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DU Canada celebrates the Natural Areas Conservation Program

Killarney, Man., October 11, 2011 – Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is recognizing the Government of Canada and the Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP) today at a dedication ceremony at the Leafloor project near Killarney.

The NACP helps non-profit, non-government organizations secure ecological sensitive lands. The program invests in Canada’s precious environmental resources, ensuring the protection of diverse ecosystems and habitats, and the wildlife that depends on them. The partnership is delivered by Nature Conservancy of Canada and Ducks Unlimited Canada.

“We are proud to celebrate this important partnership,” says Bob Grant, Manager of Provincial Operations for DUC Manitoba. “The Leafloor project, and many others like it secured through NACP funding, will leave a lasting legacy of the Government of Canada’s commitment to conservation.”

In March 2007, the Government of Canada invested $225 million in the NACP. To date, NACP has protected over 160,000 hectares or 395,368 acres of land used by over 100 endangered species across the country.

“I believe the long-term goal of all landowners should be to improve the production of their land,” says Michael Leech, DUC Manitoba Board Member. “Securing natural areas, through partnerships like the one we celebrate today, are ways landowners can meet their long-term conservation goals.”

Partnerships with local municipalities and conservation districts cannot go unnoticed as they have been co-operating with DUC and our conservation programs for a long time. The rural municipality of Turtle Mountain and the Turtle Mountain Conservation District are perfect examples of beneficial relationships formed for the betterment of conservation in this important waterfowl area.

The Leafloor project is located in one of the highest waterfowl production areas in DUC’s target landscape known as the Prairie Pothole Region. It has over 100 breeding waterfowl pairs per square mile annually. Without protection, this critical piece of wildlife habitat was in danger of being lost.

Several other conservation projects are located around the Leafloor project, providing a mosaic of secure habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife.

“With the support of the Government of Canada through the NACP, this important habitat in the province is protected for future generations. We’re delighted that our partnership protects natural areas for the benefit of waterfowl, other wildlife and people and hope it continues into the future,” says Leech.

For more information, contact:

Karli Reimer, k_reimer@ducks.ca
National Communications Specialist – Conservation
Ducks Unlimited Canada
Phone: 204-467-3279