Habitat Conservation Fund

Department of Natural Resources (to July 2018)

October 16, 2001 12:15 PM

Nine projects focussing on wildlife conservation were approved
for funding by Natural Resources Minister Ernest Fage under the
new Habitat Conservation Fund. Money for the Habitat Conservation
Fund is generated through the required purchase of a Wildlife
Habitat Stamp on hunting licences. The stamp was recommended by
the Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters, and the fee is
$2.

"This fund provides an excellent opportunity for non-government
organizations or individuals to gain financial support for the
work they are doing in support of wildlife," said Mr. Fage. "One
hundred per cent of the funds collected will be used for habitat
conservation research."

The nine approved projects, totalling $114,442, were reviewed and
recommended by an independent board of directors consisting of
members from hunter, naturalist and academic associations.

"This special fund was recommended and developed with the support
of the hunting community," said Tony Rodgers, executive director
of the Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters. "As members
of the board of directors and partners in this program, we will
help to ensure that all the moneys generated will be used
specifically for habitat conservation programs."

The primary goal of the fund is to assist with programs that
protect and enhance wildlife habitats. Projects will be funded up
to 75 per cent on a cost-shared basis and must fall into one of
four categories: purchase of land for the benefit of wildlife,
habitat improvement, wildlife habitat research and related
education programs.

Successful recipients of the first year of funding, and their
projects, are:
-- Bird Studies Canada: Making Nova Scotia's Lakes Loon Friendly
-- Ruffed Grouse Society of Canada, Nova Scotia Chapter: Upland
Game Habitat Enhancement
-- St. Francis Xavier University: Woodlot Enhancement in Pictou
Landing
-- The Nature Conservancy of Canada: Gaff Point Campaign
-- Bluenose Atlantic Coastal Action Program: Coastal Island
Conservation        
-- Shelburne County Fish and Game Association: Improve Nesting
Success of Eider Ducks
-- Randolf F. Lauff: Boreal and Northern Saw-whet Owls in
Enhanced Habitats
-- Nova Scotia Nature Trust: A Forest Legacy
-- Halifax Wildlife Association: Waterfowl Hunter Education
Program--Habitat Component

"I commend the board of directors of this fund for their
dedication and their work," said Mr. Fage. "I appreciate their
efforts in determining which of the 14 submitted projects were to
be selected."

Applications are now being accepted for 2001-02. Submission
guidelines and application forms can be obtained from any
Department of Natural Resources office or on the Web site at
www.gov.ns.ca/natr/wildlife/habfund . Applications must be
received by the department's Wildlife Division by Feb. 1, 2002.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     Natural Resources Minister Ernest Fage approved nine

projects focussing on wildlife conservation under the new Habitat

Conservation Fund.

     Money for the Habitat Conservation Fund is generated through

the required purchase of a Wildlife Habitat Stamp on hunting

licences.

     The primary goal of the fund is to assist with programs that

protect and enhance wildlife habitats.

     Applications are being accepted for the year and can be

obtained from any Natural Resources office or the department's

Web site (www.gov.ns.ca/natr/wildlife/habfund ).

     The deadline is February 1st, 2002.

Contact: Barry Sabean
         Natural Resources
         902-679-6139
         E-mail: sabeanbc@gov.ns.ca

         Anne Perigo
         Natural Resources
         902-424-2354
         E-mail: perigoa@gov.ns.ca

cmg              October 16, 2001         12:06 P.M.