Species at Risk public Advisory Committee members selected
McGuinty Government Appoints Public Committee To Advise On Protection Of Species At Risk
The McGuinty government has appointed a provincial committee to provide advice on protecting species at risk.
The committee includes top experts in resource use, land use or environmental sectors, who are not part of the Ontario public sector and who have a good knowledge of species at risk protection and recovery.
The Species at Risk Program Advisory Committee is one of two provincial committees established under Ontario's new Endangered Species Act to provide expertise and advice on the protection and recovery of species at risk and implementation of the new act. The other is the Committee on the Status of Species at Risk in Ontario, which is responsible for assessing and classifying the status of species that may be at risk, based on the best available scientific information available.
- Ontario is home to more than 30,000 species, of which more than 180 are currently identified as being at risk.
- Ontario's new Endangered Species Act took effect on June 30, 2008, making the province a North American leader in species at risk protection and recovery.
“I look forward to working with the advisory committee on ensuring that we protect and develop recovery plans for our species at risk. Conserving our province's rich biodiversity is a priority for the government, and the members of this committee will help ensure we do it right.”