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Regional conservation projects gain $530,000 added investment

The Fédération de l’UPA de la Montérégie, in collaboration with Environment and Climate Change Canada, has announced the launch of Phase Two of the “Mobilizing the Montérégie farming community to conserve species at risk and their habitats” project.

Environment and Climate Change Canada and the Nature Conservancy of Canada will contribute $530,227 in financial support for this second phase of the project, which will run until 2026.

Steven Guilbeault, the minister of Environment and Climate Change, referred to the St. Lawrence lowlands as a unique and ecologically rich ecosystem, while noting the government was proud to support actions on agricultural land that support the survival and recovery of species at risk.

The main objective of Phase Two is to continue to improve the statuses of 12 species at risk, including the meadowlark, wood turtle, northern garter snake, eastern bumblebee, and monarch butterfly.

The Fédération de l’UPA de la Montérégie, in collaboration with ALUS Montérégie and various local experts, will maintain their support for farmers participating in projects that include delayed mowing, the seeding of new flowering areas for pollinators, and the creation of shelters for amphibians and reptiles. (SR)

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