Description of Gold-edged Gem critical habitat in the Canadian Forces Base Suffield National Wildlife Area

The Gold-edged Gem (Schinia avemensis) is a moth species listed on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act. In Canada, the Gold-edged Gem is found in southeastern Alberta through Saskatchewan and into southwestern Manitoba on remnant patches of active sand dunes and dune blowouts where colonies of the Prairie Sunflower (Helianthus petiolaris) are found.

The Recovery Strategy for the Gold-edged Gem (Schinia avemensis) in Canada identifies critical habitat for the species in a number of areas, including a federally protected area.

Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to subsection 58(2) of the Species at Risk Act, subsection 58(1) of that Act applies, 90 days after publication of this notice, to the critical habitat of the Gold-edged Gem, as identified in the recovery strategy for that species that is included in the Species at Risk Public Registry, within the following federally protected area: Canadian Forces Base Suffield National Wildlife Area, the boundaries of which are described in Schedule I of the Wildlife Area Regulations made pursuant to the Canada Wildlife Act.

Interested parties are invited to contact Environment Canada to request clarification regarding the location, biophysical attributes and protection of this species’ critical habitat. However, some details may be withheld to protect the species and its critical habitat.

June 19, 2015

SARAH COSGROVE
Acting Director
Species at Risk Management
Canadian Wildlife Service