July 5-12, 2004

Ontario provides $4.4M to help Nature Conservancy acquire private lands

ALDERVILLE, ONT-Under an agreement with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), the Ontario government is providing $4.36 million to enable the NCC to acquire privately owned, environmentally significant lands in areas such as the Oak Ridges Moraine, the Niagara Escarpment and the Alfred Bog. This includes $1.86 million for partnership-based land protection. "Natural areas, and the biodiversity they protect, contribute to cleaner air, cleaner water and a cleaner environment," said Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay. "Through the NCC Greenlands Program, we will conserve more of the greenspace that is vital to providing Ontarians with the highest quality of life." The Greenlands Program is part of the province's comprehensive approach to protecting greenspace and managing growth in southern Ontario, where 90% of the land is privately owned. "As well as protecting important lands in the proposed greenbelt planning area of southern Ontario, this will help ensure there is safe drinking water by protecting water at its source," Ramsay noted.
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