Nature Conservancy of Canada completes collaborative conservation plan for Avalon Peninsula
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has completed a new conservation plan for the Avalon Peninsula with the goal of protecting 1,600 acres (650 hectares) of wildlife habitat over the next 10 years. The plan was developed in collaboration with the Canadian Wildlife Service, Memorial University, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and the provincial departments of Fisheries, Forestry and Agrifoods, and Environment and Climate Change.
The Avalon Peninsula supports 18 federally listed species at risk and 16 provincially listed species at risk, such as the boreal felt lichen, red crossbill and rusty blackbird. The Avalon is also home to the most southern herd of woodland caribou in Canada, as well as one of the largest and most diverse seabird populations in North America.
In the conservation plan for the area, NCC staff and partners identified seven key species and ecosystem priorities for protection: freshwater wetlands, rivers and floodplains, mature boreal forest, barrens, coastal habitat, woodland caribou and colonial seabirds.
For the past year, NCC’s staff in Newfoundland and Labrador have been working with partners to develop a science-based conservation plan for the Avalon Peninsula, and to identify priority areas for conservation as well as areas for further study. Now that the plan is completed, NCC staff welcome inquiries from landowners who wish to see their properties on the Avalon Peninsula conserved permanently.
“We would like to thank our partners for their participation in this project. We are pleased so many groups are working toward a common vision for conservation on the Avalon Peninsula,” said Lanna Campbell, Newfoundland and Labrador program director for the Nature Conservancy of Canada. “I think we all take pride in Newfoundland and Labrador’s incredible wilderness. On the Avalon, we still have the opportunity to be proactive and conserve some of the best of what we have, not only for wildlife, but for our communities, for recreation and for future generations to enjoy. We look forward to talking with individuals and groups interested in helping us conserve these valuable wildlife habitats and special places.”
The Nature Conservancy of Canada is a charitable private land trust that has conserved or helped conserve more than 13,000 acres (5,200 hectares) in Newfoundland and Labrador, beginning in 1996. NCC’s first project on the Avalon, in conjunction with Ducks Unlimited Canada, the City of St. John’s, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and the NL Department of Environment and Climate Change, was the conservation of Lundrigan’s Marsh in 2001. One of NCC’s most well-known sites on the Avalon is located on the East Coast Trail, in the community of Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada’s work is made possible through the generous financial donations of individuals, families, businesses, foundations and other groups. NCC’s conservation projects are supported in part by Environment and Climate Change Canada through the Natural Areas Conservation Program. The Government of Canada also provides tax incentives to land owners wishing to donate ecologically significant properties for conservation.
• Total size of the Avalon Peninsula is 2,278,312 acres or 922,000 hectares.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada is the nation's leading 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 2.8 million acres (more than 1.1 million hectares), coast to coast. The Nature Conservancy of Canada has conserved more than 71,000 acres (28,000 hectares) in Atlantic Canada.
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