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Lakefront property owner, Blenheim company both plead guilty

 Daily News staff

Fowler's toad (Getty Images)

Fowler's toad (Getty Images)

Bulldozing a sand dune on waterfront property in Erieau, resulted in fines being levied against a Port Carling man and a Blenheim contracting company for damaging Fowler's toad habitat.

Both Robert Parsons and R.E.D. Bulldozing Service, Ltd. pleaded guilty to damaging the habitat of an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), according to a media release from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

Each were fined $1,000.

The case was heard in the Ontario Court of Justice in Chatham on June 13.

The media release stated the court heard in May 2017 the company, working on behalf of Parsons, used heavy equipment to regrade and level the surface of a waterfront property in the village of Erieau.

The sandy beach in this area is considered habitat for the Fowler's toad, stated the MNRF.

“The regrading altered and partially removed a sandy dune feature, compacting the sand and impairing the species' use of the area,” the ministry stated.

The Fowler's toad receives species and habitat protection under the ESA.

The ministry reminds landowners to consult their local MNRF district office to obtain any approvals needed prior to conducting work in species at risk habitat areas.

More information on species at risk and permit approvals is available online at www.ontario.ca/speciesatrisk.



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