parkland situated on the south bank of the North Saskatchewan River. The property, containing oak groves and trembling aspen, straddles the transition between open grasslands to the south and closed forests to the north. At least 33 endangered species occur in the area.

Forests 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 hectares), 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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Photos:
Pointe Verte, Quebec: http://www.zenfolio.com/nccdigitalarchive/p539207094 (password: media)
Whitemouth River Watershed, Manitoba: http://www.zenfolio.com/nccdigitalarchive/p842447744 (password: media)
Maymont, Saskatchewan: http://www.zenfolio.com/nccdigitalarchive/p887606540 (password: media)
Video:
Quebec: https://vimeo.com/75200593 (password: media)
Saskatchewan: https://vimeo.com/75201875 (password: media)
Manitoba: https://vimeo.com/75201539 (password: media)

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