Lake Superior islands in new PA

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has joined with its partners in celebrating the protection of the Wilson Island group near Rossport, Ontario. This $7.4-million binational initiative is the largest (based on dollar value) conservation project ever completed in Ontario. The landmark acquisition in Northwestern Ontario will preserve habitat and species at risk for the long term. It was made possible with significant funding support from the Government of Canada under the Natural Areas Conservation Program, the Province of Ontario and The Nature Conservancy (TNC, based in the United States).

Environment Minister Jim Prentice, Peter Kent, Member of Parliament for Thornhill and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs (Americas), have announced the Nature Conservancy of Canada's successful acquisition of 4,729 acres of land at Wilson Island. The land was secured in part with funding from Environment Canada's Natural Areas Conservation Program. The total project cost was $ 7,401,285. The purchase marks another achievement under the Government of Canada's $225-million Natural Areas Conservation Program.

"With our investment of $225 million in the Natural Areas Conservation Program, the Government of Canada is taking real action to protect and conserve our ecosystems and sensitive species for present and future generations," said Minister Kent. "Wilson Island is home to rare coastal wetlands and forests, bedrock shoreline, and globally rare sand beaches. We are committed to the long-term conservation of biological diversity and to working with partners such as the Nature Conservancy of Canada and others to protect Canada's natural treasures."

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