OTTAWA, Dec. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of
the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development
Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, announced today that the
Government of Canada published an Emergency Order to protect the
Greater Sage-Grouse under the Species at Risk Act. The intention to go forward with an emergency order was announced on
September 17, 2013. The Emergency Order will come into force on
February 18, 2014.
"Our Government is committed to protecting and preserving our rich
biodiversity," said Minister Aglukkaq. "Our goal with this Emergency
Order is to achieve the best protection for the Sage-Grouse while
minimizing impacts on landowners and agricultural producers."
The Emergency Order addresses imminent threats to the survival and
recovery of the Sage-Grouse by protecting important habitat for this
species on provincial and federal crown lands in Alberta and
Saskatchewan. The Order will also introduce restrictions on activities
on these lands that impact Sage-Grouse populations. The Order does not
apply on private lands. The Order does not limit grazing on federal or
provincial crown lands. The Order, along with important voluntary
stewardship measures, is anticipated to help stabilize the Sage-Grouse
population and begin its recovery.
The Greater Sage-Grouse, an endangered bird under the federal Species at Risk Act, is one of the many species that depends on the unique prairie
ecosystem of southeastern Alberta and southwestern Saskatchewan. In
2012, there were estimated to be between 93-138 adult birds in Canada.
The Government of Canada will continue to work cooperatively with
provincial governments, industry, landowners and others to protect
Greater Sage-Grouse habitat by implementing voluntary stewardship
measures that complement the Emergency Order. Already, more than $1
million in funding over the next three years has been committed for
projects to protect Sage-Grouse and other species at risk in Alberta
and Saskatchewan. Additional funding will be available under the
Habitat Stewardship Program to support landowners and other
stakeholders in protecting Sage-Grouse.
An Emergency Order under Section 80 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA) can be used when a species faces imminent threats to its
survival, and current protection measures are deemed inadequate. This
is the first time since the Act's inception that this mechanism is
For more information, please see the Questions and Answers on the
Emergency Order and Order Summary that are available on the Species at Risk Public Registry.
SOURCE: Environment Canada
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