Conserving valuable habitat along the Red Deer River

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:

About TransCanada

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 
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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 

Kara Tersen Director, Development & Communications - Alberta Region 403.613.0262

Jenel Bode Senior Communication Coordinator 

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