Environment Canada

Environment Canada

August 31, 2010 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Investing in Community Action to Preserve Local Habitat and Species at Risk in Centre-du-Quebec

PLESSISVILLE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 31, 2010) - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Natural Resources and MP for Mégantic—L'Érable, 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, $93,760 in federal funding will support environmental action focusing on conservation and protection of species at risk and their habitat, helping to preserve Canada's biodiversity.

"As part of the International Year of Biodiversity, these projects are all great examples demonstrating the importance that the Government of Canada places on the protection of species at risk and their habitat," said Minister Paradis.

"These projects will help to protect Canada's rich biodiversity for generations to come," said Minister Prentice. "The Government of Canada is proud to support the Conseil régional de l'environnement du Centre-du-Québec (CRECQ) 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."

Two CRECQ projects have received funding totalling $46,885. One project aims to raise awareness among landowners to encourage them to conserve or restore Wood Turtle habitat. The project calls for the development of a management plan for the main habitats targeted and a shoreline restoration plan. These actions will be supported by the conduct of inventories and the creation of a monitoring network. The purpose of the second project is the conservation and recovery of three plant species at risk.

"Over the last few years, we have carried out several habitat stewardship projects. In all cases, we focus on raising awareness and seeking the collaboration of the various stakeholders, which is a gauge of success," said Gilles Brochu, President of CRECQ.

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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