More Species Get Protection In Ontario



    
    McGuinty Government Acts To Implement Scientific Committee's
    Recommendations
    

    TORONTO, Feb. 24 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    One bird, one aquatic species and two plant species are being added to
Ontario's endangered species list.
    The province is acting on a report (http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/262886.pdf)
from the Committee (http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=b7fa2950f63811f) on the
Status of Species at Risk in Ontario to add the four new species, remove two
species, and reclassify four species on the Species at Risk in Ontario List.
(See attached backgrounder)

    
    Of note, the committee has determined that:
    -   Ontario's population of American white pelican is now stable enough
        to be changed from endangered to threatened.
    -   The Karner blue butterfly, which hasn't been reliably reported in the
        province since the late 1980s, remains protected on the list but was
        reclassified from endangered to extirpated.
    -   Eastern Flowering Dogwood, Ogden's Pondweed, Eastern Pondmussel and a
        subspecies of Red Knot should be added to the list as endangered.
    

    Species can be classified
(http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/Species/2ColumnSubPage/244543.html) as
extinct, extirpated, endangered, threatened or of special concern. Under the
terms of Ontario's Endangered Species Act, 2007
(http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=d60a294740ca008), all species newly
designated as endangered and threatened are automatically protected, along
with their habitat.
    The committee also released a prioritized list
(http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/262882.pdf) of 53 species to be reviewed and the
criteria for classification.

    QUOTE

    "The encouraging news about the American white pelican - and the success
we've had in the past restoring other species like the peregrine falcon -
shows us that getting on the species at risk list can be the first step to
recovery for many of Ontario's threatened or endangered species and their
habitats," said Natural Resources Minister Donna Cansfield
(http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/About/2ColumnSubPage/249086.html).

    
    QUICK FACTS
    -   Ontario is home to more than 30,000 species,
        (http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=93c3a3533fce2a0)
        of which more than 180 are currently identified as being at risk.
    -   The American white pelican's nesting colony on Lake of the Woods is
        one of the largest in the world.
    -   Ontario's new Endangered Species Act
        (http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=34aec855458a085) took
        effect on June 30, 2008, making the province a North American leader
        in species at risk protection and recovery.

    LEARN MORE
    -   Find out how species get on the Species at Risk in Ontario
        (http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=93c3a3533fce2a0) list,
        what biologists are doing to help
        (http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=408cfe6c97c0182)
        protect and recover them, and what Natural Resources Minister Donna
        Cansfield
        (http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/About/2ColumnSubPage/249086.html)
        has to say.
    -   See the information notice regarding changes to the Species at Risk
        in Ontario list on the Environmental Registry
        (http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=2f5d873b1bc569a)
        (ontario.ca/environmentalregistry), Registry Number 010-5632.
    -   Learn how you can protect
        (http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=b0d76c5564fcf36)
        species at risk in Ontario (ontario.ca/speciesatrisk).

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    BACKGROUNDER
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                 CHANGES TO SPECIES AT RISK LIST IN ONTARIO
    

    The Committee on the Status of Species at Risk in Ontario is responsible
for classifying species at risk based on established criteria. The independent
committee of scientific experts may at any time submit a report to the
Minister of Natural Resources regarding species that have been assessed and
classified.
    Acting on a report (http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/262886.pdf) from the
committee received in November 2008, the Ministry of Natural Resources is
proceeding with the following amendments:

    
    Species to be added to the Species at Risk in Ontario list:
    -   Eastern Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida) - Endangered
    -   Ogden's Pondweed (Potamogeton ogdenii) - Endangered
    -   Eastern Pondmussel (Ligumia nasuta) - Endangered
    -   Red Knot rufa subspecies (Calidris canutus rufa) - Endangered

    Species to be re-classified on the Species at Risk in Ontario list:
    -   Karner Blue (Lycaeides melissa samuelis) - from Endangered to
        Extirpated
    -   Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) - from Endangered to
        Extirpated
    -   Redside Dace (Clinostomus elongatus) - from Threatened to Endangered
    -   American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) - from Endangered
        to Threatened

    Species to be removed from the Species at Risk in Ontario list:
    -   Black Buffalo (Ictiobus niger) - currently listed as Special Concern,
        changed to Data Deficient
    -   Orangespotted Sunfish (Lepomis humilis) - currently listed as Special
        Concern, but determined to be not eligible
    

    Under the provisions of the Endangered Species Act, 2007
(http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=34aec855458a085), the habitat of species
newly listed as, or changed, to endangered or threatened is automatically
protected once the amended regulation is filed.
    In addition, the act requires that recovery strategies be prepared within
one or two years depending on whether a species is listed as endangered or
threatened.

    
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    Jason Travers, Species at Risk, 705-755-1754

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