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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 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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