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Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: SARA-OR-2008-0088

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. SARA-OR-2008-0088 is issued.

Scientific research for the conservation of the species

The project is directed toward the study of hybridization as a threat to endangered species. Hybridization of Small White Lady's Slipper with Yellow Lady's Slipper occurs wherever the two species range overlaps. The WIFN population contains the largest known populations in Canada, therefore, plant monitoring and sampling is critical to understanding the genetic health of Small White Lady's Slipper elsewhere in Canada. A small portion of one leaf will be collected from 250 individual plants. These samples will be utilized to determine DNA structure. Morphological features will be measured in plants in situ -- this includes monitoring pollen removal, fruit set and seed production. There is no requirement to remove, take or kill plants.

Start Date: 2008-05-14   End Date: 2008-12-31

Issuing Authority: Environment Canada

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • Ontario

Affected Species:

The collection of small samples of leaf material will not affect the health of the sampled plant. The collection and molecular study of these samples will provide critical information on the population genetics of the species. The results of the research will form the basis for determining appropriate population management measures as well as identifying priority areas for conservation management. There are no other means of obtaining this type of information. The survey methods to be implemented are non-invasive. No habitat will be damaged or destroyed. Additional threats will not be introduced.

Contact Person(s)
Canadian Wildlife Service
Burlington, Ontario
Phone: (905) 336-4464
Fax: (905) 336-4587
E-mail: wildlife.ontario@ec.gc.ca