Government protects Greenspace in southern Ontario

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Government protects Greenspace in southern Ontario

Agreement With Nature Conservancy Will Reduce Loss Of Natural Lands ALDERVILLE, ON, June 24 - The Ontario government is protecting important natural heritage lands in southern Ontario through an agreement with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay announced today. "Natural areas, and the biodiversity they protect, contribute to cleaner air, cleaner water and a cleaner environment," said 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 province is providing $4.36 million so that the Nature Conservancy of Canada can 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. "Through the Greenlands Program, we and our partners will have greater opportunities to protect important natural habitats and biodiversity hot spots in southern Ontario," said Michael Bradstreet, Nature Conservancy of Canada Ontario Regional Director. The Greenlands Program is part of the Ontario government's comprehensive approach to protecting greenspace and managing growth in southern Ontario, where 90 per cent 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," said Ramsay. "And it will conserve habitat for species at risk - a vital part of our commitment to protect biodiversity in Ontario." Disponible en fran├žais www.mnr.gov.on.caFor further information: Contacts: Anne-Marie Flanagan, Minister's Office, (416) 327-0654; Steve Payne; Ministry of Natural Resources, (416) 314-2103