“This announcement is a continuation of our Conservative Government’s commitment to conservation and protection of our environment,” M.P. Zimmer said in a statement.
The national plan focuses on three areas; conservation, protection and connecting Canadian’s with nature.
The federal government is investing $250 million into these initiatives over the next five years.
A ‘large part’ of the investment will go towards the protection of ecologically sensitive areas across the country. In addition, another $86 million will be given to the Habitat Stewardship Program, a group of local conservation programs aimed at protecting the habitat of nearly 1,500 species at risk, including one of our regional symbols, the Grizzly Bear.
“A healthy habitat is essential to hunters and anglers,” says Zimmer. “We have an appreciation for the outdoors and want to be good stewards for our and future generations.”
Zimmer says since 2006, more than 4000 km of ecologically sensitive lands were protected and the Harper government is continuing to add incentives through tax breaks for more land to be secured. They’ve also invested $6 million to support 94 fisheries habit restorations across the country under the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnership Program.
“British Columbia was built on the abundance of its natural environment,” Zimmer adds. “This plan is a major step forward for our country and will ensure that we conserve our rich natural heritage.”