Description of critical habitat of the Blanding’s Turtle in Kejimkujik National Park of Canada

The Blanding’s Turtle (Emydoidea blandingii), Nova Scotia population, is a species listed on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act as endangered. The Blanding’s Turtle is a mediumsized freshwater turtle readily distinguished by its bright yellow throat and chin. The Recovery Strategy for the Blanding’s Turtle (Emydoidea blandingii), Nova Scotia Population, in Canada (www.sararegistry.gc.ca/species/speciesDetails_e.cfm?sid=276) 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 this publication, to the critical habitat of the Blanding’s Turtle, Nova Scotia population -- identified in the recovery strategy for that species in the Species at Risk Public Registry -- that is located within the following federally protected area: Kejimkujik National Park of Canada, whose boundaries are described in Schedule 1 of the Canada National Parks Act. For greater certainty, the location of critical habitat parcels within this national park is indicated on the high-resolution map of critical habitat associated with the species’ recovery strategy.

April 9, 2014

ÉRIC LE BEL
Acting Field Unit Superintendent
Mainland Nova Scotia Field Unit