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Spoon-leaved Moss (Bryoandersonia Illecebra)


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Acknowledgement of Receipt of the

Draft National Recovery Strategy for the Spoon-leaved Moss

(December 2005)

by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

on behalf of the Province of Ontario

This draft National Recovery Strategy for the Spoon-leaved Moss has been prepared in cooperation with the members of the Spoon-leaved Moss Recovery Team, Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR). It represents advice to the OMNR on the recovery goals, approaches and objectives that are recommended to protect and recover the species. It does not necessarily represent the views of all individual members of the recovery team, or the official positions of the organizations with which the individual committee members are associated. The goals, objectives and recovery approaches identified in the strategy are based on the best existing knowledge and are subject to modifications resulting from new findings and revised objectives. Implementation of the plan is subject to appropriations, priorities, and budgetary constraints of the participating jurisdictions and organizations.

Received by:

- original signed by Cameron Mack

Cameron Mack

Director, Fish and Wildlife Branch
Natural Resource Management Division
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
On behalf of the Province of Ontario

Date:  February 20, 2006

Species at risk – act today so they have tomorrow

Declaration from Environment Canada

This proposed recovery strategy for the Spoon-leaved Moss has been adopted from the Province of Ontario by Environment Canada, as authorized under Section 44 of the Species at Risk Act. Environment Canada has reviewed and accepts this document as its recovery strategy for the Spoon-leaved Moss as required by the Species at Risk Act.

Success in the recovery of this species depends on the commitment and cooperation of many different constituencies that will be involved in implementing the directions set out in this strategy and will not be achieved by Environment Canada or any other jurisdiction alone. In the spirit of the Accord for the Protection of Species at Risk, the Minister of the Environment invites all Canadians to join Environment Canada in supporting and implementing this strategy for the benefit of the Spoon-leaved Moss and Canadian society as a whole. Environment Canada will endeavour to support implementation of this strategy, given available resourcesand varying species at risk conservation priorities. The Minister will report on progress within five years.

This strategy will be complemented by one or more action plans that will provide details on specific recovery measures to be taken to support conservation of the species. The Minister will take steps to ensure that, to the extent possible, Canadians directly affected by these measures will be consulted.



A strategic environmental assessment (SEA) is conducted on all SARA recovery planning documents, in accordance with the Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals.  The purpose of a SEA is to incorporate environmental considerations into the development of public policies, plans, and program proposals to support environmentally-sound decision making. 

Recovery planning is intended to benefit species at risk and biodiversity in general. However, it is recognized that strategies may also inadvertently lead to environmental effects beyond the intended benefits. The planning process based on national guidelines directly incorporates consideration of all environmental effects, with a particular focus on possible impacts on non-target species or habitats. The results of the SEA are incorporated directly in the strategy itself, but are also summarized below.

This Recovery Strategy will clearly benefit the environment by promoting the recovery of the Spoon-leaved Moss.  The potential for the Strategy to inadvertently lead to adverse effects on other species was considered.  The SEA concluded that this Strategy will clearly benefit the environment and will not entail any significant adverse effects.  Refer to the following sections of the document in particular: Description of the species’ needs – ecological role, biological needs, and limiting factors; Effects on other species; and Recommended approach for recovery.



SARA defines residence as: “a dwelling-place, such as a den, nest or other similar area or place, that is occupied or habitually occupied by one or more individuals during all or part of their life cycles, including breeding, rearing, staging, wintering, feeding or

hibernating[SARA S2(1)].

Residencedescriptions , or the rationale for why the residence concept does not apply to a given species, are posted on the SARA public registry: http://www.sararegistry.gc.ca/plans/residence_e.cfm

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