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Species at risk in the commercial forest

Monarch butterfly

Despite many programs focused on maintaining and enhancing wildlife populations, some species have become threatened with extinction and require special attention to help ensure their survival. The mission of the Saskatchewan species at risk program is to protect species from extirpation or extinction and to prevent new species from becoming threatened with extinction.

What's happening

What's happening - Species at risk

What we are doing

Environment and Climate Change Canada and the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) have been working through a backlog of species assessments. This work resulted in multiple new federal listings under the federal Species at Risk Act (SARA). In 2019 there are 22 federally listed species at risk and a further five species proposed for listing in the commercial forests of Saskatchewan. In 2009, six federally listed species at risk were known to occur in the commercial forest, and a further nine species proposed for listing.

COSEWIC continues to assess species on a bi-annual basis. Additional species will be recommended for addition to the SARA registry following these assessments. Knowledge of species in the forest is incomplete due to the large area and the inability to conduct complete surveys over the extent of the commercial forest.

Number and status of species at risk

SARA listed species and species proposed by COSEWIC for SARA listing that occur in Saskatchewan's commercial forest

Common Name Scientific Name Status
Little Brown Myotis Myotis lucifugus Endangered
Northern Myotis Myotis septentrionalis Endangered
Gypsy Cuckoo Bumble Bee Bombus bohemicus Endangered
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica Threatened
Canada Warbler Cardellina canadensis Threatened
Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica Threatened
Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor Threatened
Eastern Whip-poor-will Antrostomus vociferus Threatened
Olive-sided Flycatcher Contopus cooperi Threatened
Shortjaw Cisco Coregonus zenithicus Threatened
Woodland Caribou Rangifer tarandus caribou Threatened
Bank Swallow Riparia riparia Threatened
Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus Special Concern
Monarch Danaus plexippus Special Concern
Northern Leopard Frog Lithobates pipiens Special Concern
Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus Special Concern
Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus Special Concern
Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis Special Concern
Wolverine Gulo gulo Special Concern
Yellow Rail Coturnicops noveboracensis Special Concern
Eastern Wood-pewee Contopus virens Special Concern
Yellow-banded Bumble Bee Bombus terricola Special Concern

Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canadad (COSEWIC) species in the commercial forest

Common Name Scientific Name Status
Lake Sturgeon Acipenser fulvescens Endangered
Nine-spotted Lady Beetle Coccinella novemnotata Endangered
Bison Bos bison bison Threatened
Evening Grosbeak Coccothraustes Special Concern
Transverse Lady Beetle Coccinella transversoguttata Special Concern

Why it matters

Habitat protection has benefits for the province's flora and fauna and helps to maintain a healthy environment for all of Saskatchewan's wildlife. The number of species at risk indicates that there is some risk of extirpation in Saskatchewan for those species listed. Most, but not all, are at risk from the impacts of human activities and resource use. The ministry continues to adjust practices to mitigate some of the impacts to the commercial forest which includes timing of operations and working toward larger cut block sizes that mimic natural disturbance.

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