Recovery Strategy for the Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia humifusa) in Canada
- Recommendation and Approval Statement
- Recovery Team
- Strategic Environmental Assessment Statement
- Executive Summary
- Recovery Feasibility Summary
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- 1. COSEWIC Species Assessment Information
- 2. Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus Status Information
- 3. Description of the Species and its Needs
- 4. Threat Identification
- 5. Population and Distribution
- 6. Additional Information Requirements
- 7. Broad Strategies and Approaches to Recovery
- 8. Critical Habitat Identification
- 9. Activities Likely to Result in the Destruction of Critical Habitat
- 10. Habitat Conservation
- 11. Measuring Progress
- 12. Statement on Action Plans
- 13. References
- Appendix 1: Effects on the Environment and Other Species
12. Statement on Action Plans
One or more action plans identifying specific actions in relation to this strategy will be completed within five years of the final posting of this recovery strategy.
|Broad Approach||Goal for Recovery||Threats Addressed||Performance Measures|
|Manage critical habitat to maintain suitability||Protect Critical Habitat Effectively||Loss and degradation of suitable habitat|
Within 180 days after critical habitat is identified in the final Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus Recovery Strategy posted on the Species at Risk Public Registry:
Activities likely to destroy the proposed critical habitat have been effectively managed. Mitigation efforts have been undertaken within five years of final posting of the recovery strategy in Point Pelee National Park.
Operational guidelines for use of motorized vehicles (BMPs) are established to avoid damage to critical habitat.
Requirements to mitigate vegetation succession and suppression of natural disturbance regimes have been identified within three years of posting of the recovery strategy.
|Identify habitat for restoration||Find and identify areas for restoration||Suitable habitat is fragile, dynamic, and temporary||All potential habitat areas for restoration in Point Pelee National Park have been identified within five years of posting of the recovery strategy.|
|Monitor populations and habitats||Determine population trends||All||Monitoring has been carried out every two years and demonstrates the number of microsites at the two protected areas have been maintained over the five year period after posting; the number of microsites has increased by 5% within 10 years of posting in Point Pelee National Park.|
|Minimize collection and other human disturbances||Small population size and low recruitment rates||Collection|
Monitoring shows no evidence of collection.
Where evidence of collection has been observed, enhanced protection measures are designed and implemented.
|Assess feasibility of restoration||Small population size and low recruitment rates||Catastrophic stochastic events leading to loss|
Genetic studies on all populations are completed within two years of the final posting of the recovery strategy.
Feasibility studies of restoration are completed within five years of the posting of the final recovery strategy.
Address major knowledge gaps
|Determine the significance of threats|
Clarify origins of all populations
|All||Progress has been made to acquire the information needed as outlined in the Additional Information Requirements section.|
|Protect and restore genetic integrity||Small population size and low recruitment rates||Loss of genetic integrity||If warranted, based on the feasibility assessments, restoration plans have been completed for both native sites, with restoration underway at one native site within 10 years of posting of the final recovery strategy.|
|Establish Gene Bank||Provide access to additional genetic material if needed||Small population size and low recruitment rates leading to loss||A protocol has been established for development and management of a secure, off-site gene bank with collection initiated at Fish Point Provincial Nature Reserve and Point Pelee National Park within 10 years of final posting of the recovery strategy.|
|Build community support for recovery at the ecosystem level||Engage target audiences to assist in recovery||All||Develop and implement a communication plan targeted at the local communities and First Nations so as to ensure support for recovery efforts at the ecosystem level within five years of posting of the final recovery strategy.|
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