Environment Canada

Environment Canada

September 23, 2010 12:28 ET

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

PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 23, 2010) - Dean Del Mastro, Member of Parliament for Peterborough, 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, $50,000 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, I encourage us all to take actions that have lasting benefits for species at risk," said MP Del Mastro. "The Habitat Stewardship Program is a concrete example of our commitment to Canadians to ensure that our natural heritage is protected and conserved."

"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 our partners in Peterborough 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."

Trent University's project on understanding Ontario's endangered badger population is one of two projects funded through the Habitat Stewardship Program in the Peterborough area. Badgers have been listed as endangered in Ontario for nearly a decade, and very little is known about their basic ecological requirements, how these relate to agricultural practices, and how effective conservation plans and stewardship strategies can be identified and implemented. Habitat Stewardship Program funding will assist in the launch of an intensive outreach campaign in tandem with a field monitoring program in order to gain greater insight into the requirements of this elusive carnivore.

"The Trent University research team, Badger Recovery Team and Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources have partnered together to conduct critical work on badger populations," said Dr. Christopher Kyle, research chair in wildlife genetics and forensics at Trent University. "The Habitat Stewardship Program funding received will ensure the success of this partnership towards updating the 2009 Badger Recovery Strategy and nurturing more viable, self-sustaining badger populations in Ontario."

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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