Brothers to donate property next to Barachois Pond Provincial Park
Nature Conservancy of Canada raising funds to complete project
In memory of their father, Fred and Ralph Carter will donate 79 hectares (195 acres) of land near Stephenville to the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). The property borders one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s most popular provincial parks — Barachois Pond Provincial Park — and includes 2.3 kilometres of river frontage on Barachois Brook. As well as being a scheduled salmon river, Barachois Brook and the surrounding area provide habitat for fox, snowshoe hare, pine marten, black bear and more than 100 species of birds.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada is actively fundraising to secure the final $28,000 needed to complete the Barachois Brook conservation project. It will be matched by Environment and Climate Change Canada under the Natural Areas Conservation Program.
“This is a beautiful place, an extraordinary wildlife habitat and an incredible gift to the community. At the Nature Conservancy of Canada we are grateful to the Carter family for working with us to ensure their Barachois Brook property is conserved for all to enjoy,” says Megan Lafferty, NCC’s acting Newfoundland and Labrador program director. “This conservation project will protect habitat for many wildlife species, including the provincially threatened pine marten, and will expand the area enjoyed by the many users of Barachois Pond Provincial Park.”
The Carter brothers are making this gift in memory of their father, Fred Carter, who received the land as a christening gift in 1927. Carter was an avid outdoorsman and salmon fisherman who enjoyed spending time in his cabin on the land, and has a salmon pool nearby named for him.
“Dad grew up on this land, and spent much time at the cabin with his hunting and fishing partner Dick Banfield. He would have wanted everyone to enjoy this beautiful land the same way, and my brother and I are proud to make this possible through the donation to the Nature Conservancy of Canada,” said Fred Carter Jr.
The Carter property is being donated to NCC through the federal government’s Ecological Gifts program, which provides tax incentives for donations of ecologically significant land. In this case, it is a partial donation, because half of the value of the land will be refunded.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada protects several thousand acres of wildlife habitat on the west coast, including Sandy Point Nature Reserve, the Grasses Nature Reserve and the Grand Codroy Estuary Nature Reserve.
Donations in support of this conservation project can be made by calling the Nature Conservancy of Canada in St John’s at 1-709-753-5540.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is the nation’s leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped to protect more than 1.1 million hectares (2.8 million acres), coast to coast. To learn more, visit natureconservancy.ca.
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