Environment Canada

Environment Canada

August 26, 2010 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Investing in Community Action to Preserve Local Habitat and Species at Risk in British Columbia

CRANBROOK, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 26, 2010) - The Honourable Jim Abbott, Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of International Cooperation and Member of Parliament for Kootenay—Columbia, on behalf of Canada's Environment Minister, the Honourable Jim Prentice, today announced funding from the Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk. In total, $14,438 in federal funding will support environmental action focusing on conservation and protection of species at risk and their habitats, helping to preserve Canada's biodiversity.

"As part of the International Year of Biodiversity, the Government is proud to support the conservation of a variety of wildlife in the Kootenay region, including numerous uncommon and endangered species warranting conservation attention," said Parliamentary Secretary Abbott. "The Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk enables us to take strides in the conservation of biodiversity in British Columbia."

"This project will help to protect Canada's rich biodiversity for generations to come," said Minister Prentice. "The Government of Canada is proud to support the Government of British Columbia through the Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk. Your actions, large or small, will help to protect the abundance and variety of life that is part of our natural heritage."

The Government of British Columbia will receive a total of $14,438 to promote stewardship of rare invertebrate fauna species at risk in the Kootenay region. Their project will focus on gastropods, butterflies, and bees, which are native to this region of the province. Land owners on private farms, gardens and municipal properties will be contacted and asked to complete surveys. Once the survey results are analyzed, landowners will be provided with a summary report of the species on their property and stewardship guidelines for enhancing and maintaining habitat for invertebrate species at risk on their property.

The goal of the Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk is to contribute to the recovery and protection of species listed as endangered, threatened or of special concern under the Species at Risk Act.

National projects that will receive funding this year include stewardship actions to conserve habitat for plant species at risk, negotiations with landowners to develop voluntary Land Care Agreements, targeted educational outreach to reduce the entanglement of species at risk in fishing gear, and enhancement of water quality and aquatic habitat on private lands to benefit aquatic species at risk. They will be undertaken with many partners such as agricultural producers, private landowners, and commercial fishers. These projects will benefit many species at risk, including the North Atlantic Right Whale, the Steller Sea Lion, the Swift Fox, and the Small White Leek.

The Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk is administered by Environment Canada and managed cooperatively with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Parks Canada Agency. More information on the Species at Risk Act and the Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk can be found on the Internet at: http://www.sararegistry.gc.ca or http://www.ec.gc.ca/hsp-pih/default.asp?lang=En&n=59BF488F-1

For more information and to view a backgrounder on this announcement, please visit the Web site of Environment Canada, at http://www.ec.gc.ca/.

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