PARKS CANADA AGENCY

SPECIES AT RISK ACT

Description of critical habitat of American Water-willow in Point Pelee National Park of Canada

American Water-willow (Justicia americana) is a species listed on Schedule 1 to the Species at Risk Act as threatened. American Water-willow is an aquatic plant that occurs at one site within Point Pelee National Park of Canada. Critical habitat for American Water-willow is identified within the final Recovery Strategy for the American Water-willow (Justicia americana) in Canada.

Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to subsection 58(2) of the Species at Risk Act, critical habitat of American Water-willow in Point Pelee National Park of Canada (see Figure 1) is described based on individual occupancy and unoccupied suitable habitat, save and except existing anthropogenic features (e.g. sidewalks, wharves and bridges) and unnatural vegetation types (e.g. monocultures of Common Reed).

Critical habitat parcel numbers are based on the unique Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) species identification number for American Water-willow (206) and parcel number. Further details regarding American Water-willow critical habitat (including maps) can be found in the Recovery Strategy for the American Water-willow in Canada, posted on the Species at Risk Public Registry Web site.

Within the geographical boundaries presented within Figure 1, the biophysical attributes of critical habitat include the following: the eastern sand / fine gravel high water mark along the shore of Lake Pond into the pond where the water reaches a depth of 1.1 m.

Figure 1*

Pelee National Park of Canada

* Location and extent of critical habitat parcel No. 206_11 for American Water-willow in Point Pelee National Park of Canada. Critical habitat does not include existing anthropogenic features and unnatural vegetation types. Please refer to the Species at Risk Public Registry Web site for more details on American Water-willow critical habitat.

June 16, 2011

GEOFFREY HANCOCK
Field Unit Superintendent
Southwestern Ontario Field Unit