Nine rare species added to Endangered Species Act

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Environment Minister Tom Hedderson

Environment and Conservation Minister Tom Hedderson has announced that eight species of rare plants and one lichen have been added to the province’s Endangered Species Act as either endangered or threatened.

Assessments were made on the new listings by the Species Status Advisory Committee and the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada.

“Species listed as endangered are in imminent risk of extinction and those listed as threatened are species likely to become endangered if nothing is done to reverse the factors limiting their survival,” said Hedderson. “I’d like to acknowledge the dedication of the committees involved in this process who were instrumental in ensuring the protection of the identified rare species as we conserve biodiversity for future generations.”

The nine species added to the act are:

• The Graceful Felt Lichen/ Vole Ears (Erioderma mollissimum);

• Alaska Rein Orchid (Platanthera foetida);

• Cutleaf Fleabane (Erigeron compositus);

• Oval-leaved Creeping Spearwort (Ranunculus flammula var. ovalis);

• Rock Dwelling Sedge (Carex petricosa var. misandroides);

• Feathery False Solomon’s Seal (Maianthemum racemosum subsp. racemosum);

• Lindley’s Aster (Symphyotrichum ciliolatum);

• Vreeland’s Striped Coralroot (Corallorhiza striata var. vreelandii);

• Bodin's Milkvetch (Astragalus bodinii).

The total number of species, subspecies and populations listed under the province’s Endangered Species Act is currently 44, including 21 endangered, 10 threatened and 13 vulnerable species.



Organizations: Species Status Advisory Committee, Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife

Geographic location: Canada

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Recent comments

  • In the know
    September 27, 2013 - 17:06

    So what are the South coast's Atlantic Salmon stocks not on the list? COSEWIC listed them as threatened two years ago. Could it be that recognizing that fact might impact the province's plans for the aquaculture industry? A follow up story on the exclusion would be nice.

  • Red
    September 27, 2013 - 12:08

    It is funny how none of them are protected from the Vale processing plant in Long Harbour. There was old growth forest there where they identified rare lichens and mosses, but not anymore. What's left will be killed by the Nickel dust. Endangered plants and animals are protected until industry comes along, then it's open season. Why add species to lists if the protection doesn't exist.

  • Douglas Ballam
    September 27, 2013 - 12:08

    Well done. Past time. Recommendations by the committee to protect these species were submitted years ago. Keep the momentum, get rid of the remaining backlog, and move the program forward.

  • Pauline
    September 27, 2013 - 12:07

    Whats about Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, shouldn't they put on the list also?