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Regional or Local Number: BPF-2015-19858

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 74 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. BPF-2015-19858 is issued.

Scientific research for the conservation of the species

A small portion of seeds will be collected from no more than ten Hill’s Thistle seed heads within the Bruce Peninsula National Park. The seeds will then be used for Hill’s Thistle in vitro germination in order to multiply the plants from existing populations. The main objectives of this project are to develop a protocol for in vitro propagation and long term conservation (cryopreservation) of Hill’s Thistle. This will allow for potential reintroduction of Hill's Thistle in their natural environment.

Start Date: 2015-07-20   End Date: 2017-08-30

Issuing Authority: Parks Canada Agency

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act
  • Canada National Parks Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • Ontario

Affected Species:

1. No reasonable alternatives exist. The only method to supply genetic materials/seedlings for potential restoration/reintroduction programs is collecting and preserving seeds in the field. An alternative activity could be to collect less seeds (or no seeds), however the benefits of seed collection of this rare species for cryobank preservation and seedling growth in vitro will greatly outweigh the costs of removing a lower number of seeds from the natural environment. 2. All feasible measures will be taken to minimize the impact to the species. Seeds will be collected by park staff who are knowledgeable about this species and the critical habitat. The staff will clean footwear with foot brushes before entering Hill’s thistle habitat to reduce the spread of invasive species. The collector will carefully remove no more than 1/8 of the seed head and transfer it to a paper bag for temporary storage and transfer. Portions of no more than ten seed heads will be collected. Every effort will be made to avoid trampling Hill’s thistle rosettes and the habitat (though this species tends to occur in disturbed areas), e.g., along trails and roads. 3. Collection of a small portion of seeds (1/8th of a seed head) from no more than ten seed heads of Hill’s thistle shall have no or only a negligible effect on the population of many hundred individuals. Less than 10% of the population will be affected, therefore this activity will not jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species. In this case, the benefits of preserving seeds and tissues in cryobanks to supply genetic materials/seedlings to potential restoration/reintroduction programs greatly outweigh the costs to the species.

Contact Person(s)
Parks Canada
Species Conservation and Management
Natural Resource Conservation
Parks Canada
30 Victoria Street 3rd floor
Gatineau, QC
J8X 0B3
Tel: 888-773-8888
Fax: 819-420-9273

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