Species at Risk
Many species of plants and animals are a risk in Ontario and Canada. There are five classifications for these species: special concern, threatened, endangered, extirpated and extinct. For many species listed as threatened and endangered, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has developed recovery strategies to help species recover or to mitigate further loss. They also want you to report any of these species that you've seen! The Ontario Government and other organizations have funding available that could help you protect species at risk on your property.
Species at Risk Stewardship Fund
The Species at Risk Stewardship Fund was created under the Endangered Species Act to encourage people to get involved in protecting and recovering species at risk through stewardship activities.
Species at Risk Farm Incentive Program
This program promotes the protection of species at risk and habitats on privately-owned Ontario farms.
Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk
This federal fund helps Aboriginal organizations and communities build capacity to enable them to participate actively in the conservation and recovery of species at risk.
Land Stewardship and Habitat Restoration Program
Organizations can get up to $20,000 in matching funds for projects that maintain or restore habitats that benefit fish, animals and/or plants.
Conservation Land Tax Incentive Program
If you are a property owner, you may qualify for a 100% property tax exemption for land with important natural heritage features.
Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk
This federal government program provides funding for projects that conserve and protect species at risk and their habitats.
Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program
If you are a property owner, you may qualify for tax relief if you agree to prepare and follow a Managed Forest Plan for your property.
There could be more funding options out there for you to use to protect species at risk. Search the internet and you may find something that suits your needs and situation. Thanks for helping to protect species at risk!