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Regional or Local Number: TSW-2019-03

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. TSW-2019-03 is issued.

Activity affecting the species is incidental to the carrying out of the activity

This project involves the demolition and re-construction of dam #38 along the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site. Activities include clearing for the laydown area and the access road, access to riparian zones immediately upstream and downstream of the dam. The land will be cleared and used for one to two seasons. This project will incidentally harm individuals of Eastern Whip-poor-will through temporary habitat destruction, incidentally destroy bat roosts (residences) and incidentally harm or kill Butternut individuals.

Start Date: 2019-02-18   End Date: 2021-03-31

Issuing Authority: Parks Canada Agency

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • Ontario

Affected Species:

Alternatives: Although the proposed project will result in the destruction of critical habitat, there are no reasonable alternatives. The dam is in disrepair and must be rebuilt for public safety reasons. The option of using barges for construction or other staging areas were not feasible due to higher costs, impacts on other resources and logistical and operational conflicts with the Waterway. Mitigations: • avoiding clearing the area during the breeding bird and bat season; • protecting the soils in the area from compaction to speed up restoration after the project has ended; • The soils will be un-compacted once the project is finished; • Trees will be replanted to hasten the recovery of the site; • Bat boxes will be installed around the PCA property during and after construction to provide daytime roosts for Little Brown and Northen Long-eared bats. Jeopardy to survival or recovery: The small size of the cleared area (3800m²) relative to available forested habitats (<0.01%) and the fact that Whip-poor-will have not been detected at the site leads to the conclusion that the activity will not jeopardize the survival or recovery of any of the three species. The removal and relocation of the Butternut trees also will not jeopardize survival or recovery of the species. The prevalence of seedling and saplings on the site indicate a likelihood trees will continue to germinate there after construction, as the parent tree is still located on private property nearby. The loss of potential roosting trees should not impact survival or recovery of the bats as there are many other roosting trees in the area, bat houses are being installed, and none of the work will be done during the roosting season.

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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