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$5 Million in funding announced for species at risk

Wednesday, March 05, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

MPP DAVID ORAZIETTI

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SAULT STE. MARIE - Today, David Orazietti MPP and Minister of Natural Resources announced funding of up to $5 million for 106 species at risk projects across Ontario.

The provincial government will work through partnerships with community members and organizations to protect the province’s most vulnerable species.

“Projects such as this help us appreciate the role that all species play in our province’s ecosystem and show us that we can work together to protect Ontario’s natural spaces and the plants and animals that live in them,” said Orazietti.  “Through these community efforts and government action, such as our recently introduced Invasive Species Act, we can safeguard our province’s biodiversity.”

With support from the Species at Risk Stewardship Fund, the following local projects will receive funding:

·$152,196 – Algoma Highlands Conservancy to evaluate threats and implement mitigation strategies to reduce Wood Turtle mortality in Northern Ontario

·$107,080 – For an assessment of juvenile and spawning Lake Sturgeon in the Garden River and Nipigon River

These projects are among 106 innovative species-at-risk projects across the province this year that will receive support from Ontario.

Now in its eighth year, the Species at Risk Stewardship Fund has helped restore over 24,000 hectares of important habitat, while also supporting over 2,100 jobs and an estimated 256,600 hours of volunteer work.

Since 2007, MNR has invested over $35 million in stewardship and recovery actions that protect and help recover Species at Risk.

Investing in projects that strengthen our communities and the environment is part of the provincial government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow.

The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario's greatest strengths — its people and strategic partnerships.

QUICK FACTS

·In 2014-15, the Species at Risk Stewardship Fund will provide up to $5 million to support 78 new projects and 28 ongoing multi-year projects.

·The fund is available to individuals and groups, including landowners and farmers, Aboriginal communities, academic institutions, industries, municipalities and conservation organizations.

·The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario recently recognized the province’s efforts to protect the habitat of endangered piping plovers, which have started nesting in Wasaga Beach Provincial Park  for the first time in seventy years.

·Ontario recently introduced legislation to fight invasive species that threaten our province’s biodiversity by disrupting food webs, degrading habitat and introducing parasites and disease.

·Volunteering for a local stewardship project that restores natural habitats is a great way to participate in conserving biodiversity and the Ontario Children’s Outdoor Charter.

·Ontario is home to over 30,000 species, with more than 200 currently considered at risk.

LEARN MORE

See the list of Species at Risk projects underway in your area.

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Javaman 3/5/2014 10:03:37 PM Report

Where does all this pre-election money come from?
eadiecougs 3/5/2014 11:52:06 PM Report

taxpayers Java who else
Dead End Kid 3/6/2014 12:06:49 AM Report

All this money going to proposed studies. Sounds kind of "fishy" to me.
irishfey 3/6/2014 6:32:00 AM Report

Has the MNR been doing anything for the Deers this winter ? This winter must have been very hard on them, and it"s still not over....
Montec 125 3/6/2014 8:11:00 AM Report

Species at risk?? The whitetail deer could certainly use some help. The extremes this winter, snow depth,cold temps. and lengthy duration will certain decimate the herd. I would gladly supply some tools,snowshoe trails to food sourse species, cut brush and cedar boughs to provide some calories for the deer and burn some of my own. The primary deer yard which is west of the Sault, (Base line, Town line, Pointe aux Pins, Pointe Louise, Pointe des Chesnes park north east to the Superior View Golf Course and the Airport area ) I believe is all private land and would create an issue. No MNR organizational help nor an OFAH in the Sault to provide volunteers. What to do?
sootodayreader 3/6/2014 9:00:00 AM Report

Liberals spending us into more debt. This guy needs to be ousted.
cjborg 3/6/2014 10:52:41 AM Report

Who would have thought a government so steeped in debt from colossal money mismanagement could "find" all this money .... just before another election is called..

Amazing.. "must be the winning with Wynne" formula at play again....
frnlak 3/6/2014 11:05:57 AM Report

How about adding the general public to the species at risk list David.
Nunavut 3/6/2014 11:36:20 AM Report

Exactly
The actual species at risk is the General Public getting to use Crown land the way we were promised and the way CANADIANS deserve to have access to.
rotciv 3/6/2014 1:40:21 PM Report

The MNR has invested . The MNR has invested tax payer dollars and not their dollars . Why don't they just say that hate that when they use those terms. They get paid by the taxpayers and act as if taxpayers dollars are their own to spend and then brag about it
girlygirl123 3/6/2014 1:46:59 PM Report

First of all our city must wake up . Investigate how many migrating birds are killed yearly by our so called wind farms, you would be surprised. Second many cities have passed the law about cutting down healthy trees on properties without any reason except racking leaves, the west end is notorious for it and soon becomes a concrete section of our city. No place for any habitat . For species you need to consider habitat first. Wake up harper government and city counsellors. How can you be proud of getting money for more gambling opportunity when you cut health care to next to nothing and tear down forest just to be called wind mill city. Are you serious where are the priorities?
girlygirl123 3/6/2014 1:48:51 PM Report

First of all our city must wake up . Investigate how many migrating birds are killed yearly by our so called wind farms, you would be surprised. Second many cities have passed the law about cutting down healthy trees on properties without any reason except racking leaves, the west end is notorious for it and soon becomes a concrete section of our city. No place for any habitat . For species you need to consider habitat first. Wake up harper government and city counsellors. How can you be proud of getting money for more gambling opportunity when you cut health care to next to nothing and tear down forest just to be called wind mill city. Are you serious where are the priorities?
Verbatim 3/6/2014 2:58:06 PM Report

funny how they are shelling out 5 million to investigate endangered species yet take away 2.2 million in funding to keep the train going and the protect the endangered businesses and why if the MNR is so concerned about endnagered species are they allowing the building of houses in a watershed area.

All this is is party bullshit trying to get in the pole position for elections. Im so tired of all this bullshit from the government. I cant wait till they have their meetings in the Sault so I can attend and ask the question that they dont want to answer just to show how backward ass these elected idiots really are
mallet 3/6/2014 3:41:27 PM Report


"Inovative" doesn't that mean someone has just thought up a way to spend someone elses money. How many woodland turtles have you stepped on?? don't think I have ever seen one, do they exist?? or are they a figment of someones imagination??
Stugatzu 3/6/2014 6:22:02 PM Report

Girlygirl -- I am unsure what you're referring to as far as tree cutting, but if you're talking about a tree on private property -- the owner of that property has every right to remove a tree they do not wish to have or maintain - whether you agree with it or not.

If its on public property, there is always a good reason if it's removed -- the tree is either dead and will cause issues in the future, its root system may be causing damage to underground services (cables, water/sewer/gas.. etc), it may be heaving the sidewalk or road, or, it may be hanging over on a private property and is removed for liability purposes.
frnlak 3/7/2014 11:17:56 AM Report

Don't get confused between Provincial and Federal issues. It seems obvious that a spring election is looming. Why else would this bare faced lying idiot puppet be throwing around our money? But too, I would also be interested in knowing how many birds, bats etc. meet their demise due to wind turbines.
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