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$30M to protect lands surrounding national parks

By Brad Perry Oct 25, 2023 | 9:51 AM

A combined $30 million has been announced to help improve land conservation around some of our national parks.

The federal government is chipping in $15 million, while the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) will match the contribution.

Officials said Tuesday that different land conservation tools will be used to help protect up to 30,000 hectares of land.

“Working together with communities and conservation partners is key to ensuring that the lands, waters and ice that play such important roles in the lives of Canadians are protected for current and future generations,” Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault said in a news release.

The two-year agreement will support conservation efforts near Parks Canada-administered places such as:

  • Kejimkujik National Park & National Historic Site (NS)
  • Kouchibouguac National Park (NB)
  • La Mauricie National Park (QC)
  • Bruce Peninsula National Park (ON)
  • Thousand Islands National Park (ON)
  • Point Pelee National Park (ON)
  • Grasslands National Park (SK)
  • Waterton Lakes National Park (AB)
  • Kootenay National Park (BC)
  • Gulf Islands National Park Reserve (BC)

“This important initiative builds on our longstanding relationship with Parks Canada to address the impacts of the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss in Canada,” Catherine Grenier, president of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, said in the release.

“NCC will rally its vast network of partners across the country around our evidence-based approach to deliver impactful conservation solutions around some of Canada’s most iconic natural places.”

The investment comes as the federal government works toward protecting 30 per cent of lands and waters by 2030.