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Deadline to comment on the proposed Management Plan for the Blue Felt Lichen (Degelia plumbea)
Wednesday 17 March 2021 -  - Wednesday 17 March 2021 
We want to hear from you!

The Government of Canada is committed to working with interested parties to ensure that species at risk are protected. The Species at Risk Act supports this commitment by providing the public with an opportunity to comment on proposed recovery documents.

Environment and Climate Change Canada is inviting you to comment on the proposed Management Plan for the Blue Felt Lichen (Degelia plumbea) in Canada.

The Blue Felt Lichen was listed as a species of Special Concern under Schedule 1 of the federal Species at Risk Act (SARA) in 2017. It is a large, blue-grey, leafy lichen that has longitudinal ridges and crescent-shaped curves, which often give it a scallop-like shape. In North America, the Blue Felt Lichen is restricted to the northeast, and is now found in four Canadian provinces: New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island (recently discovered), Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador (island of Newfoundland). The Blue Felt Lichen is relatively common in Nova Scotia, uncommon on the island of Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island, and rare in New Brunswick. It prefers cool, humid woodlands that may be mixed coniferous/hardwood or dominated by deciduous trees, particularly maple, ash, and yellow birch. Threats include harvesting trees the lichen grows on, or trees nearby that protect the lichen and maintain a suitable, moist habitat; air pollution; acid rain and climate change.

On December 17, 2020, Environment and Climate Change Canada posted the proposed Management Plan for the Blue Felt Lichen (Degelia plumbea) in Canada on the Species at Risk Public Registry. A management plan is a recovery document that sets goals and objectives for maintaining sustainable population levels of one or more species that are particularly sensitive to environmental factors, but which are not yet considered in danger of becoming extinct. You can read the proposed management plan and comment at: https://species-registry.canada.ca/index-en.html#/documents/3645..

After the public comment period ends on March 17, 2021, Environment and Climate Change Canada will review comments and integrate them as appropriate, after which the final version of the management plan will be posted on the Species at Risk Public Registry.

Thank you for your interest in the protection of species at risk in Canada.












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