Protecting Species At Risk And Their Habitats



    McGuinty Government Supports Local Stewardship Projects

    TORONTO, July 23 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    More than $260,000 in funding will support 10 volunteer stewardship
projects in south central Ontario this year under the province's Species at
Risk Stewardship Fund.
    Proposals to take a species-at-risk display on the road to 50 schools in
southwestern Ontario, protect wood turtle habitat by rerouting a recreational
trail, document the presence of a globally rare dragonfly, and help landowners
restore habitat on their land are among the projects being funded.
    The $18-million, four-year Species at Risk Stewardship Fund
(www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/Species/2ColumnSubPage/STEL01_131229.html) is
part of the Ministry of Natural Resources'
(http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/index.html) 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 the
organizations, groups and individuals who are volunteering their time 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/249086.html). "Working
together we can reverse the rate of species decline in Ontario and ensure
future generations enjoy and benefit from a healthy and diverse natural
environment."

    "We are pleased to participate in the ongoing work to protect the
province's species at risk," said Laurie Schutt, Executive Director of the Wye
Marsh Wildlife Centre (http://www.wyemarsh.com/index.html). "The contribution
from the Species at Risk Stewardship fund to groups such as the Friends of the
Wye Marsh (http://www.wyemarsh.com/about_friends.html) will help move that
work forward."

    
    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.

    -   In 2007, the first Hine's Emerald - a globally rare dragonfly - to be
        reported in Canada was found in the Minesing Swamp in Simcoe County.

    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
    

    Ten volunteer projects in south central Ontario will receive more than
$260,000 from the provincial Species at Risk Stewardship Fund this year to
help protect and recover species at risk.

    Bancroft Area Stewardship Council - $10,500 to support the rerouting of
an existing multi-use recreational trail to protect sensitive species at risk
habitat.
    Contact: Dennis LeFeuvre, 613-332-4084

    Christopher Evans - $30,620 to support field studies and research for a
status report on the Hine's Emerald, a globally rare dragonfly that was
discovered in the Minesing Wetlands in Simcoe County in 2007.
    Contact: Christopher Evans, 705-727-7791

    
    Couchiching Conservancy - $110,446 to support two projects:
    -   a partnership conservation strategy that coordinates land securement,
        stewardship and recovery actions on the Carden Alvar, protecting
        habitat for at least 15 species at risk.
    -   collection of data by naturalists and landowners to be published in
        an atlas about the habitats, identification and conservation needs of
        species at risk near the southern edge of the Canadian Shield, from
        Georgian Bay to Balsam Lake.
    Contact: Brian Hobbs, 905-336-1158 ext 255
    

    Friends of Awenda Park - $11,322 to determine the status of up to 15
dragonfly species in Awenda Provincial Park and promote stewardship activities
for these species through outreach and education programs.
    Contact: Tim Tully, 705-549-2231, Ext. 25

    Friends of Wye Marsh - $12,000 to support species at risk inventories for
the Wye Marsh Provincial Wildlife Area that will provide the necessary
information to ensure habitats are protected and taken into consideration in
any future land use planning.
    Contact: Adrian Philphot, 705-526-7809

    Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve - $40,945 to support a series of species
at risk workshops for residents in the Muskoka-Parry Sound area that will
encourage conservation and stewardship activities such as habitat enhancement.
    Contact: Brian O'Donoghue, 705-789-9098

    Haliburton Highlands Trust - $18,030 to support on-the-ground
verification and inventory of species at risk habitats, and a media marketing
campaign to mobilize landowner and community support for species and habitat
protection and recovery efforts.
    Contact: Sheila Ziman, 705-754-2532

    Kids for Turtles - $11,300 to support the collection of vital species at
risk information for the management of the Swift Rapids Road public land area
and related community outreach activities.
    Contact: Bob Bowles, 705-325-3149

    Muskoka Wildlife Centre - $17,900 to support a travelling species-at-risk
display that will visit 50 schools across southwestern Ontario teaching 15,000
students about the barn owl, American badger and eastern fox snake and the
importance of good stewardship.
    Contact: Dale Glenow, 705-689-0222

    
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    Jason Travers, Fish and            www.ontario.ca/natural-resources-news
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For further information:

For further information: David Bauer, Minister's Office, (416) 314-2212;
Rick Winston, Communications Services Branch, (416) 314-2123

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