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Nearly $60,000 to help save turtles provided by Species at Risk Stewardship Fund

June 9, 2015 -

Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources is giving the City of Kingston a $59,066.55 grant from its Species at Risk Stewardship Fund to help keep turtles safe and in their own habitats.

"The provincial government has joined the community in adding its support to help more turtles survive. We look forward to getting the planned fencing in place this fall and developing plans to extend the City's efforts," says Mayor Bryan Paterson.

Last year, council agreed to match community funds raised to build fencing to prevent turtles from attempting to cross Princess Street near the Ambassador Hotel.  The community and Turtles Kingston raised more than $30,000 toward the City's costs for the fencing, which will go up in the fall because it cannot be installed during nesting season from May to September. 

The $61,200 in fencing will run along the south side of Princess Street between the train tracks and the Ambassador Hotel's parking lot.

The provincial grant monies will be used to build turtle-nesting platforms and additional fencing along this corridor.

About the City of Kingston

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, communications officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116, or call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.