Ontario is working with community members and organizations to protect our province's most vulnerable species by continuing to invest in the Species at Risk Stewardship Program.
Through the Program, $5 million is being invested this year in support of 100 innovative projects to promote conservation, stewardship and preservation of biodiversity. Some of the projects include:
• Engaging community members and volunteers to protect endangered piping plovers on beaches of the Great Lakes
• Researching the potential use of artificial habitat for bank swallows
• Helping the Sault Naturalists engage and mentor future conservationists through a project training college and secondary students to explain and promote conservation efforts
• Evaluation and mitigation of carry over effects of white-nose syndrome on bats
• Supporting the collection of Aboriginal Tradition Knowledge for wolverine, lake sturgeon and caribou
Promoting conservation and protecting biodiversity is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.Quick Facts
• In 2015, the Species at Risk Stewardship Program will support 41 new stewardship projects, 40 ongoing multi-year projects, and 19 new research projects.
• Over the past nine years, 821 projects have helped protect and recover over 100 different species at risk, including Blanding’s turtle, lake sturgeon, American chestnut and eastern hog-nosed snake.
• Since 2006, the Species at Risk Stewardship Fund has helped restore over 25,000 hectares of habitat, created 2,200 jobs and provided approximately 25,600 volunteer hours for Ontarians.
• The fund is available to individuals and groups, including landowners and farmers, Aboriginal communities, academic institutions, industries, municipalities and conservation organizations.
• Ontario is home to over 30,000 species, with more than 200 currently considered at risk.
Information and photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry