Environment Canada

Environment Canada

September 27, 2010 11:22 ET

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

OWEN SOUND, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 27, 2010) - Larry Miller, Member of Parliament for Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound, on behalf of Canada's Environment Minister, the Honourable Jim Prentice, today announced funding from the Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk. $46,000 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 am proud to support community action that enriches our land and protects our sensitive species," said MP Miller. "The work being done through all of the Habitat Stewardship Program-supported projects reflects Canadians' commitment to work together towards achieving an important common goal."

"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 Bruce Resource Stewardship Network 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 Bruce Resource Stewardship Network's Pitcher's Thistle-Dune Grasslands project is receiving funding through the Habitat Stewardship Program to support priority actions. Proposed project activities will promote and improve the stewardship of species at risk, educate and raise awareness of new generations of beach users, enable Ontarians to participate in projects with measurable environmental benefits, implement recovery strategy actions, and develop partnerships with municipalities and other agencies who manage the shoreline on which these rare species and habitats occur.

"Habitat Stewardship Program funding has been a significant part of our efforts with local community partners and resource experts for the last five years," said Craig Todd, stewardship coordinator with the Bruce Resource Stewardship Network. "We have been able to focus on education for residents and the protection of species at risk which have prevented our coastal dune systems from further risk of degradation and destruction."

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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