Environment Canada

Environment Canada

September 02, 2010 09:33 ET

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

PORT COLBORNE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 2, 2010) - Dean Allison, Member of Parliament for Niagara West—Glanbrook, 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, $67,500 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 happy to be working with local partners to help conserve Canada's natural legacy," said MP Allison. "Canadians are taking action to preserve and protect the many species at risk in this province, such as the spotted turtle, dusky salamander, and American water-willow, to name a few. The funding announced today reinforces our Government's commitment to working with partners to sustain our environment."

"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 Niagara region of Ontario 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."

In the Wainfleet area of Ontario, the spotted turtle and eastern massasauga rattlesnake are affected by human-related impacts. The HSP funding received will allow the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources to better determine how these two species have been affected by recent flooding events, traffic and agricultural practices. This particular project also promotes species recovery, habitat stewardship and land stewardship.

"Habitat Stewardship funding is extremely important for addressing stewardship actions necessary for the recovery of species at risk," said Anne Yagi, Management Biologist with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. "In this region, the funding provided by Environment Canada will support four stewardship projects at the grass roots level by allowing us to improve and protect important habitat, plant trees and create educational materials. Without this funding, we would not be able to meet with landowners, improve habitat and study how well the improvements are working. Habitat stewardship is an essential part of species recovery."

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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