Salmonier River Conservation Project
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
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).