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Big Oil and the Federal Government would have you believe that Canada’s greatest resource is bitumen. It’s not. Canada’s greatest, most spectacular, irreplaceable resource is fresh water. Life depends on water. And Canada is blessed with approximately 25 percent of the world’s wetlands. Wetlands are fabulous ecosystems, brimming with an amazing diversity of life. In fact, wetlands are as productive as rainforests and coral reefs. And wetlands filter and purify the water we all depend on.

But Canadians have not been good stewards. Seventy percent of Ontario’s wetlands have been drained. Sixty-five percent of Atlantic Canada’s coastal marshes are gone. Seventy-one percent of prairie wetlands have been lost. Eighty percent of the Fraser River delta has been developed. Canada is losing its most vital ecosystems.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada works to preserve some of Canada’s most threatened wetlands. You can read more about their work at the Campbell River Estuary, BC; the Minesing Wetlands, ON; Tabusintac Estuary, NB; and Musquash Estuary, NB by following this link to their website. On this, World Water Day, please consider making a donation to the Nature Conservancy of Canada at www.natureconservancy.ca. Help save Canada’s wetlands.

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I was recently talking with a young man and the topic of environmental protection came up. I was very surprised to learn that he was unfamiliar with The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). So here are a few words about an excellent organization that works on behalf of Canadians across the country to preserve our natural heritage.

Established in 1962, The Nature Conservancy is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2012. NCC works with stakeholders such as local nature groups and conservation authorities to directly protect important habitats through the purchase of the land. Since 1962, NCC has helped to conserve more than 2.6 million acres (1 million hectares) across the country.

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An example of an NCC project in the Ottawa area is Alfred Bog. The bog is the most significant such wetland in southern Ontario and was threatened with commercial peat extraction and draining. The Nature Conservancy of Canada became involved in the conservation of the bog ecosystem in 1986 and worked with many partners, including the South Nation Conservation Authority, the Alfred Bog Committee, the Ottawa Field Naturalists, the United Counties of Prescott and Russell, the Vankleek Hill Nature Society, Environment Canada and the Ministry of Natural Resources. Today, about 90 percent of the Bog is under conservation ownership. You can read more about Alfred Bog in my post linked here.

A number of Canadian entertainment personalities have worked with the Nature Conservancy to promote their work. The short video above features the voice of Stuart McLean. Jason Priestly, Ryan Reynolds and William Shatner are among those who have contributed to the NCC Force For Nature campaign. You can become a Force for Nature too. Visit the Nature Conservancy website here. The Nature Conservancy also works in the United States and around the world to protect biodiversity. Join now, and spread the word.

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