Funding Available for On-Farm Protection of Species At Risk

The Species At Risk Farm Incentive Program (SARFIP) assists with on-farm practices that contribute to healthy and diverse wildlife habitat and is now available for 2012 projects. SARFIP is administered by your Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) with funding from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR) and the Government of Canada.

Eligible projects may include:

  • alternative watering systems for livestock
  • riparian buffer strips
  • fencing to protect environmentally sensitive areas
  • native grass habitat restoration
  • cross-fencing for rotational grazing
  • improved stream crossings
  • management to enhance wildlife survival
  • wetland restoration
  • actions for species at risk
  • erosion control structures in riparian areas
  • invasive plant species control
  • establishment of shelterbelts or windbreaks
  • reforestation (block planting)
  • grazing management planning
  • soil erosion control planning
  • biodiversity enhancement planning
  • riparian health assessment

Eligible projects will:

  • qualify for 50% or 80% up to the category caps
  • have invoices dated between April 1 and December 15, 2012
  • be completed with a final claim submission before December 15, 2012
  • be included in your "deemed appropriate" 3rd edition Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) since 2005
  • meet all requirements as detailed in the SARFIP 2012-2013 brochure

SARFIP brochures and information are available at http://www.ontariosoilcrop.org/en/programs/species_at_risk.htm.