OFA provides comments to the recovery strategy and action plan for the Fawnsfoot and Threehorn Wartyback in Canada. The Fawnsfoot and Threehorn Wartyback are freshwater mussels, listed as Endangered and Threatened respectively under the Species at Risk Act (SARA) in August 2019. OFA believes the proposed Recovery Study and Action Plan is very harsh on Ontario’s agricultural community and does not acknowledge the significant investment by farmers in environmental stewardship initiatives which provide positive long-term benefits to our water, soil, and air quality. OFA acknowledges that actions need to be taken to minimize impacts on species at risk and their habitats, however recovery strategies, government response statements and habitat regulations need to reflect the reality that a single-minded focus on species restoration to the exclusion of all other factors is unsustainable. Ontario farmers continue to strive to protect and enhance our natural resources and welcome future conversations to move forward and be part of the solution.
Submissions & Correspondence
OFA submission regarding the recovery strategy and action plan for endangered mussels in Canada
Updated: February 10, 2021