Protecting Species at Risk and their Habitats Across Ontario

    McGuinty Government Invests $5 Million in Local Stewardship Projects

    TORONTO, June 3 /CNW/ -


    Ontario is investing more than $5 million this year in volunteer
stewardship projects across the province that will help protect and recover
species at risk and their habitats.
    The projects are part of the province's $18-million, four-year Species at
Risk Stewardship Fund

    Projects will achieve at least one of the following:
    -   Improve the status of species at risk
        ( and their habitats
        through stewardship and recovery activities
    -   Encourage involvement in stewardship activities
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    -   Educate landowners or groups about stewardship.

    The projects will be led by landowners, First Nations, academic
institutions, industries, municipalities, conservation organizations and
others. The fund is part of the government's stewardship-first approach to
species protection.


    "The many volunteers across the province who are undertaking projects
through the stewardship fund are to be commended for their leadership and
initiative," said Natural Resources Minister Donna Cansfield
( "We must each
do our part to protect and recover Ontario's most vulnerable species and their
habitats, ensuring they can be enjoyed today and by future generations."


    -   In 2007-2008, the Species at Risk Stewardship Fund allocated
        $3 million to support 85 projects focusing on outreach, recovery, and
        inventory and monitoring surveys.
    -   This year more than 100 projects received funding through the Species
        at Risk Stewardship Fund.
    -   Ontario is home to more than 30,000 species. At present, more than
        180 of these species are identified as being at risk.
    -   Once on the brink of extinction, largely due to the widespread use of
        pesticides such as DDT in the 1960s and 1970s, the peregrine falcon
        is making a comeback after 25 years of protection and recovery
        efforts on the part of the Ontario government and many partners.
        There are now more than 70 known pairs of peregrine falcons nesting
        in Ontario.


    -   Learn more about how you can
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                       FOR SPECIES AT RISK PROTECTION
                                                                June 3, 2008

    Ten volunteer projects in the Greater Toronto Area and Golden Horseshoe
area will receive close to $275,000 from the provincial Species at Risk
Stewardship Fund this year to help protect and recover species at risk.

    Conservation Halton - $17,840 to enhance the governance and overall
    management of conservation areas in the Halton area, including updating
    the biological inventories that support species at risk protection
    Contact: Brenda Axon, 905-336-1158, ext. 222

    Conservation Halton Foundation - $43,720 to support a project that will
    raise awareness of Ontario's at-risk raptors such as bald eagles, barn
    owls and peregrine falcons by providing a unique learning opportunity
    with live birds. The project will reach 500,000 Halton-area residents,
    students and park visitors.
    Contact: Brian Hobbs, 905-336-1158, Ext. 255

    Credit River Anglers Association - $25,000 to support the improvement of
    habitats for threatened and endangered species within the Credit River
    watershed with an emphasis on Atlantic salmon and redside dace habitats.
    Contact: John Kendell, 905-814-5794

    Durham Land Stewardship Council - $20,510 to support a project that will
    use digital mapping technology to raise awareness of species at risk and
    rare plant species in the Greater Toronto Area. The council is working
    with a variety of other government, conservation and resource management
    agencies, community groups, naturalists and land managers.
    Contact: Kate Potter, 905-579-0411, Ext 106

    Durham Land Stewardship Council - $40,405 to engage individuals and
    communities in the stewardship and recovery of a variety of turtle
    species, including Common Musk, Blanding's and Northern Map.
    Contact: Kate Potter, 905-579-0411, Ext 106

    Halton-Peel Woodlands & Wildlife Stewardship Council - $2,000 to support
    the improvement of redside dace habitat by planting native shrubs along
    Fletchers Creek in the City of Brampton, and to raise public awareness
    about this species, its habitat requirements and the council's recovery
    Contact: Bob Baker, 905-877-9390

    Halton-Peel Woodlands & Wildlife Stewardship Council - $25,000 to support
    the recovery of Henslow's sparrow by establishing tall grass prairie
    habitat on retired agricultural lands within Bronte Creek Provincial
    Contact: Bob Baker, 905-877-9390

    Ontario Streams - $30,000 to support the rehabilitation of existing
    redside dace habitat in local streams for the purpose of conserving
    existing populations and to promote greater awareness about this at-risk
    Contact: Siobhan Neil, 905-713-7399

    Toronto Zoo - $26,260 to support visits to 600 classrooms in southern
    Ontario with an interactive outreach program that teaches students about
    four local at-risk fish species found in the Great Lakes basin. The
    program aims to inspire students to take an interest in nature and take
    action to conserve species at risk.
    Contact: Cynthia Lee, 416-392-5969

    Forest Gene Conservation Association - $46,220 to support activities
    aimed at increasing butternut tree, Queen snake and ginseng recovery
    through public education, inventory and assessment activities.
    Contact: Ed Patchell, 613-258-0110

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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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