Environment Canada

Environment Canada

September 08, 2010 14:45 ET

Government of Canada Investing in Community Action to Preserve Local Habitat and Species at Risk in Newfoundland and Labrador

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND and LABRADOR--(Marketwire - Sept. 8, 2010) - Canada's Environment Minister, Jim Prentice, today announced funding from the Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk in Newfoundland and Labrador. In total, $448,060 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.

"The projects will help to protect Canada's rich biodiversity for generations to come, said Minister Prentice. "The Government of Canada is proud to support Sir Wilfred Grenfell College 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, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College has received funding for its project, "Fernald's Flowers—Critical Habitat Restoration and Protection for Limestone Barrens Species at Risk." This project will focus on habitat protection, awareness, interpretation, and identification of sustainable eco-tourism opportunities, and will foster appropriate land-use planning that will ensure no further degradation of critical habitat where listed species—Barrens Willow, Fernald's Braya and Long's Braya—occur. The ultimate aim is to facilitate the recovery of these species by empowering local communities and land users in the areas of SAR flora and its habitat to manage and preserve Critical Habitat.

"Habitat Stewardship Program funding makes education and awareness initiatives and protection of at-risk limestone barrens flora possible," said Ivan Emke, Associate Vice Principal (Research), Sir Wilfred Grenfell College. "This funding helps us work with the community to raise awareness and to generate a new and greater appreciation of the species of fauna that exist locally. When we know there is something precious in our meadows, like Barrens Willow or Fernald's Braya, we will be more likely to protect it."

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/.

(Egalement offert en francais)

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