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Regional or Local Number: FRH-2016-21599-SARA

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 74 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. FRH-2016-21599-SARA is issued.

Activity necessary or beneficial to the species

Parks Canada will collect seeds or other propagules, grow plants in a nursery, prepare and maintain translocation sites and out-plant the resulting stock to suitable sites at Gulf Islands National Park Reserve and or Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site to increase populations of a number of species at risk in coastal sand dune and Garry Oak ecosystems, as per the recovery strategies for the species.

Start Date: 2016-06-01   End Date: 2019-04-01

Issuing Authority: Parks Canada Agency

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act
  • Canada National Parks Act
  • Other Act of Parliament

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • British Columbia

Affected Species:

a) All reasonable alternatives to the activity that would reduce the impact on the species have been considered and the best solution has been adopted: This activity is required to enhance the populations as per the recovery strategies and there are no alternatives to the activity. b) All feasible measures will be taken to minimize the impact of the activity on the species or its critical habitat or the residences of its individuals: The methods to collect and propagate these plants include mitigations and are the best methods available. The mitigations to minimize impacts to the species at risk include: 1) sourcing the parent material from existing ex-situ propagation stock (e.g.,: local nurseries or botanical collections) or the nearest robust wild population - by following ethical seed collection guidelines it is expected that no new effects or impacts to existing wild populations will occur, and 2) taking phyto-sanitary precautions (e.g., carefully inspecting and treating nursery materials for exotic species) to minimise harm to native plants by translocation activities through the introduction of new exotic invasive plants or pathogens. In addition, staff will be trained in proper procedures prior to handling or working around species at risk, expert advice will be utilised through all aspects of this project, and careful observation will indicate whether management activities are having a positive or negative impact. c) The activity will not jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species: This project addresses the species threats outlined in the recovery strategies and is believed necessary to secure the persistence of these species in Canada. While there is a potential for a temporary decline in reproductive output of wild populations or damage from trampling these threats have been addressed by the above mitigations and no remaining negative population level effect is expected. It is highly unlikely that this activity will jeopardize survival or recovery of the species.

Contact Person(s)
Mr. Brian Reader
Species at Risk Ecologist
Parks Canada
711 Broughton Street, 2nd Floor
Victoria, BC
V8W 1E2
Tel: 250-363-8560
Fax: 250-363-8552

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