Ontario Expanding the Protection and Preservation of Green Spaces in Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes
MPP for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark announced the Ontario government, through the new Greenlands Conservation Partnership, will be contributing 40% of the funding for the Rideau Waterway Land Trust to acquire the Warren property in Chaffey’s Lock.
The property will be named the Warren Nature Reserve, in honour of Don and Mary Warren, long-time residents of Chaffey’s Lock who understood the need to protect key pieces of the natural environment for the benefit of future generations.
Clark said, “I am pleased to have been able to bring the Greenlands Conservation Partnership to the attention of the Trust in a timely way and advocate bringing this acquisition to a speedy conclusion.”
The Greenlands Conservation Partnership will see up to $50 million invested over four years, the $20 million the Ontario government is investing, with another $30 million from non-provincial sources such as individual donations, foundations and other levels of government. This program secures land to conserve ecologically important natural areas such as wetlands, grasslands and forests that help mitigate the effects of climate change.
The funding will enable the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Ontario Land Trust Alliance to conserve, restore and manage natural areas such as wetlands, grasslands and forests.
These initiatives will help mitigate the effects of climate change, a key commitment in the province’s Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan and increase the number of conserved natural spaces for the public to enjoy.