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Government of Canada

September 20, 2010 11:30 ET

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

NEPEAN, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 20, 2010) - Pierre Poilievre, Member of Parliament for Nepean—Carleton, 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, $40,000 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 excited to contribute funding to help protect the endangered butternut tree species in this area of Ontario," said MP Poilièvre. "Supporting these types of projects through the Habitat Stewardship Program demonstrates the Government of Canada's commitment to working with partners to preserve our environment."

"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 Rideau Valley Conservation Authority 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."

Through Habitat Stewardship Program funding, the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority will engage with landowners and stakeholders to help establish a long-term eastern Ontario butternut recovery program. This project will encourage the maintenance of healthy butternut trees and will make strong seedlings available to landowners for planting each spring. This will allow them to replace the dead and dying trees and assist with the regeneration of this species.

"The innovative and cost-effective work being carried out for species at risk would not be possible without the partnership and funding support from the Government of Canada Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk," said Rudy Dyck, director of watershed stewardship services with the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority. "Thanks to our partners and this funding, we have a very advanced Butternut Recovery Program which is strongly endorsed by our colleagues in Canada and the U.S."

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: 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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