Environment Canada

Environment Canada

September 07, 2010 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Investing in Community Action to Preserve Local Habitat and Species at Risk in the Outaouais Region of Quebec

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 7, 2010) - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister responsible for the Outaouais region and Member of Parliament for Pontiac, 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, $95,182 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, the Government of Canada's contribution to these community actions is another concrete example of the importance that we place on protecting wildlife and plant habitats in the Outaouais region," said Minister Cannon.

"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 Nature Conservancy of Canada 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."

This project focuses on the protection of the habitat of species at risk in the Lower Saint Lawrence and the Ottawa Valley by creating protected areas for 23 species at risk, including Blanding's and musk turtles. The development of ecosystem monitoring will also ensure the conservation and vitality of present populations.

"This funding will help us further understand the natural environment of the area, do inventories, identify the territories that need to be protected and do target management. These are essential activities to ensure the survival of species in precarious situations found in the Outaouais region, species such as the Blanding's turtle, the loggerhead shrike, and the western chorus frog," said Nathalie Zinger, vice-president for the Quebec region of the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

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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