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Species at Risk Partnership on Agricultural Lands (SARPAL)

Ontario Soil and Crop Improvemnet Association

Maria Ramirez Giraldo

2016 - 2020

Goal: Biodiversity

Audience: Cow-Calf, Feedlot

Project Type: Demonstration

Location: Ontario

Species at Risk Partnerships on Agricultural Lands (SARPAL) is an Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) initiative focused on working with Ontario farmers to support the management and recovery of species at risk on agricultural land. Through the program, Ontario farmers implement a variety of on-farm Best Management Practices (BMPs) that create habitat for 12 target species at risk (SAR) while helping to sustain farm production and profitability. Farmers enter into a Conservation Agreement with ECCC to ensure maintenance of funded projects, monitoring and habitat protection for SAR by producers for the length of the agreement. SARPAL is delivered by the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA), a unique not-for-profit, grassroots farm organization dedicated to developing and delivering innovative farming practices, education and cost-share programs to the farming community. OSCIA delivers the Species at Risk Farm Incentive Program (SARFIP) that supports SAR on agricultural land through habitat creation, enhancement, and protection. Additionally, the Lake Erie Agriculture Demonstrating Sustainability (LEADS) program and the Canadian Agricultural Partnership Program further support on farm BMPs alongside streams, drains, rivers, and wetlands in Ontario, through fragile land retirement, buffer strips and erosion control projects categories.

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