Valuable habitat in Newfoundland and Labrador conserved by Canada and the Nature Conservancy of Canada

Today the Government of Canada announced the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s successful acquisition of the Grassy Place – 1,570 hectares of land in southwest Newfoundland in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Honourable Peter Penashue, Member of Parliament for Labrador, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada, made the announcement on behalf of Canada’s Environment Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent.This project was secured in part with funding from Environment Canada’s Natural Areas Conservation Program.

“Our government is pleased to be working with dedicated partners, such as the Nature Conservancy of Canada, for the long-term conservation of the biological diversity of Canada’s natural treasures, such as the Grassy Place,” said Minister Penashue.

“The forest on this property provides habitat for the threatened Newfoundland Marten. It is also an important refuge for the La Poile Woodland Caribou herd which feeds here in early summer and fall.”

Source: Environment Canada Natural Areas Conservation Program [Backgrounder 2011-09-26]

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