Description of critical habitat of the Greater Sage-Grouse in Grasslands National Park of Canada

PARKS CANADA AGENCY

SPECIES AT RISK ACT

Description of critical habitat of the Greater Sage-Grouse in Grasslands National Park of Canada

The Greater Sage-Grouse (Prairie population) [Centrocercus urophasianus urophasianus] is a species listed on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act as endangered. Critical habitat for the Greater Sage-Grouse is identified within the Replacement of Section 2.6 of the Recovery Strategy for the Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus urophasianus) in Canada.

Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to subsection 58(2) of the Species at Risk Act, critical habitat of the Greater Sage-Grouse in Grasslands National Park of Canada is described as active leks (locations where at least one displaying male Sage-Grouse has been observed since the spring of 2000) within the following five sites save and except existing infrastructure (e.g. roads). All coordinates refer to the North American Datum of 1983, Zone 13. Further details regarding Greater Sage-Grouse critical habitat (including maps) can be found at the Species at RiskPublic Registry Web site. Site numbers are based on the unique Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) species identification number for the Greater Sage-Grouse (305), and lek critical habitat parcel number.

Within the identified geographical boundaries, the biophysical attributes of lek critical habitat include the following: open areas of sparse vegetation, widely spaced sagebrush, very limited noise disturbance, limited human presence, and limited presence of artificial perches and nest sites for avian predators of Sage-Grouse.

Site 305_LEK_15

Being all that parcel of land in the northwest quarter of Section 6, Township 3, Range 12, West of the 3rd Meridian,

Commencing at a point at Northing 5451453 metres and Easting 309736 metres;

Thence, 169° in a straight line to a point at Northing 5451271 metres and Easting 309770 metres;

Thence, 196° in a straight line to a point at Northing 5451099 metres and Easting 309721 metres;

Thence, 247° in a straight line to a point at Northing 5451026 metres and Easting 309550 metres;

Thence, 303° in a straight line to a point at Northing 5451139 metres and Easting 309378 metres;

Thence, 352° in a straight line to a point at Northing 5451360 metres and Easting 309348 metres;

Thence, 24° in a straight line to a point at Northing 5451517 metres and Easting 309417 metres;

Thence, 69° in a straight line to a point at Northing 5451576 metres and Easting 309574 metres;

Thence, 127° in a straight line to the point of commencement.

Site 305_LEK_18

Being all that parcel of land in the east half of Section 10, Township 1, Range 6, West of the 3rd Meridian,

Commencing at a point at Northing 5431236 metres and Easting 373731 metres;

Thence, 72° in a straight line to a point at Northing 5431333 metres and Easting 374032 metres;

Thence, 119° in a straight line to a point at Northing 5431200 metres and Easting 374274 metres;

Thence, 177° in a straight line to a point at Northing 5430778 metres and Easting 374298 metres;

Thence, 216° in a straight line to a point at Northing 5430524 metres and Easting 374117 metres;

Thence, 266° in a straight line to a point at Northing 5430500 metres and Easting 373791 metres;

Thence, 302° in a straight line to a point at Northing 5430657 metres and Easting 373537 metres;

Thence, 358° in a straight line to a point at Northing 5430995 metres and Easting 373525 metres;

Thence, 40° in a straight line to the point of commencement.

Site 305_LEK_19

Being all that parcel of land in the west half of Section 12, Township 1, Range 6, West of the 3rd Meridian,

Commencing at a point at Northing 5430983 metres and Easting 376518 metres;

Thence, 285° in a straight line to a point at Northing 5431055 metres and Easting 376240 metres;

Thence, 326° in a straight line to a point at Northing 5431345 metres and Easting 376047 metres;

Thence, 15° in a straight line to a point at Northing 5431610 metres and Easting 376120 metres;

Thence, 55° in a straight line to a point at Northing 5431755 metres and Easting 376325 metres;

Thence, 101° in a straight line to a point at Northing 5431683 metres and Easting 376699 metres;

Thence, 158° in a straight line to a point at Northing 5431477 metres and Easting 376783 metres;

Thence, 184° in a straight line to a point at Northing 5431140 metres and Easting 376759 metres;

Thence, 237° in a straight line to the point of commencement.

Site 305_LEK_20

Being all that parcel of land in the northeast quarter of Section 34, Township 2, Range 12, West of the 3rd Meridian,

Commencing at a point at Northing 5449569 metres and Easting 315760 metres;

Thence, 61° in a straight line to a point at Northing 5449610 metres and Easting 315834 metres;

Thence, 90° in a straight line to a point at Northing 5449611 metres and Easting 316210 metres;

Thence, 158° in a straight line to a point at Northing 5449490 metres and Easting 316258 metres;

Thence, 178° in a straight line to a point at Northing 5449375 metres and Easting 316263 metres;

Thence, 201° in a straight line to a point at Northing 5449270 metres and Easting 316223 metres;

Thence, 261° in a straight line to a point at Northing 5449240 metres and Easting 316036 metres;

Thence, 304° in a straight line to a point at Northing 5449429 metres and Easting 315754 metres;

Thence, 3° in a straight line to the point of commencement.

Site 305_LEK_23

Being all that parcel of land in the southwest quarter of Section 4, Township 1, Range 10, West of the 3rd Meridian,

Commencing at a point at Northing 5430692 metres and Easting 332093 metres;

Thence, 166° in a straight line to a point at Northing 5430519 metres and Easting 332135 metres;

Thence, 195° in a straight line to a point at Northing 5430343 metres and Easting 332086 metres;

Thence, 216° in a straight line to a point at Northing 5430193 metres and Easting 331975 metres;

Thence, 2° in a straight line to a point at Northing 5430832 metres and Easting 331995 metres;

Thence, 145° in a straight line to the point of commencement.

December 22, 2009

MICHAEL CASWELL
Acting Field Unit Superintendent
South Saskatchewan Field Unit

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