These effects may be incorporated into the discussion of how timing influences the impact of the activity, where appropriate. However, the fact that there will be better and/or more information on which to base CH identification at some point in the future cannot be used as a reason to delay identifying CH to the extent possible, based on the best information available at this time (unless SARA timelines permit time for particular knowledge gaps to be addressed). For example, did the advice specify that any release of information is unacceptable, or is it possible, in the context of CH identification, to identify CH or present it at a broader scale such that it would prevent harm to the species or its habitat? <> The original implementation guidance is inserted below, piece by piece, in its entirety, within the outlined text boxes. To date, recovery practitioners have used their best judgement and the best available information to identify and present CH in recovery documents using a variety of methods. standardized UTM grid square at the intersection of UTM zones are merged with their adjacent grid squares. Present CH Identification. Unique alphanumeric codes for the grid squares are created based on the UTM Military Grid Reference System as adapted from the Breeding Bird Atlases of Canada methodology. Depending on specific factors and supplementary information, an alternate approach may be warranted for some species or populations. This is a specific term and designation within the U.S. Likewise the risk of the activity continuing at any level may be estimated. The designation of critical habitat is a feature of endangered species protection laws in many countries. Areas outside of the shaded yellow polygons do not contain critical habitat. Develop Criteria for CH Identification Step 4. Sources that should be considered in the information-gathering stage include, but are not limited to: For each data source, please provide a summary of what information exists, and what information is available (yes, no, partially - including details/status of data acquisition, where appropriate). Using consistent text and figure caption terminology, e.g., "Detailed polygon (unit) within which critical habitat is found", or "Detailed polygon (unit) representing critical habitat", or "[1 x 1 km] standardized UTM grid square within which critical habitat is found", both within and across different recovery documents will facilitate multi-jurisdictional interpretation of methodology and intent. Note that the description of CH attributes could further narrow down the location of CH. In some areas, the Decision Tracking Workbook simply provides a place to record the available facts and information (e.g., population and distribution objective) while in other areas, it is intended to track rationales, decisions and help determine key information to be used to develop the CH criteria. Under the federal Species at Risk Act (SARA), critical habitat (CH) is the habitat that is necessary for the survival or recovery of listed extirpated, endangered, or threatened species, and that is identified as CH in a recovery strategy or action plan. Sample concluding statements are provided below, for reference. Herbicide drift is a widespread threat that is low level concern that does not have to occur within the bounds of critical habitat to cause destruction. If any CH is identified in a recovery strategy, this section is needed and examples of activities that are likely to result in CH destruction must be provided. The recovery practitioner should conceptualize a linkage between the ALTD section and preceding stages of the CH identification process (refer to Broad Framework diagram, Steps 1-5). A multi-jurisdictional working group is currently developing an implementation and guidance document and workbook for setting Population and Distribution objectives. It is acknowledged that what constitutes the "best available" information may change over time. Designation of Critical Habitat. This toolbox builds on the years of experience in the process of CH identification nationally and has benefited from substantial previous work on CH by Environment and Climate Change Canada, as well as other SARA responsible agencies and partners. [If required] standardized UTM grid square at the intersection of UTM zones are merged with their adjacent grid squares. We can suppose (depending on the lifespan of the SAR spores in the soil - which is unknown) that if there were enough consecutive years of extreme livestock use, CH would be permanently destroyed, and that this effect would be similar at other sites where the SAR occurs. x��V_o�67��p�R�I�CQ�I�� For example, suppose there is a species of moss that is at risk and occurs in an area where ranching is common, and has been for over 100 years (i.e., an anthropogenically-modified grassland landscape containing introduced species, fire suppression). The purpose of the third column in the table is to summarize details of the activity (i.e., collated as appropriate from the Decision Tracking Workbook Step 5B, columns D-L) that will help the reader better understand how the activity results in the destruction of CH. For example, UTM grids are shown on all NTS maps and can be displayed easily in most GIS systems. Note that not all of these details may be appropriate to include and/or summarize in the portion of the table presented in the public document. Determining the extent to which CH can be identified can be a challenging process. *this Table refers to the portion of the summary table provided in Step 5B of the Decision Tracking Workbook which may be copied into the recovery document. However, the survey session following, when livestock had been absent for two years, the SAR area of occupancy was higher than ever observed. Capture/harvest of individuals (examples of uses: hunting, gathering, collecting, culture, trade, etc.). For example, if an outside organization has information that could be used to inform the identification of CH but is unwilling / unable to share that information with Environment and Climate Change Canada, then the information is not available (in the context of best available information). Once CH has been identified to the extent possible, presentation methods should then be considered (Step 6). Where cumulative scores are "may be sensitive" or "sensitive", evaluate whether presenting CH at a broader scale will alleviate sensitivity concerns to the extent that the probability of occurrence of the criteria are moderate, low, or nil. Case A. In such cases, a schedule of studies to identify critical habitat will be developed; If available information is assessed to be insufficient to identify critical habitat, a rationale/explanation must be provided. Assess Candidate CH Identification Step 6. However, this step in the Decision Tracking Workbook may also be used to document things that would not be reflected in the SoS, such as notes on study designs, related habitat research, etc. Help the community by sharing what you know. Areas for particular attention are shown in italicized text. Note that the use of subheadings may be a useful way to present in a logical flow, the criteria and methods used in the determination of critical habitat. In many cases, additional documents may be available related to the CH process (e.g., additional details on geospatial data processes, model development, and criteria development by a recovery team). These three conceptual scales are used to help provide context for the critical habitat identification, its presentation, and description of activities likely to destroy critical habitat. 6 0 obj The portion of the summary table for ALTD CH presented in the recovery strategy or action plan should include: 1) a description of each activity, 2) a description of the effect of that activity that identifies how CH is likely to be destroyed (e.g., which biophysical attributes of CH that the activity is likely to destroy and how), and 3) where information is available, a summary of qualifying details and effects (i.e., yellow-shaded portion of working table in section Step 5B), where relevant and as appropriate, for example: In reference to the last point above, any suspected differences in the likelihood of a particular activity occurring between sites should be documented in the appropriate yellow- and orange-shaded portions of the Decision Tracking Workbook (Table in Step 5B). A habitat is a place where an organism makes its home. If additional research is required to determine specifically what level of the activity (e.g., livestock use, forest harvesting) is considered destructive to the species, this may be stated. For example instead of "Results in habitat loss", it would be more informative to state "intensive use by livestock results in disturbance and compaction of soil by animal hooves, to the extent that the habitat is no longer suitable to the species, and biophysical attributes necessary for long-term persistence (including gopher soil-mounds required for germination) are destroyed. The recovery practitioner should document the rationale for the ranking of the different criteria by documenting briefly which threats or factors were considered. Also note that any regional drafts or candidate CH files (e.g., CH that is undergoing review), proposed CH files (CH that has been or will be included in a proposed recovery document), or final CH files (CH that is included in a final recovery document) should be considered confidential and remains the intellectual property of the Crown. In some cases, all of the mapped or described geospatial representation will "be" CH. When proposing critical habitat, the Service has little discretion under the law – if the area meets the legal definition of critical habitat, usually it must be included in the proposal. Critical habitat can involve specific types of food, a habitat required for breeding (as is the case of species that nest in tree cavities), or some other crucial environmental requirement. Present Critical Habitat Identification, Appendix 1: Standardized UTM Grids based on Breeding Bird Atlases of Canada, ec.planificationduretablissement-recoveryplanning.ec@canada.ca, Natural Resources Canada - Finding UTM References, Locally abundant over a large range in several habitats, Locally abundant over a large range in a specific habitats, Constantly sparse over a large range and in several habitats, Constantly sparse in a specific habitat but over a large range, Locally abundant in several habitats but restricted geographically, Locally abundant in a specific habitat but restricted geographically, Constantly sparse and geographically restricted in several habitats, Constantly sparse and geographically restricted in a specific habitat, Inappropriate levels of grazing and trampling by domestic livestock (primarily horses, some cattle). 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LTSCV owns and manages 95 acres on Coyote Ridge to protect habitat for Bay checkerspot butterfly, Santa Clara Valley dudleya, and other threatened or endangered species. Critical habitat for [species name] in Canada occurs within the [x] x [x] km standardized UTM grid squares where the critical habitat criteria and methodology described in this section are met. }������gx�z�����7o����������p�3�I!��ڃ��V�����p �>��Ot G�r����0*��� The CH Identification Toolbox will be a "living document" that evolves with new information, experiences, and/or policy developments, and/or to align with any other new implementation guidance material (e.g., for Population and Distribution objectives). However, depending on the assessment criteria established (Step 3), it is noted that some available data sets may not necessarily need to be collected/compiled by the recovery practitioner, i.e., where deemed not relevant or reliable to inform CH identification. Data availability / adequacy: the information required to carry out a detailed delineation of CH is not available or adequate, but may allow for a presentation of CH using standardized UTM grids and accompanying text; Cumulative score from the Sensitivity Assessment (refer to Step 5C of the Decision Tracking Workbook for additional guidance). There may be situations where, by chance, the placement of a grid square or description of CH inadvertently pinpoints the location of CH for a sensitive species. A multi-jurisdictional working group is currently developing an implementation and guidance document and workbook for setting Population and Distribution objectives. 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