Ontario Continues Investing in Species at Risk Stewardship Program
Province Helping to Promote Conservation Efforts
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.
- 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.
“Ontario remains committed to protecting native species and fighting invasive species that threaten our province’s biodiversity. Through increased knowledge and awareness, we can all play a role in protecting Ontario’s natural spaces and the plants and animals that live in them.”
“We want to thank the Province of Ontario for their ongoing commitment to community stewardship programs like ours. The Species at Risk Stewardship Fund goes to support conservation work that is so important to Ontario’s biodiversity.”