With financial support from Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) as part of the Canada Nature Fund, the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association (CFGA) Nature Fund Project addresses the agriculture priority sector identified under the Pan-Canadian Approach to Transforming Species at Risk Conservation in Canada.
The CFGA Nature Fund Project provides the opportunity to put the best available conservation information into the hands of the land stewards who are working towards the preservation or enhancement of habitat for native species within Canada’s agricultural landscape.
The centerpiece of the project is the Habitat and Biodiversity Assessment Tool, an online tool developed in Alberta that enables interested agricultural producers to integrate the needs of multiple native species in the management of their land. Under the leadership of the CFGA, the online tool is being adapted and customized for use in provinces across Canada as a source of conservation information for all of those interested in habitat stewardship.
The project is currently being developed for release in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia this year. Taking place over several phases, the CFGA Nature Fund Project will be delivered in as many provincial jurisdictions as technically feasible and will potentially be applicable to all Canadian agricultural lands.