The continued presence of endangered species on Ontario farms is a testament to the preservation of natural habitats on farms. Provincial policies and programs must recognize the role farmers have play in maintaining and preserving these areas for Ontario’s wildlife, including endangered species.
Ontario farmers support the principle of protecting and recovering Ontario’s species at risk. However, since the protection and recovery of Ontario’s species at risk is a broad and public goal, providing private benefits for a public benefit is difficult.
OFA believes that any financial costs associated with achieving the goal of preserving endangered wildlife and their habitats should be shouldered by the public, not by the individual farmers and other rural property owners.