Thanks to a $1 million donation, Ontario is getting a boost for conservation
Simcoe, ON - April 5, 2019 - Thanks to retired businessman Frank Charles Miller's
million-dollar donation, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) will be able to
protect more conservation land in Ontario.
In honour of the donation, NCC has named a conservation project in Norfolk County
after the Hamilton resident. The Frank Charles Miller Nature Reserve borders NCC's
Backus Woods, a forest widely recognized as the best remaining example of older-growth
Carolinian forest habitat in Canada supporting numerous species at risk including
Acadian flycatcher, eastern whip-poor-will, prothonotary warbler and monarch.
This incredible gift will help support the national not-for-profit land trust's
conservation efforts across Ontario. This includes protecting more land for species
at risk, battling invasive species and ensuring that the next generation have forests,
beaches, wetlands and grasslands to enjoy.
"Supporting conservation just makes sense," said Miller. "As you grow older, you
realize that protecting nature is protecting the future, and I can't think of a
better legacy to leave for those who come after us."
Miller is known for his charitable giving in his home town of Hamilton, where he
also made a significant gift to St. Joseph's Healthcare Foundation.
"It is thanks to the generosity of our amazing donors like Frank Miller that we
can continue to conserve Ontario's most important natural areas and the species
they sustain," said Mike Hendren, NCC's regional vice-president for Ontario.
- The Frank Charles Miller Nature Reserve is located in the Carolinian Life Zone —
a critical ecosystem that extends from the Carolinas to its northernmost point in
- Norfolk County is home to more than 45 provincially, nationally or globally rare
plants and animals, one of the highest densities of rare and endangered wildlife
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is the nation's leading not-for-profit, private
land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas
and the species they sustain. Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped to protect
2.8 million acres (more than 1.1 million hectares), coast to coast, with more than
200,000 acres (82,000 hectares) in Ontario. To learn more, visit
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