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Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: SARA-PYR-2008-0080

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. SARA-PYR-2008-0080 is issued.

Scientific research for the conservation of the species

This project will establish small-scale experimental translocated populations of Castilleja levisecta, an endangered species listed under Schedule 1. The project involves seed collection at the donor site, propagation, establishing and treating experimental plots at translocation sites, monitoring, and possible exotic plant control. Seed collection is the only activity requiring a permit. This project is specifically designed to enhance the recovery of C. levisecta and to meet the recovery goals laid out in the Recovery Strategy for Multi-species at Risk in Maritime Meadows Associated with Garry Oak Ecosystems in Canada.

Start Date: 2008-09-01   End Date: 2008-09-30

Issuing Authority: Environment Canada

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • British Columbia

Affected Species:

Consistent with Section 73 (3) (a-c), the proponent has successfully demonstrated that all reasonable alternatives to the activity have been considered, all feasible measures will be taken to minimize the effect of the activity on the species, and the activity will not jeopardize its survival or recovery. Intervention and active management are required to meet the recovery strategy goals of establishing new populations of Castilleja levisecta, and translocation is the only means of addressing knowledge gaps about this species. There are three negative effects that seed collection might have on the population of C. levisecta: (1) introduction of pathogens and/or diseases, (2) depression of population viability and germination, and (3) physical compaction of plants and soil. Precautions to be taken to minimize negative effects on the population are as follows: (1) Capsules will not be collected from the ground since they are more susceptible to contamination from pathogens. To prevent introducing new weeds or pathogens or diseases to the area, all clothing, gear, and tools will be visually inspected to ensure they are free of other seeds and soil. If secateurs are used to collect capsules, they will first be sterilized with a 10% bleach solution. (2) To minimize viability and germination depression of donor plants, no more than one or two seed capsules per plant will be collected. (3) Seed collection will be carried out in a few hours by one or two people, soil and plant compaction will be negligible. It is expected that the proposed translocation project will not undermine the conservation and protection of extant sites of C. levisecta, and will enhance the status of the Canadian population as a whole.

Contact Person(s)
Permit Section
Canadian Wildlife Service
Delta, British Columbia
Phone: (604) 940-4650
Fax: (604) 946-7022
E-mail: sarapermitting.pyr@ec.gc.ca