Kawartha Lakes – Today, Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development, Minister for Women and Gender Equality, and Member of Parliament for Peterborough—Kawartha, announced on behalf of Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, that the Government of Canada invested $215,000 in support to the work of the Kawartha Land Trust for the protection of the Cation Wildlife Preserve.
“We are on track to meet our climate change targets because we have a 50-point plan and it’s working. It includes pollution pricing, phasing out coal and plastics, investing in clean technology and protecting our land and waters,” said Monsef. “The protection of the Cation Wildlife Preserve is part of our government’s plan to double the amount of nature protected in our lands and oceans.”
Kawartha Land Trust acquired land donated by David and Sharon Cation and conserved land, adding 270 hectares to Canada’s protected areas network. The Cation Wildlife Preserve is in a natural conservation corridor that sits right in the middle of several important protected areas including Balsam Lake, Indian Point, and Queen Elizabeth Wildlands Provincial Parks, the Altberg Wildlife Sanctuary Nature Reserve and the Carl Sedore Wildlife Management Area.
The 668.5-acre property includes marked trails for passive recreational use by the public, including hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.
“We are grateful for the federal government’s contribution to support the protection of the Cation Wildlife Preserve and also Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Ecological Gift program that provides tax incentives to land owners to protect private lands in perpetuity,” said Tara King, Kawartha Land Trust Development Manager. “This landscape is vibrant and so full of life. A trail system passes through the grasslands and meadows that are filled with different butterflies and moths. The air is filled with the songs of different grassland bird species including Eastern Towhees, American Goldfinches and Field Sparrows that are foraging through the shrubs and trees. Kawartha Land Trust is thrilled to announce the protection of this important property thanks to KLT’s community of donors of land, money and time (volunteers), including the contribution from the Minister of Environment and Climate Change through the Nature Fund.”
Monsef was in attendance for the celebratory grand opening of the Cation Wildlife Preserve today, which featured guided tours of the trails to the general public.
“Canadians like the leaders at Kawartha Land Trust asked our government to introduce a program to incentivize more conservation. We listened,” concluded Monsef. “Working together, we will ensure the wealth of our region is protected for our kids and grandkids.”
“Canada is home to some of the largest expanses of natural spaces in the world. We have to work together in nature conservation and in the fight against climate change. Building and supporting conservation partnerships with other levels of government and environmental organizations through the Canada Nature Fund we can make important progress that will help protect our environment and grow our economy. The Kawartha Land Trust is making a significant contribution to protecting land and biodiversity in Canada.”
– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
* Funding for this significant environmental initiative was provided through the Canada Nature Fund, a $500 million investment to support the efforts of partners whose commitment is critical to achieving success in nature conservation.
* Canada Nature Fund contributions are matched by philanthropic foundations, corporations, not-for-profits, provinces, territories and other partners, to raising a total of $1 billion for conservation action.
* The Canada Nature Fund supports protection of Canada’s ecosystems, landscapes, biodiversity, and species at risk.
* The Government of Canada is committed to doubling the amount of protected nature, in our lands and waters, across Canada.
* This project is part of a broad range of conservation work occurring across the country that will help Canada meet its 2020 conservation targets