Fisherman on the Salmonier River in the Avalon Peninsula, NL (Photo by Trevor Nickerson)

Fisherman on the Salmonier River in the Avalon Peninsula, NL (Photo by Trevor Nickerson)

Salmonier River Conservation Project

NCC Program Manager, Lanna Campbell and Polly in the Avalon Peninsula, NL (Photo by Trevor Nickerson)

NCC Program Manager, Lanna Campbell and Polly in the Avalon Peninsula, NL (Photo by Trevor Nickerson)

The Salmonier River Conservation Project

The Salmonier River Conservation Project represents a new area for the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) NL. Located on the Island of Newfoundland’s Avalon Penisula, the Project is situated northeast of the community of Mount Carmel-Mitchells Brook-St. Catherines.

The Salmonier River area is an important area ecologically for a number of reasons. A largely intact landscape, the forest consists primarily of stands of balsam fir with interspersed white and yellow birch. This unique forest habitat also has a high diversity of lichens, believed to be unmatched when compared with the boreal forests of the rest of Canada. Many of these species are uncommon, declining or at risk worldwide, such as the endangered Atlantic population of boreal felt lichen. The Salmonier River itself is bordered by valuable freshwater wetland habitat, and is a provincially designated salmon river with a healthy population of wild Atlantic salmon.

Our vision for the Salmonier River Conservation Project

Once private lands are acquired, the Nature Conservancy of Canada will be working on property monitoring and inventory work as we develop detailed property management plans. NCC will continue reaching out to willing landowners along the east side of the Salmonier River to discuss conservation options for additional parcels of land on this unique landscape.

All lands that NCC currently owns and will acquire as part of the Salmonier Conservation Project will continue to be accessible to the public. All legal hunting and fishing is permitted, as well as continued access to traditionally used trails

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has started Phase 2 of the Salmonier River Conservation Project. We are raising funds to acquire and protect an additional two properties totaling 278 acres (112 hectares) northeast of the community of Mount Carmel-Mitchells Brook-St. Catherines, roughly a one-hour drive from St. John's on the Avalon Peninsula.

The properties are located in NCC’s Fog Forest Natural Area.

Donors who have contributed to the Salmonier Conservation Project so far include:

The Government of Canada, through the Natural Areas Conservation Program; TD Forests; Bishops College High School; and other local donors and supporters

Learn more

For additional information on the Salmonier River Conservation Project and how you can help, please contact NCC Program Director Lanna Campbell at Lanna.Campbell@natureconservancy.ca or by phone at 1-877-231-4400 (toll-free).

12 comments

  • Trouting girl March 10, 2016 - 4:29
    We have a cabin in the area of Murphy's Waters...how will this affect us and our access to it. We currently use a side by side and cross the river to get into it.

  • Anonymous January 22, 2016 - 1:16
    whoever told you guys that there's 200 days of fog in this area? There's no place in the bay that has 200 days of fog,there seems to be some misinformation about that.

  • Mountain Man January 10, 2016 - 4:30
    I know this land very well. Maybe even better then most locals. Anyone who has hiked that land knows how much damage the quads and bikes have done. There is much of that land destroyed by quads and similar traffic. The people who protest this conservation project for the most part use quads and bikes to access hunting grounds closer to the reserve and to access various illegal cabins peppered through out this purposed land and adjacent lands to it. There is much poaching in that area, I have been hiking in the area many times hearing gun shot blasts at a distance well out of hunting season. If these people no longer have access via quad or the like these activities will slow dramatically simply due to the fact they would have to walk and very few hunters and illegal cabin owners would walk that distance through the muddy sloppy mess there quads have made. Many times i have hiked through this purposed land and almost cried at the mess . If the bike traffic stopped today it would take 100's of years to repair the damage.

  • jr January 09, 2016 - 7:57
    The development should not be within 500 meters of any river system

  • Anonymous August 04, 2015 - 8:53
    Thank You

  • HJD June 23, 2015 - 5:03
    Fantastic news! I live in Salmonier and I am delighted with this initiative by the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Well done!

  • ATLcomms April 02, 2015 - 12:14
    Hi Wild Bill, Thanks for your comments on our website. I have brought your note to the attention of our Program Director in Newfoundland and Labrador. The St. John's office of the Nature Conservancy of Canada will contact you at the e-mail address you provided. Thanks again for reaching out to us.

  • Wild Bill or Bunnyman March 31, 2015 - 9:02
    i have a place in that area and a cabin in Murphy's Waters...t

  • Anonymous January 21, 2015 - 12:29
    Good afternoon Lar, Thank you for your inquiry and your comments. Please contact Lanna Campbell, NL's program manager, who can help you with your inquiry. Her phone number is (709) 753-5540. Thank you.

  • Lar January 03, 2015 - 5:59
    This area appears to be the area called the Flats in St. Catherine's section of the Town of St. Catherine's-Mount Carmel-Mitchell's Brook also know as the Head. I believe there may be rare stands of Yellow Birch across the river. Has the Town Council been approached for support. Is the property owner aware of the intentions of the Conservancy? This land to my knowledge is privately owned (except perhaps the river).

  • Anonymous December 17, 2014 - 11:31
    Good afternoon, Thank you for your inquiry and your comments. Please contact Lanna Campbell, NL's program manager, who can help you with your inquiry. Her phone number is (709) 753-5540. Thank you.

  • Anonymous December 15, 2014 - 12:59
    I wonder if there is a map of the area you wish to acquire. I believe this area is being threatened, and significant development is planned in future. I have a cottage off Salmonier Line, and already notice changes in wildlife, particularly the loon and moose.

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