Nine Species Added Under the Province’s Endangered Species Act
Written by Administrator on April 29, 2015
In an effort to conserve and protect rare plants and animals, the Honourable Dan Crummell, Minister of Environment and Conservation, today announced that the Provincial Government has added nine species under the Endangered Species Act and designated them as either Endangered, Threatened or Vulnerable.
“By listing these species, we are acting to ensure the protection of rare species in the province and to conserve biodiversity for the benefit of current and future generations.”
As noted below, two bird species and six plants species have been added to the list following assessments by the provincial Species Status Advisory Committee (SSAC). In addition, one lichen has been added based on an assessment by the national Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC).
Listed as Endangered
Species listed as Endangered face imminent extirpation or extinction:
- Gmelin’s Watercrowfoot (Ranunculus gmelinii)
- Griscom’s Arnica (Arnica griscomii subsp. griscomii)
- Wooly Arnica (Arnica angustifolia subsp. tomentosa)
Listed as Threatened
Species listed as Threatened are likely to become Endangered if nothing is done to reverse the factors limiting their survival:
- The Newfoundland Gray-cheeked Thrush (Catharus minimus minimus),
- Sharpleaf Aster (Oclemena acuminata)
- Tradescant’s Aster (Symphyotrichum tradescantii)
Listed as Vulnerable
Vulnerable species are those considered to be to be particularly sensitive to human activities or natural events:
- Blue Felt Lichen (Degelia plumbea),
- Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)
- Water Pygmyweed (Tillaea aquatica)
The provincial SSAC is made up of species experts and those with local or traditional knowledge. COSEWIC is comprised of species experts, traditional knowledge experts and federal, provincial and territorial government representations.