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Regional or Local Number: PP-2018-30397

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 74 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. PP-2018-30397 is issued.

Scientific research for the conservation of the species

The activity involves sampling the upper part of the stems of 20 American Water Willow plants for genetic testing to determine the variability in the known Canadian populations. This genetic study is part of a larger project to explore translocation as a conservation and recovery action for the species.

Start Date: 2018-10-10   End Date: 2019-10-26

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:

Alternatives: This project addresses objectives set out in the Recovery Strategy for American Water Willow in Canada to fill identified knowledge gaps. There is currently no alternative technique to acquire the genetic samples which would cause less impact. Using less samples/replicants was considered, and the minimal number needed for the project was determined. The research design chosen minimises risk to the individual plants and to the park population of American Water Willow while maximizing knowledge gained to improve on recovery actions for the future. Mitigations: Collection of stem samples will be conducted in October as the above ground herbaceous parts of the plant are about to senesce and die back naturally for the winter, therefore the plants are not killed and are not impacted significantly by the sampling. Sampling by boat instead of by foot will ensure that plants are not trampled, roots are not disrupted and no alteration of their habitat will take place. Only 20 plants will be sampled in a population estimated at over 30,000 stems (2007). Jeopardy to Survival or Recovery: The population and distribution objectives in both the recovery strategy and Point Pelee National Park’s multi-species action plan for American Water Willow are: 1. to maintain (and if possible increase) the current number of individuals, 2. to maintain the number of locations (10) and 3. To prevent the decline in the quality of habitat. This genetic study is part of a larger project to explore translocation as a conservation and recovery action for the species. The sampling timing and methods are such that individuals will not be killed and the habitat will not be disrupted, therefore the activity will not jeopardize the survival or recovery of 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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