June 25, 2012
PROVINCE ANNOUNCES TWENTY-SEVEN NEW SPECIES WOULD BE PROTECTED BY PROPOSED LEGISLATION– – –
Habitat Protection Essential to Population Recovery: Mackintosh
The province is developing a new strategy to better protect species at risk that will include new funding for population recovery projects and developing new habitat protection legislation, Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh announced today.
“The loss of even one species reduces the diversity of our ecosystems and diminishes the health of our environment and our province,” said Mackintosh. “I want to work with our conservation partners to protect species at risk and ensure they are still here for future generations.”
The strategy is part of TomorrowNOW, the province’s eight-year green plan for protecting the environment while ensuring a prosperous and environmentally conscious economy. It includes:
Twenty-seven species would be declared as extirpated, endangered or threatenedunder Manitoba’s Endangered Species Act, Mackintosh said. This includes one mammal, 13 birds, one lizard, six moths, one butterfly, one snake, one mussel and three plants.
The poweshiek skipperling, a small brown butterfly, is found only in the native tall-grass prairie of southeast Manitoba, making this one of the last remaining populations in the world, the minister said, adding this butterfly is now on the endangered list.
The trumpeter swan was previously listed as extirpated, but is being upgraded to endangered due to the return of a small but recovering breeding population documented in Manitoba since 2002. There are at least four Manitoba breeding locations observed each year.
The legislation would make it unlawful to:
This legislation would not affect treaty or Aboriginal rights.
The minister noted the eight projects receiving funding through Manitoba’s Endangered Species and Biodiversity Fund this year include:
“Our government is pleased to support these non-profit organizations in their mission to collect and share information on species at risk in Manitoba,” said Mackintosh. “The inventory and monitoring data they provide will be used to assess and report on the status of wild animals and plants of concern, helping us better protect these species in the years ahead.”
Annual funding application deadlines are in June and September. The maximum funding per application is $25,000. For more information on species at risk in Manitoba, visit: www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/wildlife/sar/. For more information on TomorrowNow visit: www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/tomorrownowgreenplan/.
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