Government of Canada

Government of Canada

September 28, 2010 11:37 ET

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

EXETER, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 28, 2010) - Ben Lobb, Member of Parliament for Huron—Bruce, on behalf of Canada's Environment Minister, Jim Prentice, today announced funding from the Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk. In total, $135,090 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 can be proud of the outstanding work that communities across Canada are undertaking to preserve our environment," said MP Lobb. "With the assistance of Habitat Stewardship Program funding, our local partners are taking actions that help the survival and recovery of species at risk in area watersheds." 

"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 Ausable Bayfield 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."

Habitat Stewardship Program funding will enable the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority to educate watershed residents about aquatic species at risk and to foster stewardship activities that will benefit aquatic species at risk within the watershed. The funding will support numerous stewardship activities that will help to reduce the documented high concentrations of nutrients and sediment within the system. High concentrations of nutrients and sediment have been identified as the most serious threats to aquatic species at risk.

"The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority is pleased to receive the Habitat Stewardship Program funding," said Kate Monk, Stewardship and Conservation Lands Supervisor with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority. "The funding will be used to improve habitat for aquatic species at risk. Equally important, the funding will allow us to teach students about the species at risk that live in the Ausable River."

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: or

For more information and to view a backgrounder on this announcement, please visit the Web site of Environment Canada, at

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