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Keith Stelling – 6.0 – “The cumulative result of “Overall Benefit Permits”

6.0 “The cumulative result of “Overall Benefit Permits”

A survey of the MNR web site listing Overall Benefit Permits granted or under consideration by the ministry shows that a total of 575.8 hectares of mostly Bobolink and Meadowlark habitat are already facing destruction. This is more than a trivial limiting factor for these species. How then can an

Overall Benefit Permit for Amherst Island improve circumstances for these species in Ontario?
011-6209 Wainwright Twp Kenora District 21.9 hectares of Bobolink habitat Net loss*
(*no “enhancement”
information listed)
011-6966
Prince Edward
County
61 hectares Eastern
Meadowlark and Bobolink
Net loss*
011-6555
Township of
Howland, Manitoulin
District
6 hectares of Bobolink and
Eastern Meadowlark habitat
Net loss*
011-6838
City of Temiskaming
Shores, Ontario
56 hectares of Bobolink
habitat
Net loss*
011-6656 Township of South
Crosby, Leeds County
26.7 hectares of Bobolink
habitat
Net loss*
011-6168
Sophiasburgh
Township, Prince
Edward County
36 hectares of Bobolink and
Eastern Meadowlark habitat
substituted with 20
hectares Net loss of
16 hectares
011-6343
Loyalist Township,
Lennox & Addington
County
46 hectares
Bobolink and Eastern
Meadowlark habitat
Substituted with 45
hectares Net loss of
1 hectare
011-6238
Frontenac County 40 hectares Whip-poor-will
habitat
Net loss*
011-5217 Township of
Denison, Sudbury
District
45.8 hectares of Whip-poorwill
habitat
Net loss* Permit issued May 2,
2012
011-5781 Haldimand County
97.8 hectares Bobolink and
Eastern Meadowlark habitat
76 hectares of
fragmented habitat
to be substituted Net
loss of 21.8 hectares
Permit issued May
30, 2012
011-5403 Lanark County
53 hectares (ha) of land of
which 7.67 ha are considered
Bobolink habitat
Converting 9.59 ha
of land to Bobolink
habitat
Permit issued April
30, 2012
011-5218 South Himsworth
Township , Parry
Sound District
4.6-hectares of Bobolink
habitat
Net loss*
011-5076 S. Stormont , United
Counties of Stormont
Dundas & Glengarry
45 hectares Bobolink habitat Net loss*
011-5057 United Counties of
Leeds and Grenville
36 hectares Bobolink habitat Securing, improving
and maintaining 5.8
Permit issued
February 23, 2012
22
ha of new Bobolink
habitat lands Net
loss of 30.2 hectares
Total
Bobolink/Meadowlark/Whippoor-
will habitat destroyed:
575.8 hectares

The geographic extent of the habitat destruction across so many counties increases its severity as a limiting factor for these species. “Many years of data and theory [have been] developed in the scientific discipline of wildlife ecology, which understands that wildlife populations are necessarily connected via dispersal and migration, and that the more significant demographic unit is the meta-population (Hanski and Gilpin 1997,
Smallwood 2001, 2002)”.

According to Smallwood et al. (1999), the cumulative effects analysis should extend over the amortized life of the project or the permit duration, and should consider how long the types of
project impacts generally last.

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