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Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: PRN-2008-1588

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 74 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. PRN-2008-1588 is issued.

Scientific research for the conservation of the species

Pink Sand-verbana was historically known from 3 locations in Canada (Fairbarns et al. 2007). At Clo-oose Bay in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, the species was last observed in 2001. At the other two sites, the species has not been seen in decades. Although some seeds may still occur at Clo-oose Bay, no plants have germinated since 2001 so the species is now apparently extirpated from the country. In 2001, some seeds were collected at the site, and this seed stock has since been used to generate seedlings for translocating back to the site. This translocation project has 3 main components: 1) the site is currently covered with too many beach logs, so will be restored so that sufficient space is available for plant translocation (logs will be chainsawed and removed); 2) Pink Sand-verbena seedlings (from local seed stock) will be translocated from the Canadian Forest Service in Victoria to the site and planted 3) seeds of Pink Sand-verbena, collected from nursery-grown plants derived from local seed stock will be sown into separate study plots; 4) seedlings of Yellow Sand-verbena (from local seed stock) will be translocated from the Canadian Forest Service in Victoria to the site and planted; 5) the planting and sowing sites will be protected by temporary fencing and the plants will be watered as required to ensure they remain vigorous; 6) plants will be monitored for a minimum of 2 years (or until they become established), with further seedlings translocated as required. Project is recommended in the Recovery Strategy for Pink Sand-verbena in Canada (Fairbarns et al. 2007), as prepared under the Species at Risk Act. Fairbarns, M.D., C. Webb, L.K. Blight, N. Page, B. Costanzo, T. Kaye, T. Lea and J. McIntosh.2007. Recovery Strategy for the Pink Sand-verbena (Abronia umbellata) in Canada (Final). Speciesat Risk Act Recovery Strategy Series. Parks Canada Agency. Ottawa. v + 21 pp.

Start Date: 2008-06-01   End Date: 2010-12-01

Issuing Authority: Parks Canada Agency

Authority Used:

  • Canada National Parks Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • British Columbia

Affected Species:

a) all reasonable alternatives to the activity that would reduce the impact on the species have been considered and the best solution has been adopted. · Effect of the project for Pink Sand-verbena is only positive. b) All feasible measures will be taken to minimize the impact of the activity on the species or its critical habitat or the residences of its individuals; · Effect of the project for Pink Sand-verbena is only positive. c) The activity will not jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species · The project is one step towards recovering the apparently extirpated population.

Contact Person(s)
Mr. Ross Vennesland
Species at Risk Recovery Specialist
Parks Canada Agency
300 - 300 West Georgia St
Vancouver, BC
V6B 6B4
Tel: 604-666-4648
Fax: 604-666-7957