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Recovery Strategy for the Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia humifusa) in Canada

Preface

This recovery strategy addresses the recovery of the Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus. In Canada, native populations are only known to occur at two locations in southwestern Ontario - Point Pelee National Park and Fish Point Provincial Nature Reserve.

Parks Canada led the preparation of this recovery strategy in cooperation with the Ontario provincial government and Environment Canada. All responsible jurisdictions reviewed and supported posting of the strategy. The proposed strategy meets SARA requirements in terms of content and processes (Sections 39-41).

The proposed recovery strategy for the Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus in Canada was adapted from a more comprehensive draft document, prepared by the Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus - Lake Erie Sand Spit Savannas Recovery Team, describing a strategy for protecting and recovering Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus, the Lake Erie Sand Spit Savannas and other species found within that ecosystem in Canada (Dougan & Associates and McKay 2009.). Additional scientific and technical details, as well as detailed references, can be found in either that supporting document, or in the most recent status report for the Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus.