Protecting Species At Risk And Their Habitats



    McGuinty Government Funds Local Stewardship Projects

    TORONTO, July 15 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Proposals to increase understanding of Ontario's woodland caribou and
their habitat needs are among seven volunteer stewardship projects in
northeastern Ontario to receive funding this year under the province's Species
at Risk Stewardship Fund.
    Funding totalling more than $312,000 will support projects to implement
recovery strategies for species at risk, track caribou using radio collars,
undertake public outreach and education activities, and protect and restore
essential habitat.
    The $18-million, four-year Species at Risk Stewardship Fund
(http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/Species/2ColumnSubPage/STEL01_131229.htm
l) is part of the Ministry of Natural Resources' stewardship-first approach to
species protection, and is available to landowners, farmers, Aboriginal
peoples, academic institutions, industries, municipalities, conservation
organizations, stewardship councils and others across the province for
eligible protection and recovery activities.

    QUOTES

    "I'm impressed with the leadership and commitment shown by environmental
organizations, the forest industry, First Nations and others in northeastern
Ontario who are helping to protect and recover our most vulnerable species and
their habitats," said Natural Resources Minister Donna Cansfield
(http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/About/2ColumnSubPage/226953.html). "Working
together we can reverse the rate of species decline in our province and ensure
future generations enjoy and benefit from a healthy and diverse natural
environment."

    "We're encouraging the kind of volunteer stewardship activities that are
vital to protecting essential habitat and green space," said Nipissing MPP
Monique Smith. "I'm proud of the great work being done by volunteers across
northeastern Ontario to protect and recover species at risk and to keep others
from becoming endangered in the first place."

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -  In 2008-2009, 108 projects will receive close to $5 million in funding
       through the Species at Risk Stewardship Fund, focussing on outreach,
       recovery, and inventory and monitoring surveys.

    -  Ontario is home to more than 30,000 species, of which more than 180
       are currently identified as being at risk.

    -  The range of the forest-dwelling woodland caribou, which was formerly
       found throughout most of Northern Ontario, has receded northward and
       today generally lies north of latitude 50 degrees, which runs east and
       west across Ontario, north of Sioux Lookout, Geraldton, Hearst and
       Cochrane.

    LEARN MORE

    -  Find out more about Species At Risk in Ontario
       (ontario.ca/speciesatrisk)


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                 LOCAL STEWARDSHIP PROJECTS RECEIVE FUNDING
                       FOR SPECIES AT RISK PROTECTION

                                                               July 15, 2008
    

    Seven volunteer projects in northeastern Ontario will receive more than
$312,000 from the provincial Species at Risk Stewardship Fund this year to
help protect and recover species at risk.

    Attawapiskat First Nation - $29,320 for a project to combine traditional
Aboriginal knowledge with the latest scientific data about woodland caribou in
the James Bay lowlands with the goal of developing conservation measures and
gaining a greater understanding of the species and its needs.
    Contact: Suzanne Barnes, 705-997-1231

    Dokis First Nation - $35,500 to support implementation of recovery
strategies for species at risk on Dokis First Nations lands, map sites where
species occur and develop community partnerships.
    Contact: Marie Dokis, 705-763-2200

    Lake Abitibi Model Forest - $72,930 to support the tracking of woodland
caribou using satellite collars to determine habitat use, especially as it
pertains to protected areas and deferral areas established through forest
management planning.
    Contact: Wally Bidwell, 705-272-7811

    Northeast Community Network - $71,575 for a project to increase
understanding of habitat use and movement of the Nagagami caribou by radio
collaring individual animals that are part of a remnant population separated
from the area of continuous caribou distribution in Ontario. The information
gathered will help determine habitats the animals frequent, their range,
whether they are isolated and if there are any natural or man-made barriers to
their movement.
    Contact: Adrien Veilleux, 705-362-7355

    Canadian Institute of Forestry - $54,500 to support a species at risk
outreach and education partnership for central and northeastern Ontario that
focuses on reaching a large and diverse audience including elementary schools,
forest and mining professionals and workers. The project will raise awareness
and understanding of species at risk and what individuals and groups can do to
mitigate and reverse species and habitat loss.
    Contact: John Pineau, 705-744-1715, Ext. 585

    Friends of Mashkinonje - $6,450 to help increase public awareness and
appreciation for species at risk found in the extensive wetland areas along
the west end of Lake Nipissing by constructing information signs and leading
guided hikes.
    Contact: Angela Martin, 705-594-2745

    Science North - $42,250 to support an outreach and education program that
will increase public understanding about why species are disappearing and what
individuals can do to help protect and restore these species.
    Contact: Bruce Doran, 705-522-3701, Ext. 379


    
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For further information:

For further information: David Bauer, Minister's Office, (416) 314-2212;
Jolanta Kowalski, Communications Services Branch, (416) 314-2106; Jason
Travers, Fish and Wildlife Branch, (705) 755-1754

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