Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: PPNP-2015-03

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. PPNP-2015-03 is issued.

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

Description:
Point Pelee National Park is re-paving and expanding the main road in the park and burying the power and communication utility conduits under the road. This will allow for the decommissioning and removal of the 6km aboveground power line corridor. Due to its close proximity to the road (~9m), one mature red mulberry tree may be impacted/harmed by this project and approximately 383m2 of critical habitat along the existing road will be destroyed as part of the initial phase of the project. Approximately 0.011km2 of critical habitat of eastern foxsnake and Blanding’s turtle, and 0.005km2 of critical habitat of five-lined skink will also be destroyed along the existing road. Up to 200 individual common hoptrees may be damaged during the road recapitalization project, which may harm/kill any hoptree borers using them and damage/destroy their residences.

Start Date: 2019-10-28   End Date: 2022-10-28

Issuing Authority: Parks Canada Agency

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • Ontario

Affected Species:

Pre-Conditions:
• Alternatives to the current proposed project have been considered, and given the determination that visitor safety and long-term ecological gains can be made through this project, it has been determined that the current project design will have the least negative impact on SAR. Alternatives to this project are to do nothing and to create the lay-bys using gravel or not having them at all. A paved lay-by increases public safety by allowing slower vehicles to pull over and allow other vehicles to pass. This will decrease overall vehicle speed thereby reducing wildlife mortality. Paved lay-bys will not attract turtles to nest on them. The possible risk to SAR during the construction of this project is outweighed by the benefits that will be gained with the completion of this project (increased visitor safety, reduced wildlife road mortality, and the increased habitat from the eventual utility corridor removal). • All applicable mitigations have been put in place to reduce the impacts on SAR including: the project design (such as the placement of the traffic lay-bys in areas that reduces the impact on critical habitat), the identification and protection of SAR plants that may be impacted by road construction, timing of excavation and vegetation removals (mid October to March 31), and planned daily surveillance of operations. • This project is not expected to jeopardize the survival or recovery of the 5 listed species. The road repairs, traffic calming changes to the road, and removal of 6km aboveground utility corridor will help prevent further loss/impacts on SAR individuals and their associated critical habitats. The road project will not impact Point Pelee National Park’s ability to achieve national and park-level population and distribution objectives for these SAR. For example, the critical habitat loss to the road construction project will not decrease the population of five-lined skinks whose nesting sites include the shoreline and interior savannah areas.

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
pca_sar.registrycomments@pc.gc.ca

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