Projects Inventory


Species at Risk Partnerships on Agricultural Lands (SARPAL)

Maria Ramirez Giraldo

Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association

2016 - 2020

Audience(s): Cow-Calf Feedlot   Project Type(s): Demonstration

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.


Goal #3: Enhance ecosystem services and biodiversity on lands managed by beef producers

Indicators Addressed:

Riparian areas, wetlands, surface and ground water sources and nutrient runoff are responsibly managed to help maintain or enhance watershed health, soil health is maintained or enhanced, habitat for wildlife is maintained or enhanced, and wildlife conflict prevention is managed.

Communication Tools:

OSCIA is actively involved in communicating results through their website, social media accounts, program brochures, provincial newsletter (reached over 4,000 OSCIA members), tradeshows, tours/meetings, and media releases. The OSCIA YouTube channel has videos about habitat creation, soil health, water quality and animal welfare on farm success stories. Additionally, there are videos about various educational programs delivered by OSCIA as well as projects completed via the funding programs.

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