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Description of critical habitat of the Maritime Ringlet in Forillon National Park of Canada

The Maritime Ringlet (Coenonympha nipisiquit) is a species listed in Schedule 1 to the Species at Risk Act as endangered. Critical habitat for the Maritime Ringlet is identified within the final Recovery Strategy for the Maritime Ringlet (Coenonympha nipisiquit) in Canada.

Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to subsection 58(2) of the Species at Risk Act, critical habitat of the Maritime Ringlet (Coenonympha nipisiquit) in Forillon National Park of Canada is located within the following site, save and except any anthropogenic structures (e.g. roads, rights-of-way, piers) and any area that does not possess the biophysical attributes of a suitable salt marsh. The parcel number is based on the unique Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) species identification number for Maritime Ringlet (304), and critical habitat parcel number. Further details regarding Maritime Ringlet critical habitat (including maps) can be found at the Species at Risk Public Registry Web site.

Generally, critical habitat is located within the salt marsh located in the Baie de Penouille, as identified on the National Topographic Series (NTS) Map 22A/16 (Edition 5, printed 2001). Specifically, within the geographical boundaries identified below, critical habitat includes salt marsh habitat with the following biological and physical attributes:

  • the habitat is located within estuaries or harbours fed by one or more river and stream systems;
  • the habitat contains a mosaic of plants used as hosts for oviposition and larval development (Salt-meadow Grass) as well as nectar sources for adults (Salt-water Cord Grass, Seaside Plantain, Sea Milkwort, Sea Lavender, Seaside Goldenrod, and Eged’s Silverweed); and
  • the habitat is separated from adjacent sand dunes, fresh water marshes or forests by a narrow zone of marsh edge vegetation more typical of drier upland habitats, including Common Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), Sow-thistle (Sonchus sp.), Glasswort (Salicornia spp.) and Sweet Gale (Myrica gale).
Site 304-1
  • Commencing at the point of latitude 48.8586° N and longitude 64.4382° W;
  • Thence, northeasterly in a straight line to a point at latitude 48.8601° N and longitude 64.4327° W;
  • Thence, easterly in a straight line to a point at latitude 48.8560° N and longitude 64.4126° W;
  • Thence, southwesterly in a straight line to a point at latitude 48.8531° N and longitude 64.4199° W;
  • Thence, westerly in a straight line to a point at latitude 48.8547° N and longitude 64.4377° W;
  • Thence, northerly to the point of commencement.

February 7, 2013

Field Unit Superintendent
Gaspésie Field Unit