Columbia International College of Canada

Bark Lake Cottage Development EIS and Species at Risk Permitting

Innovate development of an overall benefit plan for species at risk

PECG is currently in the process of obtaining a multi-species Overall Benefit Permit under Section 17(2)(c) of the Endangered Species Act (Ontario) for reconstruction of a 4 km roadway and cottage community development. The existing road traverses through habitat for Blanding’s Turtle and Eastern Hog-nosed Snake with confirmed wildlife movement corridors. Mitigation measures include wildlife barrier fencing and four crossing structures that function to provide surface flow between wetlands and wildlife movement.

As part of the ESA permit, effectiveness monitoring of the protection and mitigation measures is a critical component of the project as required by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. The negotiation of Overall Benefit measures included long-term monitoring of the effective function of the wildlife barrier and crossing structures, the habitat enhancement, and design of a wildlife crossing along a separate municipal roadway.