Eden Oak (Trailshead) Inc. - Permit for activities to achieve an overall benefit to a species

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Type d'acte: Permit for activities to achieve an overall benefit to a species

Numéro du REO
019-4405
Numéro de référence du ministère
SW-C-004-21
Type d'avis
Instrument
Loi
Endangered Species Act , R.S.O. 2007
Affiché par
Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
Étape de l'avis
Décision
Décision publiée
Période de consultation
Du 12 janvier 2022 au 11 février 2022 (30 jours) Fermé
Dernière mise à jour

Détails de l'emplacement

Adresse du site

228 Lakeshore Road
Town of Blue Mountains, Grey County, ON
Canada

Détails de l'emplacement du site

The proposed development is located at 228 Lakeshore Road, Lot 10 Concession 2, Town of Blue Mountains, Grey County.

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Promoteur(s)

Eden Oak (Trailshead) Inc.
1443 Hurontario Street
Mississauga, ON
L5G 3H5
Canada

Détails de la décision

On April 21, 2022, the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks issued an overall benefit permit to Eden Oak (Trailshead) Inc. under section 17(1) of the Endangered Species Act, 2007 (ESA). The permit was issued in accordance with the criteria in clause 17(2)(c) of the Act, concerning Butternut trees, for residential development at 228 Lakeshore Road, The Blue Mountains, Ontario.

The permit authorizes the proponent to adversely impact:

  • Butternut individuals (harm to one Category 2 and five Category 3 Butternut trees)
  • approximately 0.81 hectares of Butternut habitat

Protecting species under the Endangered Species Act

Our government is committed to protecting species at risk and providing strong environmental oversight, while working to support development opportunities in the province.

Businesses, municipalities and other proponents are expected to take steps to ensure their projects avoid any adverse impacts on species at risk or their habitats. However, where avoidance is not possible, the ESA gives the Minister the discretion to authorize activities if certain conditions can be met.

The permit includes conditions that require the proponent to undertake measures that will:

  • minimize adverse effects to Butternut
  • achieve an overall benefit to Butternut within a reasonable timeframe

Actions to minimize adverse effects to species

The permit requires Eden Oak (Trailshead) Inc. to carry out actions to minimize adverse effects on Butternut, including:

  • establishing tree protection fencing along the perimeter of the work zone to prevent damage to Butternut, minimize habitat disturbance and prevent any unnecessary encroachment into habitat
  • implementing appropriate arboricultural practices, including using Qualified Professionals, to oversee and undertake important aspects of the permit

Actions to achieve an overall benefit to species

The permit requires Eden Oak (Trailshead) Inc. to achieve an overall benefit for Butternut within a reasonable timeframe, including:

  • collecting and archiving scions from three suitable Butternut (with work to be completed by a qualified person/organization)
  • planting 20 Butternut seedlings and additional companion tree seedlings into the onsite identified open block spaces to mimic natural Butternut habitat conditions
  • monitoring and tending the Butternut seedlings for at least five years

These activities are expected to achieve an overall benefit for Butternut by:

  • archiving the species to contribute to recovery efforts
  • increasing the overall number of canker resistant Butternut planted on the landscape
  • emulating natural Butternut habitat conditions

Government response statement for Butternut

Ontario has published a government response statement under section 12.1 of the ESA with respect to Butternut.

The government response statements specify actions such as increasing the number of Butternut on the landscape.

Consideration was given to the government response statement, and these actions are supported in the permit.

A copy of the government response statement for Butternut is available at: butternut government response statement.

Other information

Other reasonable alternatives, including alternatives that would not adversely affect the species, were considered such as:

  • not proceeding with the proposed project on the location specified
  • altering the development plan (e.g. berms for flood prevention and moving an access road), which would result in increased harm to Butternut
  • altering the development plan (e.g. shifting the location of an access road) to reduce impacts to Butternut

The best alternative involves proceeding with the residential development using the third option as this would:

  • have the least impact on Butternut
  • still allow the residential development to be constructed

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Effets de la consultation

We received and considered one comment suggesting the new plantings should be protected and managed for 10 years, as opposed to five years.

We didn’t make any changes to the final permit conditions. Five years of tending the plantings and effectiveness monitoring is consistent with past issued permits. This is how information has been collected, and knowledge gained, on the steps taken to achieve the overall benefit for Butternut.

Documents justificatifs

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Contact

Kristina Hubert

Phone number
Office
Species at Risk Branch - Permissions and Compliance
Address

300 Water Street
4th Floor, South tower
Peterborough, ON
K9J 3C7
Canada

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Proposition initiale

Numéro du REO
019-4405
Numéro de référence du ministère
SW-C-004-21
Type d'avis
Instrument
Loi
Endangered Species Act , R.S.O. 2007
Affiché par
Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
Proposition affichée

Période de consultation

12 janvier 2022 - 11 février 2022 (30 days)

Détails de la proposition

Eden Oak (Trailshead) Inc. has submitted an application for an overall benefit permit under clause 17(2)(c) of the Endangered Species Act, 2007 (ESA) for a residential development at 228 Lakeshore Road, The Blue Mountains, Ontario.

The proposed activities may adversely impact:

  • Butternut individuals (harm to one Category 2 and five Category 3 Butternut trees)
  • Approximately 0.81 hectares of Butternut habitat

The main threat to the survival of Butternut trees is Butternut Canker, a disease affecting most Butternut trees across the province.

Butternut trees are divided into three categories based on their health:

  • Category 1: in the advanced stages of disease as a result of Butternut Canker (“non-retainable”)
  • Category 2: the tree does not have Butternut Canker or disease is not as advanced (“retainable”)
  • Category 3: could be useful in determining how to prevent or resist Butternut Canker (“archivable”)

Protecting species under the Endangered Species Act

The Ontario government is committed to protecting species at risk and providing strong environmental oversight, while working to support development opportunities in the province.

Ontario provides protections for species at risk and their habitats under the ESA. Sections 9 and 10 of the Act provide protection for individual members of a species and their habitat if that species is listed on the Species at Risk in Ontario List as either:

  • extirpated
  • endangered
  • threatened

Butternut is listed on the Species at Risk in Ontario list, under Ontario Regulation 230/08 of the ESA as endangered.

Under clause 17(2)(c) of the ESA, the Minister may issue a permit authorizing a person to engage in an activity that would otherwise be prohibited by sections 9 or 10 of the Act if the Minister is of the opinion that:

  • an overall benefit to the species will be achieved within a reasonable time through the conditions of the permit
  • reasonable alternatives have been considered, including alternatives that would not negatively affect the species, and the best alternative has been adopted
  • reasonable steps to minimize negative effects on individual members of the species are required by conditions of the permit

Providing an overall benefit to a protected species under the ESA means improving circumstances for the species in Ontario. Overall benefit is:

  • more than "no net loss" or an exchange of "like for like"
  • grounded in the protection and recovery of the species at risk
  • more than mitigation measures or "replacing" what is lost

Actions to achieve an overall benefit to the species

Eden Oak (Trailshead) Inc. is seeking ways to provide an overall benefit to Butternut trees. These may involve:

  • collecting an archiving scions from three suitable Butternut (with work to be completed by a qualified person/organization)
  • planting 20 Butternut seedlings and additional companion tree seedlings into the onsite identified open block spaces to mimic natural Butternut habitat conditions
  • monitoring and tending the Butternut seedlings for at least five years

These proposed actions are expected to achieve an overall benefit to the species by:

  • identifying, grafting and maintaining potentially canker-resistant individuals to contribute to a breeding program and species recovery
  • an increase in the number of Butternut in Ontario

Reasonable alternatives being considered

Eden Oak (Trailshead) Inc. has explored alternatives, including alternatives that would not adversely affect Butternut trees and their habitat. These include:

  • not proceeding with the proposed project on the location specified
  • altering the development plan (e.g. berms for flood prevention and moving an access road), which would result in increase harm to Butternut
  • altering the development plan to reduce impacts to Butternut

Eden Oak (Trailshead) Inc. has concluded the preferred option for construction of the Trailshead subdivision is the third alternative as it will have the least impact on Butternuts and associated habitat while still allowing the residential development to be constructed.

Actions to minimize negative effects to the species

Eden Oak (Trailshead) Inc. is seeking ways to minimize adverse effects on Butternut trees and its habitat. These may include:

  • establishing tree protection fencing along the perimeter of the work zone to prevent damage to Butternut, minimize habitat disturbance and prevent any unnecessary encroachment into habitat
  • implementing appropriate arboricultural practices, including using Qualified Professionals to oversee and undertake important aspects of the permit

Other information

The Province has published a government response statement under section 12.1 of the Endangered Species Act, 2007 with respect to Butternut.

The government response statement will be considered before a decision to issue an overall benefit permit.

A copy of the government response statement for Butternut is available at: https://www.ontario.ca/page/butternut-government-response-statement

Posting this proposal on the Environmental Registry does not imply that we will issue a permit. A permit may only be issued where the legal requirements set out in clause 17(2)(c) of the ESA have been satisfied.

More information on species at risk overall benefit permits.

Documents justificatifs

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Certains documents justificatifs peuvent ne pas être accessibles en ligne. Si tel est le cas, vous pouvez demander à consulter les documents en personne.

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Commentaire

La consultation est maintenant terminée.

Cette consultation a eu lieu 12 janvier 2022
au 11 février 2022

Communiquer avec nous

Contact

Kristina Hubert

Phone number
Office
Species at Risk Branch - Permissions and Compliance
Address

300 Water Street
4th Floor, South tower
Peterborough, ON
K9J 3C7
Canada