New Quebec Park One of North America's Largest

Pew applauds protection of area three times the size of Yellowstone 
QUEBEC CITY, Dec. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - Mathew Jacobson of the Pew Environment 
Group's boreal campaign issued the following statement in response to the 
Province of Quebec's announcement today that it has created a 6.5-million-acre 
park. The new Tursujuq National Park spans Quebec's boreal and arctic 
"We commend the government of Quebec for the creation of the Tursujuq National 
Park, which ranks among North America's largest. The result of years of 
aboriginal and Quebec government collaboration with the support of 
conservation groups, the park will safeguard globally significant wildlife 
habitat and precious watersheds while protecting cultural values. 
"The creation of this park was based on a partnership with aboriginal 
communities. We hope to see a similar process as the province carries out its 
commitment to protect at least half of the northern boreal region and to 
balance conservation with the sustainable development of its resources. In 
fact, it is a model we hope takes hold in other parts of the world." 
Located on the eastern shore of Hudson Bay, Tursujuq National Park straddles 
an ecological transition zone that includes boreal and arctic elements, an 
area about three times the size of Yellowstone National Park. It includes 
Clearwater Lake, Quebec's second-largest natural lake; the Nastapoka River 
watershed, which provides habitat to beluga whales and landlocked salmon; and 
the Lacs des Loups Marins, home of one of the world's only populations of 
freshwater seals. The Pew Environment Group's boreal protection team has 
partnered with the Kativik regional government, the Grand Council of the Cree, 
and Societe pour la nature et les parcs to promote the value of this area. 
Canadian governments have designated more than 135 million acres of new parks 
and wildlife refuges since 2000. Canada's boreal surpasses the Amazon Rain 
Forest in size and carbon storage. 
The Pew Environment Group is the conservation arm of The Pew Charitable 
Trusts, a nongovernmental organization that works globally to establish 
pragmatic, science-based policies that protect our oceans, preserve our 
wildlands, and promote clean energy. 
Contact: Matt Jacobson, (202) 277-8463 or 
SOURCE: Pew Environment Group 
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