Qualico Communities and the Nature Conservancy of Canada continue partnership through 2019
The next step in the protection of Manitoba's Assiniboine Delta Natural Area
The Manitoba Region of the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and Qualico Communities are proud to announce the extension of their partnership for a new three-year term.
As a result of Qualico Communities' support over the past four years, NCC has been able to expand our conservation work in the Assiniboine Delta Natural Area, which supports one of the last large, intact blocks of mixed-grass prairie in Manitoba as well as aspen parkland and spruce forests. The Assiniboine Delta encompasses the largest sandhill complex in Manitoba and represents a key habitat area for the endangered prairie skink (Manitoba’s only lizard), rare hog-nosed snakes, wolves, large herds of elk and an abundance of other wildlife.
"Our team is really excited to play a continued role in protecting the Assiniboine Delta Natural Area. The Assiniboine Delta reaches close to the city, yet it’s raw and rich in biodiversity and high ecological value," explains Eric Vogan, vice-president of Qualico Communities. "Protecting Manitoba lands is our focus because it is the right thing to do. We want to set the bar for how developers approach land, both inside and outside our communities."
“We are honoured to have such a prominent Canadian and Manitoban company lend their name, efforts and leadership to our conservation efforts,” stated NCC's Manitoba regional vice-president, Jeff Polakoff. “We would like to acknowledge the generosity of Qualico in ensuring that the special lands, plants and animals that we conserve continue to make Manitoba a special place for generations to come.”
Qualico Communities incorporates several practical, sustainable elements in its residential communities, including natural corridors, native grasses, local stone and rock, and the creation of wetlands for storm water drainage and retention. These provide habitat for local wildlife and opportunities for residents to experience nature close to home, all while reducing greenhouse gases, erosion and fertilizer use. For Eric Vogan and the Qualico team, partnering with NCC is an opportunity to make an immediate impact outside their communities in terms of environmental partnership, stewardship and conservation.
The goal of the Nature Conservancy of Canada is to protect Canada’s most important natural areas and the thousands of plants and animals they support. As Canada’s leading national conservation organization, the Nature Conservancy of Canada is focused on conservation science, land securement and ongoing land stewardship of Natural Areas. This science-based, long-term approach guides its work and makes NCC unique.
Nature Conservancy of Canada
• A non-profit, charitable organization.
• MoneySense magazine again ranked the Nature Conservancy of Canada as Canada’s top environmental charity for six years straight.
• NCC develops Natural Area Conservation Plans (NACPs) that identify priority lands and waters, which then become the focus of its conservation efforts.
• Priority Natural Areas in Manitoba include Riding Mountain, St Lazare Plain/Aspen Parklands, Whitemouth River Watershed, Oak Lake Sandhills and Wetlands, Souris River Valley Grasslands, West Souris Mixed-grass Prairie, Tall Grass Prairie, Interlake and the Assiniboine Delta.
• Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped protect 2.8 million acres (more than 1.1 million hectares), coast to coast. By investing in conservation, NCC helps ensure that the natural world remains a home for wildlife, a haven for recreation and a vital resource that cleans the air we breathe and water we drink.
• In Manitoba, NCC has protected over 63,000 acres (24,495 hectares) of land within nine Natural Area Conservation Plans.
Qualico Communities, Winnipeg
• Proud supporter of many local and charitable organizations, as well as neighbourhood community centres, such as Southdale Community Centre, East End Community Centre and the Dakota Community Centre.
• Qualico began building houses in Winnipeg in 1951 and ventured into land development in the 1970s with the development of All Seasons Estates in East Kildonan, Forrest Park in Charleswood, Waverley Heights in south Winnipeg and River Park South in St. Vital.
• Qualico Communities began working with Native Plant Solutions, a division of Ducks Unlimited, over a decade ago to incorporate elements of high environmental sustainability, such as naturalizing storm water retention ponds into wetlands, planting acres of native grasses and creating extensive networks of limestone trails, into the design of new neighbourhoods in and around Winnipeg.
• Qualico Communities is a division of Qualico, which is a fully integrated real estate development company, with businesses across Western Canada and in Austin, Texas.
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