Ottawa- Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris is pleased to announce that the Turtle Mountain Conservation District will receive $41,000 to create an inventory of drains, wetlands and water storage areas that are present within the Elgin Creek-Whitewater Lake sub-watershed.
Larry Maguire said, "I am pleased to announce this funding to further the good work of the Turtle Mountain Conservation District. I will continue to stand up for Southwestern Manitoba in Ottawa and ensure our voice is heard."
A series of workshops will be held to assist with information gathering and to promote the Ecological Goods and Services Program concept. The information gathered in will be analyzed to determine the feasibility of moving forward with the Ecological Goods and Services program.
This funding is part of the Government's overall National Conservation Plan which will provide a more coordinated approach to conservation efforts across the country with an emphasis on enabling Canadians to conserve and restore lands and waters in and around their communities, and making it easier for citizens living in cities to connect with nature.
The Plan will include significant additional investments over five years for securing ecologically sensitive lands, supporting voluntary conservation and restoration actions, and strengthening marine and coastal conservation. In addition, it will contain new initiatives designed to restore wetlands and to encourage Canadians to connect with nature close to home through protected areas and green spaces located in or near urban areas.
More specifically, the Plan will expand opportunities for partners, including municipalities, environmental interest groups, hunters and anglers, landowners and community groups, to take practical actions to safeguard the land and water around them in the three following priority areas:
- Conserving Canada's lands and waters: safeguarding and enhancing biodiversity and ecosystems through conservation and stewardship actions, including on working landscapes and seascapes.
- Restoring Canada's ecosystems: supporting the restoration of degraded ecosystems, which, once restored, will provide habitat for wildlife and clean water, and are essential for the protection and recovery of species at risk.
- Connecting Canadians to nature: leveraging existing successful initiatives to help foster an appreciation for nature and building a "community of stewards" among Canadians of all ages.
The Plan recognizes the efforts of countless Canadians who are working to conserve and protect our natural world. It will encourage on-the-ground action and partnerships leading to tangible conservation results.