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News Release

Government of Canada Investing in Community Action to Preserve Local Habitat and Species at Risk in New Brunswick

FREDERICTON, N.B. -- March 18, 2011 -- The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of National Revenue, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, on behalf of the Honourable Peter Kent,Minister of Environment, today announced funding from the Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk. In total, $750,683 in federal funding will support environmental action focusing on conservation and protection of species at risk and their habitats, helping to preserve Canada’s biodiversity.

“Habitat Stewardship Program project funding in New Brunswick will generate awareness of an array of important and at-risk or protected species across the province, such as the Harlequin Duck and the Piping Plover,” said Minister Ashfield. “This funding will also promote land conservation and foster community and citizen engagement in activities that protect land and marine species and their habitats.”

“These projects will help to protect Canada’s rich biodiversity for generations to come, said Minister Kent. “The Government of Canada is proud to support a Nature Trust of New Brunswick project through the Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk. Your actions, large or small, will help to protect the abundance and variety of life that is part of our natural heritage.”

Under the 2010 Habitat Stewardship Program, the Nature Trust of New Brunswick has received funding for its project, “Cobblestone Tiger Beetle Conservation and Permanent Protection”. This project will conserve habitat and promote land stewardship practices which contribute to the conservation and recovery of the Cobblestone Tiger Beetle and its habitat. The Nature Trust of New Brunswick will continue negotiations with previously contacted landowners to permanently protect Cobblestone Tiger Beetle habitat, cultivate new relationships with Cobblestone Tiger Beetle habitat landowners and promote formalizing commitments to conservation.

“The Habitat Stewardship Program is one, if not the only, program that enables non‑governmental conservation groups to secure and acquire habitat for species at risk,” said Don Dennison, President of the the Nature Trust of New Brunswick. “Habitat Stewardship Program funding is instrumental in enabling land trusts in Atlantic Canada to do the conservation work that is so necessary, and without this funding, important habitat would be lost through gradual attrition.”

The goal of the Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Riskis to contribute to the recovery and protection of species listed as endangered, threatened or of special concern under the Species at Risk Act.  

Projects across Canada that will receive funding this year include stewardship actions to conserve habitat for plant species at risk, negotiations with landowners to develop voluntary Land Care Agreements, targeted educational outreach to reduce species at risk entanglement in fishing gear, and enhancement of water quality and aquatic habitat on private lands to benefit aquatic species at risk. They will be undertaken with many partners such as agricultural producers, private landowners, and commercial fishers. These projects will benefit many species at risk, including the North Atlantic Right Whale, the Steller Sea Lion, the Swift Fox, and the Small White Leek.

The Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk is administered by Environment Canada and managed cooperatively with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Parks Canada Agency. More information on the Species at Risk Act and the Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk can be found on the Internet at: http://www.sararegistry.gc.ca/ or http://www.ec.gc.ca/hsp-pih/default.asp?lang=En&n=59BF488F-1.

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