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ACT NOW TO I.D. CRITICAL AQUATIC HABITATS:



ACT NOW TO I.D. CRITICAL AQUATIC HABITATS: 

 As part of the
1998 State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference,
Environment Canada and the U.S. EPA are compiling a
database and preliminary priority list of Aquatic
Biodiversity Investment Areas throughout the Great
Lakes.  Organizers are asking for  recommendations from
anyone knowledgeable about particular locations that
fit certain criteria.  Broadly, criteria outlined on
the candidate questionnaire form include 1) structural
features - such as tributary, reef, wetland, island,
shoreland, and several others, and 2) ecologic values -
including biodiversity, productivity, connectivity, and
endangered species habitat.  A separate questionnaire
form must be forwarded for each site recommended. 
There is no stated deadline for submissions other than
"soon" so that a preliminary list can be developed for
SOLEC '98 this October.  Organizers hope to obtain
recommendations from as many sources as possible so
that valuable sites are not overlooked.  Contact Dr.
Heather Morrison at (905) 336-4497; <morrisonh@dfo-
mpo.gc.ca> or contact GLU for a copy of the
questionnaire form. glu@glu.org

Provided by: 
GL Habitat Watch is produced by GLU's Biodiversity and
Habitat Protection Task Force. The task force is
committed to protecting natural areas, resources and
strong conservation laws in the face of "wise use"
efforts.   Please send stories to Andy Frank via phone:
(716) 886-0142; fax: (716) 886-0303; or e-mail:
andy@glu.org.