August 20-27, 2007

Ottawa proposes 36 additions to list of species protected under SARA

OTTAWA, ONT-The federal government is proposing to add 36 animals, plants and fish to the list of species protected under the Species at Risk Act (SARA). The proposals to amend the list of protected species were published in the August 11, 2007 edition of the Canada Gazette, Part 1 (http://canadagazette.gc.ca/index-e.html). Comments may be submitted until September 10, 2007 to provide comments on the proposed additions. A final decision regarding the listing of these species will be made by January 26, 2008. The recommendation to add new species to the list of species at risk under SARA is based on scientific assessments by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC), an independent scientific body, and on consultations with governments, landowners, conservationists, Aboriginal peoples, stakeholders and the Canadian public. The recommended additions cover 30 terrestrial and 6 aquatic species, including birds, reptiles, arthropods, plants, mosses and lichens, fish, and mammals.

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