Species at Risk Partnerships in Agriculture Landscapes
Species at Risk Partnerships in Agricultural Landscapes (SARPAL) is an initiative supported by the Government of Canada. The goal of this initiative is to help recover and protect Species at Risk (SAR) found in agricultural areas across Canada.
Nature NB is working with 14 partners, including NGOs, Indigenous Nations, government agencies, and academic partners to develop a conservation plan for SAR in agricultural areas of the Wolastoq/Saint John River watershed in New Brunswick. Our project began January 2019 and will continue until March 2021. The project team works with the Conservation Standards, a strategic planning process that will set the course for positive actions for SAR in the watershed for years to come.
This project has six targets, including: farm infrastructure, grasslands, riparian areas, wetlands, woodlands, and other farmland are being explored in this project.
The Wolastoq (Saint John) River watershed begins in separate streams in Maine, USA and Québec coming together to form a 673 km river, flowing through a large part of New Brunswick before emptying into the Bay of Fundy. Large portions of the watershed are classified as active agricultural land in both the upper and lower sections of the river.
Which species at risk rely on agricultural landscapes?
Agriculture landscapes offer important habitat to many species of conservation concern and of cultural importance, including:
• Barn Swallow
• Common Nighthawk
• Little Brown Myotis
• Wood Turtle
• Bald Eagle
Why are species at risk in agriculture important?
Protecting species and their habitats in agricultural areas can benefit both humans and wildlife. Many animals and plants provide important services to agriculture, such as shelterbelts, pest control, pollination, erosion control, and much more. Therefore, it is crucial that our farms and fields are productive and support healthy habitats for all wildlife.
- Global Conservation Solutions
- NB Natural Resource and Energy Development (NRED)
- NB Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries
- World Wildlife Fund- Canada (WWF)
- Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
- Agriculture Alliance of New Brunswick
- University of New Brunswick (UNB)
- Environment And Climate Change Canada – Canadian Wildlife Service
- Nature Trust of New Brunswick (NTNB)
- Birds Canada
- Canadian Forage and Grassland Association
- Maliseet Nation Conservation Council
- Wolastoqey Nation in New Brunswick
- NB Environment and Local Government