Species at Risk

Water-pennywort

Hydrocotyle umbellata

Quick Facts

Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site is actively involved in recovery actions, research, public education and partnerships to help protect and promote this rare plant and its habitat.












What is Parks Canada doing to help water-pennywort?

To protect the water-pennywort, Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site is actively involved in recovery actions, research, public education and partnerships.

Recovery Actions

A park warden ropes off water-pennywort habitat to protect it.
© Parks Canada / Colleen Anderson / 2002

All water-pennywort habitat within Kejimkujik receives the highest level of protection. Within these areas of special protection, no development or recreational activities may occur.

Where water-pennywort grows near beaches and campgrounds, its habitat is fenced off and signs are posted to inform visitors of the importance of these sensitive areas. Trails along the lakeshore are designed so that visitors can see the lakeshore habitats and plants without trampling them. The National Recovery and Conservation Action Plan of Hydrocotyle umbellata (water-pennywort) is currently being developed for this species that outlines long term objectives for future recovery actions.

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Research

Research and monitoring within Kejimkujik allow for a better understanding of this plant's biology, and how Parks Canada can protect it. In cooperation with the Université de Moncton and the Centre of Geographic Sciences in Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia, a number of field studies are being conducted to determine the present and historic distribution of water-pennywort. These studies will also help us understand the genetic diversity and special habitat requirements of this plant as well as its response to environmental change. This information will be important for protecting water-pennywort and its habitat in the future.

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Public Education

Parks Canada interpreters engage visitors by presenting guided programs in Kejimkujik about the natural history, habitat, and protection of the water-pennywort. The aim of these programs is to help people develop an appreciation and respect for the species.

A park interpreter gives a guided walk on water-pennywort.
© Parks Canada / Peter Hope / 1994

Kejimkujik also offers a variety of information to help people learn about water-pennywort, other coastal plain flora, and species at risk in southwest Nova Scotia . This includes interpretive signs, videos, Web sites, brochures, and more. Programs are also delivered to local schools to better their understanding of species at risk and rare plants.

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Working with Partners

The Atlantic Coastal Plain Flora Recovery Team is completing a recovery and action plan for water-pennywort and is recommending actions to improve the conservation, recovery and management of this species. This plan will itemize and define protection strategies for water-pennywort both within and beyond the Park boundaries.

Parks Canada is a member of the recovery team, which consists of a variety of representatives, including:

  • the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources ;
  • the Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Labour;
  • the Nova Scotia Nature Trust;
  • the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History;
  • Acadia University;
  • l'Université de Moncton;
  • St. Mary's University;
  • the Centre of Geographic Studies;
  • the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre;
  • local museums;
  • private landowners, and
  • the interested public.