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GNWT releases recovery strategy for rare hairy braya plant

The territorial government has put a strategy in place to make sure a rare northern plant doesn’t disappear.

Last week, the GNWT released a recovery strategy for the hairy braya, which was listed as a threatened species in February 2014.

It’s the first strategy of its kind to be developed and approved under the NWT’s Species at Risk Act.

The hairy braya is a rare flowering plant in the mustard family found only on the Cape Bathurst peninsula in the northernmost region of the territory.

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It was assessed and listed as a threatened species because of its small and shrinking range and declining populations.

Experts say the most serious threats to the hairy braya are rapid coastal erosion and the potential for storm surges to flood low-lying areas.

According to the NWT Species at Risk database, boreal caribou, peary caribou, northern leopard frogs and western toads are also identified as threatened species.

Dolphin and union caribou and polar bears are listed as species of special concern.

Authorities will now have nine months to reach a consensus agreement on implementation of the hairy braya recovery strategy.

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