26 Feb 1.3 Billion $ for Nature in the Federal Budget!
Appalachian Corridor joins the Canadian Land Trusts Working Committee and greets the Government of Canada’s commitment to nature. Throughout Canada, critical conservation work is being done on local and regional scales by the country’s land trusts. As community-driven, non-profit conservation organizations, land trusts work to protect important natural areas for the benefit of all by holding land in trust for future generations. Support by the federal government through the Natural Areas Conservation Program is an essential factor in land trusts’ ability to conduct their work and create protected natural areas in communities across the country.
Working with private landowners, land trusts protect critical ecosystem services in heavily populated regions of the country where traditional public land conservation approaches are either prohibitively expensive or impractical. These places are in southern Canada where most species at risk live and where habitat is at the greatest risk of conversion or outright destruction. By harnessing innovative partnerships with landowners and working with dedicated community volunteers, land trusts are able to establish conservation areas that protect critical habitat and create corridors between parks and other blocks of public and private land. This extension of connectivity and expansion of functional habitats is also critical to supporting Canada’s climate change resiliency.