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A Biodiversity Strategy for Lake Ontario
EPA Region 5 - Chicago - Great Lakes National Program Office

Geographic location or area of activity:  Lake Ontario basin covering the United States and Canada

Description of activity:  The recently-completed Great Lakes Conservation Blueprint has established a common foundation for a Lake Ontario biodiversity strategy by identifying high-priority areas to conserve.   

While conservation blueprints and lists of habitat priorities provide important information about where to work, they are not intended to clarify how to protect and manage ecological systems, natural communities, or species.  This project used these blueprints of priority sites as the starting point to develop multi-site, ecosystem-based strategies to improve the ecological health of Lake Ontario.

Using a process known as Conservation Action Planning (CAP), an array of partners in the U.S. and Canada developed a shared protocol to protect and restore Lake Ontario’s biodiversity.The CAP process clarified linkages between specific conservation actions and ecosystem health, and it creates mechanisms to track and measure progress. 

This collaborative process:

The fourth and final Lakewide Management Plan (LaMP)-based Biodiversity Conservation Strategy workshop for Lake Ontario was held December 5th and 6th, 2007, in Niagara on the Lake, Ontario. The purpose was to review the final draft and identify implementation actions for areas within the watershed needing protection or restoration. Coastal reaches where place-based strategies are needed were identified by conservation targets (nearshore waters, coastal shore and wetlands, migratory fish and tributaries.) Maps displaying the condition of watersheds and coastal reaches were reviewed.

A final strategy and grant report for this project (funded by GLNPO through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation) will be available in spring 2008. At that time, the strategy will be handed over to the four parties involved in the Lakewide Management Plan for implementation:  US EPA, New York Department of Environmental Conservation, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Canada.

Interagency partners: Participants included over 50 people from Environment Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, numerous Conservation Authorities, New York Department of Environmental Conservation and three U.S. federal agencies: EPA, and from Department of Interior - Fish and Wildlife Service and Geological Survey

Local partners:  Oswego  and Monroe Counties in New York, Cornell and SUNY Brockport Universities, the Tug Hill Commission, Natural Heritage Institute, Great Lakes Protection Fund, Genesee-Finger Lakes Regional Planning, The Nature Conservancy, the Nature Conservancy of Canada

Activity URL:  http://conserveonline.org/workspaces/lakeontario.conservation

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