Species at Risk Partnerships on Agricultural Lands (SARPAL) is an Environment and Climate Change Canada initiative that is focused on working with farmers to support the recovery of species at risk on agricultural land. SARPAL funds conservation actions currently focused on supporting 12 target Species at Risk.
Ontario has 12 million acres of farmland, often integrated with valuable plant, fish and wildlife habitat. Farmers, predominantly those with livestock, manage significant amounts of Ontario’s grassland habitats. Voluntary stewardship actions by farmers are critical to the conservation of species at risk in Ontario, especially for species that rely on grassland habitat. SARPAL provides funding to support the implementation of Best Management Practices (BMPs) that play a key role in protecting, maintaining and enhancing healthy SAR habitat while sustaining production and profitability on the farm.
For 2023 program details please download the SARPAL brochure.
Be actively farming or own actively farmed land in Ontario as demonstrated by one of the following:
Have a completed 4th Edition Environmental Farm Plan and Action Plan verified complete by OSCIA.
Planting must be done directly through a Conservation Authority and prepayment for all services and fees must be completed with proof of payment submitted to OSCIA as part of your claim package. The applicant must enter into a Tree Service Agreement (provided by OSCIA to applicant upon conditional approval of SARPAL Application Form). The agreement must be signed by the applicant and the Conservation Authority before being submitted to OSCIA for final approval. In the event that a Conservation Authorities not available to undertake the project (e.g. there is no Conservation Authority in your area, or they are unable to take on your project) an independent Planting Delivery Agent may be used. The independent Planting Delivery Agent must hold liability insurance of two million dollars or more to cover the activities outlined in the approved SARPAL Application and provide a copy of this insurance with the completed Tree Service Agreement.
How are monitoring programs developed and performed. Including BMP assessment, target SAR, survey methods and what monitoring means for farmers.
Learn about the role of pollinators in the function of the farm; pollinators provide many ecological goods and services
How to monitor pollinators on the farm; with the right knowledge and tools, you can contribute observations to citizen science and research
Learn how on-farm Best Management Practices (BMPs) can further enhance or restore pollinator habitat and forage sources on your farm
SARPAL aims to provide long-term protection for important SAR habitat on Ontario farmland through the use of Conservation Agreements. Before funding can be released, approved SARPAL applicants are required to sign a Conservation Agreement with Environment and Climate Change Canada.
In the Agreement, participants commit to implement and maintain the approved project for a period of time – usually 1 to 5 years depending on the BMP. The participant also commits to monitor the project for the length of the agreement.
The goal of the Conservation Agreement is to ensure long-term protection of habitat for the 12 target SAR. The Agreement is not on title, but producers must notify OSCIA (who will in turn inform ECCC) of changes in land ownership or control.
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