Environment Canada

Environment Canada

September 23, 2010 09:53 ET

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

SAINT-VALLIER, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 23, 2010) - Steven Blaney, Member of Parliament for Lévis—Bellechasse, 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, $99,163 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, it is essential to work closely with non-governmental organizations to protect sites with remarkable biodiversity and ensure the integrity of their natural habitat," said MP Blaney. "These sites serve as essential habitats for a multitude of species, such as the yellow rail, the short-eared owl and victorin's gentian".

"These projects will help to protect Canada's rich biodiversity for generations to come, said Minister Jim 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."

The Nature Conservancy of Canada will use this Habitat Stewardship Program funding for the conservation of species at risk in the St. Lawrence River estuary. The purpose of the stewardship project is to protect 11 species designated as species at risk by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada, and about 30 more species that are of concern.

"The ecological wealth of the St. Lawrence River estuary is worth protecting, and our activities will make it possible to improve the status of many species, including some plants found nowhere else in the world," said Hubert Pelletier-Gilbert, assistant director of the eastern Quebec branch 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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