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article imageNew plan for stewardship and conservation in Canada

By Tim Sandle     Oct 21, 2014 in Environment
Toronto - The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) and the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) are to work together in order to “enhance the stewardship and conservation practices” in Canada.
The partnership has been codified by a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), according to Bullet News. As well as increased co-operation between the NPC and CWF, the agreement is designed to promote educational programs and public outreach activities.
The new partnership began on October 17, 2014. The primary focus will be on environmental stewardship, urban conservation and wildlife education. Both organizations will share educational, horticultural and scientific expertise.
Commenting on the new working arrangement, NPC Chair Janice Thomson said:“This MOU will be the first of its kind for NPC and will build on a foundation of years of horticulture excellence and research performed by NPC’s School of Horticulture and Botanical Gardens. I want to thank Wade Luzny of the Canadian Wildlife Federation for his support and recognition of the important work performed by Niagara Parks, as we move forward together, in conserving and protecting our most precious wildlife and habitat, here in Niagara and throughout the country.”
The NPC has a primary focus on Ontario’s Niagara Parks. It is a long-standing body, founded in 1885. The NPC is an Operational Enterprise Agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. The organization’s mission is to protect the natural and cultural heritage along the Niagara River. The Niagara River is an international waterway is an important region for an annual gathering of birds. This included: Bonaparte’s Gull (Larus philadelphia), Herring Gull (Larus argentatus), Canvasback (Aythya valisineria) and Common Merganser (Mergus merganser). Although government backed, the NPC is expected to be financially self-sufficient.
Also responding to the announcement, Wade Luzny, CWF CEO and Executive Vice-President stated: “The Canadian Wildlife Federation’s partnership with The Niagara Parks Commission builds on the strengths of both of our organizations, allowing us to use our combined expertise to develop programs to enhance visitor knowledge regarding the importance of wildlife in our lives. It is only by engaging people in wildlife experiences that we will foster an appreciation of the need to conserve our natural world and foster a new generation of wildlife stewards. Through this collaboration, CWF and NPC will be creating experiences for people of all ages that are memorable, educational, enjoyable and sustainable.”
The CPW is a younger body than the NPC, founded in 1962. The organization is a national, non-profit charitable organization that aims to raise awareness about the natural world. The primary aims include raising awareness about the impact of people on the environment and to sponsor research.
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