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Recovery Strategy for the Margined Streamside Moss (Scouleria marginata) in Canada [Proposed] 2008


Species at Risk Act Recovery Strategy Series

Adopted under Section 44 of SARA

Recovery Strategy for the Margined Streamside Moss (Scouleria marginata) in Canada

image of the Margined Streamside Moss © Sona Ellis


About the Species at Risk Act Recovery Strategy Series

What is the Species at Risk Act (SARA)? 

SARA is the Act developed by the federal government as a key contribution to the common national effort to protect and conserve species at risk in Canada. SARA came into force in 2003, and one of its purposes is “to provide for the recovery of wildlife species that are extirpated, endangered or threatened as a result of human activity.”

What is recovery?

In the context of species at risk conservation, recovery is the process by which the decline of an endangered, threatened, or extirpated species is arrested or reversed, and threats are removed or reduced to improve the likelihood of the species’ persistence in the wild. A species will be considered recovered when its long-term persistence in the wild has been secured.

What is a recovery strategy?

A recovery strategy is a planning document that identifies what needs to be done to arrest or reverse the decline of a species. It sets goals and objectives and identifies the main areas of activities to be undertaken. Detailed planning is done at the action plan stage.

Recovery strategy development is a commitment of all provinces and territories and of three federal agencies -- Environment Canada, Parks Canada Agency, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada -- under the Accord for the Protection of Species at Risk.  Sections 37–46 of SARA (www.sararegistry.gc.ca/the_act/default_e.cfm)outline both the required content and the process for developing recovery strategies published in this series.

Depending on the status of the species and when it was assessed, a recovery strategy has to be developed within one to two years after the species is added to the List of Wildlife Species at Risk. A period of three to four years is allowed for those species that were automatically listed when SARA came into force.

What’s next?

In most cases, one or more action plans will be developed to define and guide implementation of the recovery strategy. Nevertheless, directions set in the recovery strategy are sufficient to begin involving communities, land users, and conservationists in recovery implementation. Cost-effective measures to prevent the reduction or loss of the species should not be postponed for lack of full scientific certainty.

The series

This series presents the recovery strategies prepared or adopted by the federal government under SARA. New documents will be added regularly as species get listed and as strategies are updated.

To learn more 

To learn more about SARA and recovery initiatives, please consult the SARA Public Registry (www.sararegistry.gc.ca/) and the Web site of the Recovery Secretariat    (www.speciesatrisk.gc.ca/recovery/default_e.cfm).

Under the Accord for the Protection of Species at Risk (1996), the federal, provincial, and territorial governments agreed to work together on legislation, programs, and policies to protect wildlife species at risk throughout Canada.

In the spirit of cooperation of the Accord, the Government of British Columbia has given permission to the Government of Canada to adopt the Recovery Strategy for the Margined Streamside Moss (Scouleria marginata Britt) in British Columbia (Appendix 1) under Section 44 of the Species at Risk Act. Environment Canada has included an addition which completes SARA requirements for this recovery strategy, and excludes the section on Socio-Economic Considerations which is not required by the Act.

Following this 60-day comment period and subsequent final posting of this document, and until the federal Minister of Environment determines otherwise or the British Columbia Ministry of Environment formally amends the document, this recovery strategy is the recovery strategy of the Minister of the Environment of Canada for this species.


This recovery strategy for the margined streamside moss in Canada consists of the

  • Addition to the Recovery Strategy for the Margined Streamside Moss (Scouleria marginata Britt) in British Columbia prepared by Environment Canada.
  • Recovery Strategy for the Margined Streamside Moss (Scouleria marginata Britt) in British Columbia prepared by the British Columbia Bryophyte Recovery Team for the B.C. Ministry of Environment.

Recommended citation:

Environment Canada. 2008. Recovery Strategy for the Margined Streamside Moss (Scouleria marginata) in Canada [Proposed]. Species at Risk Act Recovery Strategy Series. Environment Canada, Ottawa. 4 p. + Appendix.

Additional copies:

Additional copies can be downloaded from the SARA Public Registry (www.sararegistry.gc.ca/).

Cover illustration: Shona Ellis/UBC

Également disponible en français sous le titre

« Programme de rétablissement de la scoulérie à feuilles marginées (Scouleria marginata) au Canada [Proposition] »

© Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, represented by the Minister of the Environment, 2008. All rights reserved.


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