Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: SARA-QR-2017-0371

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. SARA-QR-2017-0371 is issued.

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

Description:
This permit authorizes the cutting of 7 Butternut trees which present a risk to public safety. This permit also authorizes the pruning of 4 other Butternut trees which did not appear heavily affected by butternut canker during 2016 assessment, and authorizes the cutting of these 4 individuals in the event that conditions on the ground support that they represent an imminent high risk for the security of the public and must be cut. This permit authorizes the possession and plantation of pure, healthy Butternut seedlings in the two parks.

Start Date: 2017-04-14   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:

Pre-Conditions:
(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, pruning the trees that present a risk to public safety or cutting the trees. Doing nothing is not an option as management of the dead or dying trees, and dying branches is required to ensure public security due to the size of the trees and their location in busy areas of the Park. Pruning would remove dead or dying branches that pose a risk to public safety, but would leave standing 7 butternut trees with advanced dieback levels that are more susceptible to fall due to environmental factors such as wind and storms. Cutting all eleven trees was not considered the best alternative because some of the trees seem to only require trimming of their branches. The best solution consists of pruning the vigorous butternut trees or those slightly affected by canker and cutting the trees which are gravely affected by canker, dead and/or which represent of high risk of falling. (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 trees that will be cut or pruned will be marked with a ribbon before work begins to distinguish it from other trees and will be pruned or cut without heavy machinery 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. Only individuals that are dead, dying or gravely declining will be cut. The pruning and cutting of up to 11 individuals and the plantation of pure, healthy seedlings will not jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species: the main threats to the survival of the species are the butternut canker, hybridization, 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
E-mail: permislep.qc@ec.gc.ca