Environment Canada

Environment Canada

August 27, 2010 09:00 ET

Government of Canada Investing in Community Action to Preserve Local Habitat and a Species at Risk on Prince Edward Island

CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - Aug. 27, 2010) - Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Member of Parliament for Egmont, 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, $46,370 in federal funding will support environmental action focusing on conservation and protection of a species at risk and its habitat, helping to preserve Canada's biodiversity.

"As part of the International Year of Biodiversity, we are excited to contribute funding through the Habitat Stewardship Program in Prince Edward Island to help to protect endangered and conservation-dependent Piping Plovers and their habitat on beaches across PEI," said Minister Shea.

"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 Piping Plover Guardian Program 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."

Under the 2010 Habitat Stewardship Program, the Island Nature Trust has received funding for its project—the Piping Plover Guardian Program on Prince Edward Island. The project's goal is to protect endangered and conservation-dependent Piping Plovers and their habitat on beaches across Prince Edward Island. The project will establish marked areas surrounding plover breeding and feeding areas to prevent human disturbance. Through this project, the Island Nature Trust will engage individuals, organizations and governments to prevent damage and disturbance to Piping Plovers and their habitat by human activities along Prince Edward Island's coast.

"Habitat Stewardship Program funding is critical to protecting Piping Plovers and their habitats on Prince Edward Island," said Jackie Waddell, executive director of the Island Nature Trust. "The Island Nature Trust works to protect Piping Plovers outside of PEI's national parks, where 80 percent of the island's Piping Plover population resides. Habitat Stewardship Program funding allows us to install measures to protect precious plover habitat, to support our volunteers and to educate hundreds of visitors to the island to avoid human disturbance of plover breeding and feeding areas."

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

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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