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Recovery Strategy for Forked Three-awned Grass (Aristida basiramea) in Canada

Appendix 1: Actions already completed or underway

  • 2001
  • Ontario sites surveyed and documented by Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR)
  • 2002
  • Status report compiled for the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) recommended Endangered
  • Species designated Endangered by COSEWIC, November 2002
  • Conservation easement put in place for part of Anten Mills population
  • 2003
  • Cazaville site surveyed and documented for Québec Ministry of Environment
  • A. basiramea added to the Species at Risk in Ontario (SARO) List as Endangered
  • 2004
  • Report on status of the species in Québec compiled for Québec Ministry of Environment; S1 ranking recommended
  • The species recommended for listing as menacée (highest status) by Québec Advisory Committee on Endangered Flora
  • 2005
  • Aristida basiramea listed “Endangered” in Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA) (January 12th)
  • Christian Island population reexamined by Environment Canada (EC), OMNR, and Beausoleil First Nation (BFN); additional subpopulations noted in proximity to former ball diamond population
  • Environment Canada began working with Beausoleil First Nation to address concerns regarding Aristida basiramea and its occurrence on or adjacent to culturally significant sites.
  • BFN Band Council resolution designated two band-owned Aristida sites for conservation
  • Draft Federal Recovery Strategy prepared
  • Consultation with Anten Mills site owners and one Macey Lake owner in preparation for regulation of the species as Endangered in Ontario
  • Discussions in progress for zonation of Beausoleil Island population within Georgian Bay Island National Park
  • Christian Island habitat documented and surveyed for further subpopulations. Vegetation community type, extent, quality also mapped (September 2005)
  • Vegetation community documented at Beausoleil Island site; monitoring of populations begun (October 2005)
  • Consultation begun with Beausoleil First Nation (October 2005)
  • 2006
  • Habitat Stewardship Program funded project to begin the protection of the Cazaville population
  • Anten Mills landowners contacted in preparation for regulation of the species as Endangered in Ontario
  • Beausoleil First Nation enacts Band Council Resolution approving Forked Three-awned Grass Recovery Strategy.