Government of Canada

Government of Canada

September 22, 2010 10:46 ET

Government of Canada Investing in Community Action to Preserve Local Habitat and Species at Risk in the Hamilton-Burlington Area

HAMILTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 22, 2010) - David Sweet, Member of Parliament for Ancaster—Dundas—Flamborough—Westdale, on behalf of Canada's Environment Minister, Jim Prentice, today announced funding from the Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk. $20,000 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, we are proud of the steps our local partners are taking to help preserve the important species at risk in the beautiful Dundas Valley," said MP Sweet. "The funding announced today confirms the Government of Canada's commitment to protecting the natural environment that surrounds us, and the activities planned by our partners will go a long way in conserving and protecting this community."

"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 Hamilton-Halton Watershed Stewardship 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."

The Habitat Stewardship Program funding will help the Hamilton-Halton Watershed Stewardship Program to change minds, practices and landscapes to protect species at risk in the Dundas Valley and Upper Spencer Creek. The Hamilton-Halton Watershed Stewardship Program will collaborate with local partners and the community to plan and coordinate species at risk activities, such as developing conservation action plans, hosting workshops, investigating approaches to help reduce threats to species, and undertaking restoration projects.

"Changing Minds, Practices and Landscapes has been the theme for the strategic workplan of the Hamilton-Halton Watershed Stewardship Program," said Sheila O'Neal, Watershed Stewardship Manager for the Hamilton-Halton Watershed Stewardship Program. "Funding from Environment Canada's Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk has allowed the HHWSP to encourage and support landowners as they reconsider their land management practices. The goal is to restore and protect habitat so that species are no longer at risk."

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 efforts to reduce the entanglement of species at risk in fishing gear, and the 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, steller sea lion, swift fox, and 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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