More pro­tec­tion for frag­ile zones

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

The Raisin Re­gion Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity (RRCA) is now an en­vi­ron­men­tal char­ity el­i­gi­ble to re­ceive eco­log­i­cal gifts un­der En­vi­ron­ment Canada’s Eco­log­i­cal Gifts Pro­gram (EGP).

The pro­gram en­ables Cana­di­ans with eco­log­i­cally sen­si­tive land to pro­tect na­ture and leave a legacy for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. It of­fers sig­nif­i­cant tax ben­e­fits to landown­ers who do­nate land or a par­tial in­ter­est in land to a qual­i­fied re­cip­i­ent. The RRCA would be­come re­spon­si­ble for the con­ser­va­tion of the do­nated land’s bio­di­ver­sity and en­vi­ron­men­tal her­itage.

“It pro­vides peace of mind to landown­ers that can take com­fort know­ing their land will be cared for in the fu­ture by an or­ga­ni­za­tion that shares their con­ser­va­tion val­ues,” notes RRCA gen­eral man­ager Richard Pilon.

Forests, grass­lands, wet­lands and shore­lines have been pro­tected un­der the EGP.

If a prop­erty has fea­tures that have been con­served in their nat­u­ral state, it may qual­ify as an eco­log­i­cal gift. Con­tact the Raisin Re­gion Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity (www.rrca.on.ca) for more in­for­ma­tion.

About the Eco­log­i­cal Gifts Pro­gram

The Eco­log­i­cal Gifts Pro­gram is ad­min­is­tered by En­vi­ron­ment and Cli­mate Change Canada in co­op­er­a­tion with dozens of part­ners, in­clud­ing other fed­eral de­part­ments, pro­vin­cial and mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ments, and en­vi­ron­men­tal non-govern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Be­tween the in­cep­tion of the pro­gram in 1995 and Oc­to­ber 31, 2016, some 1,260 eco­log­i­cal gifts val­ued at over $807 mil­lion have been do­nated across Canada, pro­tect­ing over 180,000 hectares of wildlife habi­tat. Many of these eco­log­i­cal gifts con­tain ar­eas des­ig­nated as be­ing of na­tional or pro­vin­cial sig­nif­i­cance, and many are home to some of Canada's species at risk. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit https://www.ec.gc.ca/pde-egp/

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