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Government of Canada Investing in Community Action to
Preserve Local Habitat and Species at Risk in Ontario
Sep 14, 2010 15:00
GUELPH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 14, 2010) - The
Honourable Michael Chong, Member of Parliament for Wellington — Halton
Hills, 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, $638,345 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 be here to
represent the success of the partnerships we are introducing into local
communities towards the conservation and protection of species and risk and
their habitats," said MP Chong. "As Canadians, it is up to us to be stewards
and lead together in action towards the enhancement of our natural
"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 Toronto area 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."
Wildlife Preservation Canada's project related to the recovery of the
endangered loggerhead shrike and constructive conservation of associated
alvars and short grassland species is one of the five projects being
announced today for funding through the Habitat Stewardship Program. This
initiative includes activities that will focus on developing management
practices for identified habitat, help refine the critical habitat model
proposed and ensure that the model is constructively integrated into
ecosystem management in the core areas identified for shrike population
recovery in Ontario.
"Since the majority of shrikes nest on private lands, this funding is
instrumental in our efforts to effectively engage landowners in the
constructive stewardship of loggerhead shrike habitat," said Jessica
Steiner, project manager with Wildlife Preservation Canada. "The support and
participation of landowners are crucial to the success of recovery efforts.
To date over 8,000 hectares of land used by shrikes have been enhanced or
restored which is testament to the impact of the Habitat Stewardship Program
and its ongoing success."
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:
For more information and to view a backgrounder on this announcement, please
visit the Web site of Environment Canada, at