OTTAWA, Dec. 5, 2015 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, issued the following statement about the Western Chorus Frog:
"Based on the best available information, including the most recent science, I have determined that the Western Chorus Frog (Great Lakes / St. Lawrence – Canadian Shield population) in the Bois de la Commune, La Prairie, Quebec, is facing an imminent threat to its recovery. I am now required by law to recommend to the Governor in Council an emergency protection order for this species and its habitat.
"My department will engage in the coming weeks with affected parties to gather information. This information will be considered to determine the scope of the recommended emergency order and the prohibited activities that could be part of it. The information sought will include the identification of possible appropriate conservation actions and related socio-economic considerations.
"We will also collaborate with stakeholders to implement the recovery strategy published on December 1st, 2015."
SOURCE Environment and Climate Change Canada
For further information: Caitlin Workman, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, 819-938-9436; Media Relations, Environment and Climate Change Canada, 819-934-8008