Species at Risk program opens soon

The Species At Risk Farm Incentive Program is back for 2021.

Eligible best management practices include activities around croplands, grasslands, shorelines, stream banks, wetlands and woodlands. Many opportunities are available to support critical habitat through SARFIP, including for example cross fencing for rotational grazing, watering systems for livestock, native tree planting, improved stream crossings, native grassland plantings and invasive species removal.

SARFIP 2021 is open to all agricultural landowners in the province. Projects that provide indirect benefits to species at risk are eligible for 45 per cent cost-share, and projects that directly benefit species at risk are eligible for 60 per cent. An additional bonus of 15 per cent cost-share is available for direct benefit projects to producers interested in enrolling in SAR-Watch, a monitoring program that measures the impact of SARFIP projects on the ground for species at risk. Up to a maximum of $20,000 will be funded per farm business

The SARFIP Brochure provides full program details and can be found on the OSCIA website. Applications will be available on the website on March 31 and applications will begin to be accepted on April 7 and the program operates on a first-come-first-served basis.

The program is offered by the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA), with support from the Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks.

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