Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: SARA-QR-2017-0368

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. SARA-QR-2017-0368 is issued.

Affecting the species is incidental to the carrying out of the activity

This permit authorizes to prune a Butternut tree in order to avoid branches falling which can cause damage to the transmission line serving the infrastructures at the lac Philippe Campground in the Breton beach area. The permit holder is authorized to leave on site the branches that have been pruned.

Start Date: 2017-02-27   End Date: 2017-12-31

Issuing Authority: Environment Canada

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • Quebec

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. Several alternatives have been considered including doing nothing, moving the power line or cutting the tree. Doing nothing will put at risk the provision of recreational services for the camping area of Lac Philippe and could result in an overflow of wastewater into Lac Philippe. Moving the power line would generate significant costs and would have negative impacts on the environment due to the cutting of many mature trees for the creation of a new corridor without counting the potential to find other butternut trees in the new corridor. Cutting the tree would mean the loss of a butternut which is not gravely affected by canker. Pruning branches that pose a risk to the integrity of the transmission line is therefore the best solution. This alternative will have a small effect on one individual. It should not have a negative impact on the whole species, and will ensured continued power supply to the campground and maintenance of the power lines in good working order. (b) All feasible measures will be taken to minimize the impact of the activity on the species or the residences of its individuals. Work will be done under the supervision of an experienced biologist familiar with this species who has supervised similar activities in the past. The Butternut tree will be marked with a ribbon before work begins to distinguish it from other trees and will be pruned manually to minimize impact on the surrounding habitat. A temporary fence will be installed at the edge of the foliage to protect the trunk and part of the root system. All clothing and equipment will be disinfected after the procedure to minimize the risk of spreading pathogens to different areas. (c) The activity will not jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species. The proposed work will impact only one butternut tree. The pruning of one individual will not jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species: the main threats to the survival of the species are the butternut canker, large scale deforestation and land conversion.

Contact Person(s)
Habitat Division
Canadian Wildlife Service
Sainte-Foy, Quebec
Phone: (418) 684-5757
Fax: (418) 684-7045