Protecting Species At Risk And Their Habitats



    McGuinty Government Supports Local Stewardship Projects Province-wide

    TORONTO, May 26 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario is supporting 118 projects across the province that will help
protect and recover species at risk.
    As part of the province's $18-million, four-year Species at Risk
Stewardship Fund, this year funding of more than $4-million will support many
diverse projects, including:

    
    -   Developing educational shows for schools about species at risk,
        biodiversity, climate change and conservation
    -   Supporting recovery of the butternut, an endangered native tree,
        including landowner education, monitoring and seed collection
    -   An assessment of American eel abundance in the Ottawa River area,
        using both western science and aboriginal traditional knowledge
    -   The development of a grasslands restoration model for rehabilitating
        sand pits and quarries for species at risk habitat.
    

    The fund supports greater public involvement in a variety of species at
risk protection and recovery activities, and is available to many eligible
individuals and groups across the province.

    QUOTE

    "Stewardship is key to protecting Ontario's rich biodiversity.  The
number and range of projects we are supporting is evidence that across the
province, Ontarians are dedicated to protecting species at risk and their
habitats for the sake of future generations."
    - Donna Cansfield, Minister of Natural Resources

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   During its first three years, the Species at Risk Stewardship fund
        has supported more than 300 projects across the province.
    -   Ontario is home to more than 30,000 species of plants and animals.
    -   More than 180 species are at risk in Ontario; 80 per cent have
        habitats of them within an hour's drive of the Greater Toronto Area.
    -   Ontario's Endangered Species Act makes the province a North American
        leader in species at risk protection and recovery.

    LEARN MORE

    -   Read about all the Species at Risk Stewardship Fund
        (http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Newsroom/LatestNews/272893.html)
        projects funded this year.
    -   Learn more about Species at Risk
        (http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/Species/) in Ontario.
    -   Find out what you can do
(www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/Species/2ColumnSubPage/STEL02_168357.html) to
        help protect species at risk and their habitats.
    -   ontario.ca/speciesatrisk
        (http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/Species/)

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    BACKGROUNDER
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               SPECIES AT RISK STEWARDSHIP FUND PROJECTS 2009
    
    This year, Ontario is granting more than $4 million to 118 projects to
protect species at risk and their habitat through the Species at Risk
Stewardship Fund.
    Since many of Ontario's species at risk are found on private lands,
voluntary conservation efforts are essential to species recovery. The Species
at Risk Stewardship Fund supports greater public involvement in a variety of
species at risk protection and recovery activities.

    
    The following individuals and groups are eligible to apply for grants
under the program:
    -   Landowners and farmers
    -   Non-government organizations
    -   Aboriginal communities/organizations
    -   Academic institutions
    -   Conservation Authorities
    -   Ontario Stewardship Councils
    -   Municipal and local governments
    -   Individual businesses
    -   Industry organizations

    The Species at Risk Stewardship Fund supports projects which aim to:

    -   Improve the status of species at risk and their habitats through
        stewardship and recovery activities
    -   Encourage involvement in stewardship activities through outreach,
        education or youth employment
    -   Increase stewardship-related knowledge and skills of interested
        landowners or groups.
    

    The Species at Risk Stewardship Fund is providing $18 million to eligible
projects over four years (2007-2011). Since the fund was created, more than
300 projects have been funded.
    See the complete list of projects
(http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Newsroom/LatestNews/272894.html) that are
receiving funding under the 2009/10 Species at Risk Stewardship Fund below.

    
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    Organization                   Project Title
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    Algonquin to Adirondack        Gananoque River Watershed
    Conservation Association       Community Stewardship Project - Phase 2
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    Ausable Bayfield               Community Conservation
    Conservation Authority         for the Lower Ausable
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    Alderville First Nation        Alderville First Nation Black Oak Savanna
    Black Oak Savanna              Species at Risk Children's Storybook
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    Anishinabek/ Ontario           Spanish River Adult Lake Sturgeon
    Fisheries Resource Centre      Assessment
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    Attawapiskat First Nation      Woodland Caribou Proposal -
                                   James Bay Lowlands
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    Beausoleil First Nation        Species at Risk on Beausoleil First Nation
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    Brant Resource                 Snake monitoring and outreach in Brant
    Stewardship Network            County, City of Brantford and the
                                   Community of Six Nations
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    Bird Studies Canada            Conservation action for birds at risk
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    Couchiching Conservancy        Enhancing grassland habitats on the
                                   Carden Alvar
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    Carolinian Canada Coalition    Collaborative Ecoregional Framework for
                                   Species and Ecosystem Recovery in
                                   Carolinian Canada
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    Colville Consulting Inc.       Jefferson Salamander Inventory and Habitat
                                   Assessment within the Regional
                                   Municipality of Niagara
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    Confederation College          To enhance Species at Risk awareness and
                                   knowledge and to promote stewardship among
                                   First Nations youth.
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    Conservation Halton            Species at Risk Updates for Use in
    Foundation                     Conservation Halton Parks Master
                                   Planning Phase 2
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    Cat Lake and Slate Falls       Collection of woodland caribou critical
    First Nations                  calving habitat information within the Cat
                                   Lake/ Slate Falls Far North Planning
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    Corporation of the             Species at Risk Survey within the
    Municipality of Red Lake       Red Lake Municipal Boundary and
                                   Educational Publication for
                                   Municipal citizens
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    Club Navigateur La Ronde       Project "Estumatta" Phase 2,
                                   Re-establishing Lake Sturgeon in the Upper
                                   Mattagami River Watershed
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    The Canadian                   Project Peregrine - Urban Lifestyles
    Peregrine Foundation
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    Credit River                   Credit River - Norval Dam Fish Ladder
    Anglers Association
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    Joe Crowley                    Endangered Reptiles and Amphibians of
                                   Canada 2009-2010 Calendar
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    Dufferin Aggregates            Carden Alvar and the Loggerhead Shrike:
                                   Stewardship and Community Outreach
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    Durham Land                    GTA Turtle Species Mapping and Habitat
    Stewardship Council            Stewardship Project
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    Durham Land                    GTA and Surrounding Area Species at
    Stewardship Council            Risk Mapping Project
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    Durham Land                    Species at Risk Bird Inventories
    Stewardship Council            in GTA Wetlands
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    Dokis First Nation             Dokis First Nation Phase 3 - Protection of
                                   Species at Risk
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    David Seburn                   Spotted Turtle population monitoring in
                                   eastern Ontario
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    Essex County                   Essex County Stewardship Network Species
    Stewardship Network            at Risk Initiative 2009-10 - Vagi Farm
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    Essex County                   A model approach to Habitat Restoration
    Stewardship Network            and Protection in Essex County and
                                   Chatham-Kent Foxsnakes
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    Mishkeegogamang and            Collection of Species at Risk critical
    Eabametoong First Nations      calving/nursery habitat information for
                                   woodland caribou
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    Eastern Ontario Model Forest   ELC Inventory and Species at Risk Habitat
                                   Verification: Validating Landscape Based
                                   Models for Species at Risk Recovery
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    Earth Rangers                  Earth Rangers School and Community Shows
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    Essex Region                   Stone Road Alvar Mechanical Brushing
    Conservation Authority         Habitat Restoration Project
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    Essex Region                   Inventory of Species at Risk in the Big
    Conservation Authority         Creek Watershed, Essex County
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    EarthTramper Consulting Inc.   Ecological Inventory of Species-at-Risk
                                   Vegetation, Insects and Breeding Birds in
                                   Backus Woods, Norfolk County
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    Forest Gene                    The Multi-County Cooperative Landowner
    Conservation Association       Contact Program for Butternut and other
                                   local Species at Risk
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    Friends of MacGregor Point     MacGregor Point Reptile Awareness Outreach
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    Friends of Murphy's            Inventory and Outreach with Species at
    Point Park                     Risk Birds
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    Georgian Bay Biosphere         The Eastern Georgian Bay Species at Risk
    Reserve Inc.                   Stewardship Project-engaging residents in
                                   actions to benefit at-risk species
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    Grenville Land                 Common Ground: Sharing the Earth with
    Stewardship Council            Species at Risk
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    Haldimand Stewardship Council  Blanding's Turtle Grand River and Lake
                                   Erie North shore Habitat
                                   Stewardship Project
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    Haldimand Stewardship Council  Gray (A.K.A.) Black Ratsnake Habitat
                                   Stewardship Project for Carolinian Canada
                                   Specially the Niagara and Oriskany
                                   Populations
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    Hamilton Naturalists' Club     Protecting Species at Risk at HNC
                                   Nature Sanctuaries through habitat
                                   enhancement, inventorying and monitoring,
                                   and education
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    Halton-Peel Woodlands &        GTA Redside Dace Recovery Project
    Wildlife Stewardship Council
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    Halton-Peel Woodlands &        Henslow's sparrow recovery through
    Wildlife Stewardship Council   creation of tall grass prairie at Bronte
                                   Provincial Park
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    Huron Stewardship Council      Increasing Adult Monitoring and Improving
                                   Habitat for the Wood Turtle Population in
                                   Huron County
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    Huron Stewardship Council      Wetland/Riparian Corridor Enhancement for
                                   Species at Risk in Huron Watersheds
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    Kayanase                       Spring and Summer Biological Inventories
                                   of Forested areas of Six Nations of the
                                   Grand River
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    Kettle Creek                   Carolinian Forest Festival
    Conservation Authority
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    Lanark, Ottawa, Prescott/      American Eel Hydro Dam Tail Waters
    Russell and Pembroke           Monitoring Project for Mississippi and
    Stewardship Councils           Ottawa Rivers
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    Community Stewardship          An Integrated Media Species at Risk
    Council of Lanark County       Awareness and Outreach Campaign
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    Lennox & Addington             Assessment of movement patterns and
    Stewardship Council            habitat use by the Short-eared Owl on
                                   Amherst and Wolfe Islands
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    Land Care Niagara              Niagara Species at Risk Eco-Inclusion
                                   Recovery, Engagement and Educational
                                   Outreach Program
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    Lake Huron Centre for          Coastal habitat stewardship and piping
    Coastal Conservation           plover guardian program
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    Long Point Basin Land Trust    Conserving Carolinian Reptiles
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    Long Point Region              Ecosystem Restoration on a Watershed
    Conservation Authority         Basis in the Long Point Region
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    Long Point World               Long Point Causeway Improvement Project
    Biosphere Reserve Foundation
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    Long Point Waterfowl and       Identifying Best Management Practices for
    Wetland Research Fund          Wetland Stewardship in Southern Ontario to
                                   Support Marsh Birds
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    Little Ray's Reptile Zoo Inc.  Promoting backyard conservation and
                                   awareness of species at risk
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    Lennox and Addington and       Species At Risk in the Classroom - Beyond
    Leeds Stewardship Councils     Lennox & Addington County
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    Middlesex Stewardship          Camp Sylvan Tallgrass Prairie Restoration
    Council - Scouts Canada
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    Nature Conservancy of Canada   Landowner contact and species at risk
                                   outreach in the Happy Valley Forest
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    Nature Conservancy of Canada   Stewardship of Species at Risk in Canada's
                                   easternmost tallgrass prairie habitats
                                   through partnerships
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    Northeast Community Network    Determining Habitat Use and Movement of
    and the Northeast Superior     the Nagagami Caribou to Support Habitat
    Forest Community               Restoration and Land Use Strategies
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    Neskantaga First Nation        Lake Sturgeon TEK Workshops
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    Norfolk Land                   Alternative Land Use Services and Norfolk
    Stewardship Council            Environmental Stewardship Team 09/10
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    Nottawasaga Valley             Determination of Critical
    Conservation Authority         Habitat/Population Status for Nottawasaga
                                   River Lake Sturgeon Including
                                   Public Outreach
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    Ontario Federation of          2009 Lake Ontario Atlantic Salmon
    Anglers and Hunters            Restoration Program Adult Return and
                                   Spawning Assessment
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    Ontario Federation of          Community Stream Steward Program: Species
    Anglers and Hunters            at Risk Initiative
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    Ontario Nature                 Monitoring effectiveness and establishing
                                   best forestry practices for renewal of
                                   woodland caribou habitat
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    Ontario Nature                 Ontario Herpetofaunal Atlas and
                                   Awareness Program
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    Ontario Streams                Redside Dace Habitat Rehabilitation
                                   Initiative
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    Ottawa Stewardship Council     Field Verification/ Monitoring of Eastern
                                   Prairie Fringed-Orchid Habitat Modeling
                                   Sites in Ottawa
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    Ontario Waterpower             Best Management Practices guide for
    Association                    Waterpower and American Eel
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    Prince Edward                  PEC Species at Risk Wine Label Project
    Stewardship Council
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    Prince Edward                  2009/2010 Peterborough District Natural
    Stewardship Council            Heritage System Development and Species at
                                   Risk Inventory and Landowner
                                   Engagement Program
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    Plenty Canada                  Aboriginal and Western Science to the
                                   rescue of the American Eel and Lake
                                   Sturgeon in Ontario
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    Perth Stewardship Network      Spiny Softshell Inventory and Monitoring
    and Middlesex Stewardship      along the Thames River between Fullarton
    Council                        and London
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    Quetico Foundation             Lake Sturgeon population characteristics,
                                   structure, movements and habitat use in
                                   Quetico Park and adjacent areas
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    Royal Botanical Gardens        Restoring the Natural Lands at Royal
                                   Botanical Gardens for Six Species at Risk
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    Renfrew County                 Species at Risk Stewardship Habitat
    Stewardship Council            Project Manual: Education and Outreach
                                   Extension Project
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    Rural Lambton                  Marshy Creek Habitat Restoration
    Stewardship Network
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    Rural Lambton                  OptiSolar Farms Canada Tallgrass Prairie
    Stewardship Network            Initiative
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    Rural Lambton                  Managing Invasive Species to Save and
    Stewardship Network            Restore Habitat for Species at Risk
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    Raisin Region Conservation     Black Tern Nesting Study
    Authority
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    Raisin Region Conservation     Status of bridle shiner, cutlip minnow,
    Authority                      river redhorse, and grass pickerel in
                                   Cornwall AOC
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    Resource Stewardship           Species at Risk restoration on a private
    SD&G Council                   land parcel located on Hoople Creek
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    Lower Grand River Land Trust   Species at Risk at Ruthven Park:
    Inc. (Ruthven Park             Improving Ecological and Public
    National Historic Site)        Understanding and Enhancing
                                   Habitat Quality
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    Sydenham Conservation          Shallow Lake Wetland Species at Risk
    Foundation                     Survey and Significant Habitat Delineation
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    St. Clair Region               Sydenham River Habitat Stewardship Program
    Conservation Authority
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    St. Clair Region               St. Clair Region Reptiles at Risk
    Conservation Authority
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    Stanjikoming First Nation      Inventory and community awareness of
                                   Species at Risk - Small flowered
                                   Lipocarpha - Rainy Lake
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    Stewardship Kent               Lake Erie Sand Spit Collaborative
                                   Recovery - A Municipal/Provincial/Federal
                                   Partnership
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    St. Lawrence River Institute   The status and habitat preference of
    of Environmental Sciences      cutlip minnow in the St. Lawrence River
                                   (the Thousand Islands-Quebec Border)
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    St. Mary's Cement Inc.         St. Mary's Cement Brighton Species at
                                   Risk Phase III
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    Science North                  Species at Risk - Who are they and what
                                   can we do?
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    South Nation Conservation      SNC Turtle Watch: Protecting, Promoting,
    Authority                      and Enhancing Species at Risk Turtles and
                                   Their Habitat
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    Stewardship Oxford             Wright Family Tallgrass Prairie Habitat
                                   Restoration
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    Serpent River First Nation     Serpent River First Nation Species at Risk
                                   Inventory
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    Sciensational Sssnakes!!       Reptiles at Risk on the Road 2009
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    St. Williams Conservation      St. Williams Conservation Reserve Species
    Reserve Community Council      at Risk Initiative
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    Thunder Bay Field              Project Peregrine 2009
    Naturalists
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    Tallgrass Ontario              Volunteer Recruitment and Training for
                                   Tallgrass Prairie Ecosystem Recovery
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    The Ontario Aggregate          Pilot Grassland Restoration Project to
    Resources Corporation          Benefit Species at Risk
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    The Corporation of the         Species at Risk Outreach, Recovery and
    Township of Pelee              Monitoring Project on Pelee Island: Year 3
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    Toronto and Region             Jefferson Salamander at Oak Ridges
    Conservation Authority         Corridor Park East
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    Toronto and Region             Redside Dace Habitat and Outreach Project
    Conservation Authority
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    Toronto and Region             Species at Risk application for the East
    Conservation Authority         Duffins Headwaters Properties
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    Trent University               American badger public awareness,
                                   outreach, and monitoring program in
                                   Ontario
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    Toronto Zoo                    Great Lakes Outreach Program
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    Upper Lakes Environmental      The Corridors for Life project is focused
    Research Network               on helping restore habitat and populations
                                   under Great Lakes Power Lines
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    Upper Thames River             UTRCA Species at Risk Reptile
    Conservation Authority         Stewardship Program
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    Webequie First Nation          Lake Sturgeon TEK Workshops
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    Whitesand First Nation,        Wabakimi Trapper Diary Project: Phase II
    Eabametoong First Nation,
    Mishkeegogamang First Nation,
    Namaygoosisagugun and
    Slipperjack family
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    Walpole Island                 Bkejwanong Eco-Keepers youth species at
    Heritage Centre                risk stewardship group and Species at
                                   Risk Reptile Outreach and Recovery
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    Wikwemikong Lands              Species at Risk & Recovery for Wikwemikong
    Department
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    Wildlife Preservation Canada   Eastern Loggerhead Shrike Recovery
                                   Strategy Implementation in Ontario
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    Waterloo Stewardship Network   09-10 Guelph District Tallgrass
                                   Enhancement Species at Risk Project
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    York Environmental             Species at Risk Stewardship Ranger Team
    Stewardship
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    Wawakapewin First Nation       Wawakapewin Lake Sturgeon Movement and
                                   Population Assessment and Community
                                   Education
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    Jason Travers, Species At Risk,        ontario.ca/natural-resources-news
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