Nature Conservancy of Canada celebrates acquisition of Fyten-Lea project on
Red Deer River with support from TransCanada Corporation and the Government of
Canada's Natural Area Conservation Program
RED DEER, AB, Nov. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC),
Alberta Region, celebrated the acquisition of the 131-acre (53-hectare)
Fyten-Lea project along the Red Deer River with Earl Dreeshen, Member of
Parliament (Red Deer) and Peter Kruselnicki, Vice-President of Stakeholder
Relations for TransCanada Corporation.
The stunning Fyten-Lea property is an iconic representation of the significant
landscapes that are conserved in the Red Deer River Natural Area. Fyten-Lea is
important to NCC for its river bank topography and diversity of flora and
fauna. The property is located along the banks of the Red Deer River and is
split between forested area and native grasslands. This property provides
important habitat for ungulates, songbirds, raptors, and mammals and is an
important riverbank wildlife corridor area.
The Red Deer River Natural Area is situated in the Parkland Natural Region of
south-central Alberta. The natural area contains Pine Lake, Buffalo Lake, and
Goosequill/Hummock Lakes which provide excellent staging areas for waterfowl
in the spring. The natural area is characterized by a mosaic of cultivated
land interspersed with remnant native parkland, grassland, and aspen
vegetation usually associated with hummocky till and is a key eco-district for
the conservation of aspen parkland diversity.
As the glaciers retreated after the ice age, what is often referred to as the
Prairie Pothole region resulted, with its characteristic hilly terrain and an
abundance of wetlands. In the heart of the region are many environmentally
significant and protected areas and for this reason NCC is working towards
conserving landscapes and create corridors between these protected areas. The
abundance of semi-permanent wetlands and lush vegetation makes this area of
critical importance to waterfowl and wildlife movement.
Along with the Fyten-Lea property, seven other significant properties have
been conserved by NCC in the Red Deer River Natural Area in the last year and
are celebrated today. Many Forces for Nature have come together to allow these
acquisitions to take place. These projects are valued at over $5.2 million and
were made possible thanks to funding from the Government of Canada under the
Natural Areas Conservation Program, and TransCanada Corporation. These
projects were also made possible with support from NCC's partners - Alberta
Conservation Association, Ducks Unlimited, and United States Fish & Wildlife
Department under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA).
"The Fyten-Lea project is a stunning example of places that Canadians treasure
and that are so important for the wildlife that exists here. The support of
the Government of Canada and TransCanada Corporation is critically important
in making this project and the numerous others we've conserved in the Red Deer
River Natural Area possible," said Bob Demulder, Vice-President, Alberta
Region, Nature Conservancy of Canada.
"This acquisition marks another achievement under our government's Natural
Areas Conservation Program," said Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament for Red
Deer, on behalf of the Honourable Peter Kent, Canada's Minister of the
Environment. "With this investment, we are taking real action to protect and
conserve our country's ecosystems and sensitive species for present and future
"TransCanada is proud to join the Nature Conservancy of Canada's work to
advance the long-term conservation and stewardship of healthy native parkland
in the Red Deer River Natural Area," said Peter Kruselnicki, Vice-President of
Stakeholder Relations at TransCanada. "Environmental stewardship is integral
to all aspects of our business and TransCanada believes we have a
responsibility to protect the environment for future generations."
-- The total combined acreage of the eight properties conserved in
2011 and 2012 is 2,033 acres (823 hectares). The total value of
these projects is over $5.2 million.
-- The properties are: Fyten-Lea, Pope, Troy, Lockerby, Rachel
Agnes Hays Conservation Lands, Hebert Lake Uplands, Haynes,
-- Properties are nearby and adjacent to existing conservation
projects. They are important additions to existing clusters of
conservation lands and are building vital blocks for the
movement of wildlife in this area.
-- Donations to the Nature Conservancy of Canada deliver results
you can walk on: 85 percent of donations go directly to
protecting natural landscapes in Canada.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada is the nation's leading land conservation
organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the
species they sustain. Since 1962 NCC and its partners have helped to protect
more than 2.6 million acres (1 million hectares), coast to coast, with over
185,000 acres (75,000 hectares) conserved in Alberta. To learn more visit:
With more than 60 years' experience, TransCanada is a leaderin the
responsible development and reliable operation of North American energy
infrastructure, including natural gas and oil pipelines, power generation and
gas storage facilities. TransCanada operates a network of natural gas
pipelines that extends more than 68,500 kilometres (42,500 miles), tapping
into virtually all major gas supply basins in North America. TransCanada is
one of the continent's largest providers of gas storage and related services
with approximately 380-billion cubic feet of storage capacity. A growing
independent power producer, TransCanada owns or has interests in more than
10,900 megawatts of power generation in Canada and the United States.
TransCanada is developing one of North America's largest oil delivery systems.
TransCanada's common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges
under the symbol TRP. For more information visit: www.transcanada.com or check
us out on Twitter @TransCanada.
The Government of Canada-Nature Conservancy of Canada Natural Areas
Conservation Program is a unique public-private partnership that helps
non-government organizations secure ecologically sensitive lands to ensure the
protection of our country's diverse ecosystems, wildlife and habitat. As of
June 30, 2012, the Natural Areas Conservation Program has protected 835,637
acres (338,170 hectares) of habitat, which includes habitat for 126 species at
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