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Earth Rangers and Holcim Canada Announce a National Partnership to Help "Bring Back the Wild" for Migratory Song Birds in Canada

TORONTO, Oct. 2, 2012 /CNW/ - Earth Rangers and Holcim (Canada) Inc., announce a three year partnership to support Earth Rangers' Bring Back the Wild program.

Bring Back the Wild is Earth Rangers' kid powered conservation program that educates children and their families about the importance of biodiversity and partners with them to raise funds to support the acquisition and restoration of endangered habitats across Canada.  Funds raised also support Earth Rangers' School Outreach Program, which travels to over 550 schools across Canada annually.

The partnership between Earth Rangers and Holcim Canada will focus on three migratory song birds found on Holcim Canada properties.  Highlighting a different species each year, this year's conservation project with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) will help protect the wood thrush by:

  • Supporting land acquisition in the Tremblant-Prevost Natural Area in Quebec through the purchase an additional 25 acres of mature deciduous forest for the wood thrush to call home.

  • Support migration research through the purchase of 60 geolocators to be placed on wood thrush so scientists can study and track their migration path and stopover sites, so we can learn how best to protect their breeding and wintering areas.

"Holcim is committed to minimizing our ecological footprint and recognizes biodiversity as a key element of our long term sustainability strategy. It is important for our organization to find partners who can enhance and support these efforts.  Through our parent company, Holcim Ltd., we have already establisheda relationship with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Today's partnership announcement is just another step in our journeyto enhance awareness of biodiversity, support conservation initiatives across Canada and educate youth about ourcommitment to protect biodiversity and work towards sustainable development," says Bill Galloway, Senior Vice President, Holcim Canada.

Earth Rangers and Holcim Canada will also work together to ensure the habitat rehabilitation work taking place at Holcim sites across Ontario and Quebec continues to be of the highest quality for migratory song birds and other species.

"We are very proud to be partnering with Holcim Canada on this important project to protect migratory song birds", says Peter Kendall, Executive Director, Earth Rangers. "Migratory song birds are among the most dramatically declining animals globally due to habitat loss.  The only way to turn this decline around is by working together - children and families, non-profits and corporations.  Holcim Canada understands this and has made a strong commitment to not only assist groups like Earth Rangers, but to also ensure that the restoration work on their properties enhances local biodiversity".

***Special note to media*** Earth Rangers' Wildlife Biologists and their live Animal Ambassadors are available for interviews in Ontario and Quebec.

ABOUT EARTH RANGERS:

Earth Rangers is the kids' conservation organization. Earth Rangers is focused on communicating a positive, science-based message to children on the importance of protecting biodiversity. Through programs including a children's website - www.earthrangers.com, a national television presence on YTV and a national School Outreach Program featuring live Animal Ambassadors, Earth Rangers is able to reach, inspire and enable millions of children each year to take action to help ensure the lasting survival of species in Canada.

Bring Back the Wild is Earth Rangers' kid-powered conservation program designed to help protect endangered animals in Canada by raising funds to purchase, restore and protect their wild habitats. Funds raised also help support Earth Rangers' School Outreach Program, which travels to over 550 schools across Canada annually.

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ABOUT HOLCIM (CANADA) INC.

Holcim (Canada) Inc. is one of the country's largest vertically integrated building materials and construction companies. With 3,000 employees, Holcim Canada manufactures cement, aggregates and ready-mix concrete and provides construction services to many of Canada's largest infrastructure projects. It has a portfolio of brands, including Dufferin in Ontario and Demix in Quebec.

Holcim Canada is a member of the Holcim Group, a Swiss-based multinational with operations in more than 70 countries worldwide. A leading global brand, Holcim (VTX: HOLN.VX) is recognized for its long-term financial performance, its environmental leadership, corporate social responsibility and sustainable construction.


SOURCE Earth Rangers

Image with caption: "Earth Rangers' Wildlife Biologists and Holcim staff members celebrate the launch of their partnership with students from Brookville Public School in Ontario. (CNW Group/Earth Rangers)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121002_C3249_PHOTO_EN_18709.jpg




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