Hermitage Property in the Grand Codroy Valley, NL (Photo by NCC)

Hermitage Property in the Grand Codroy Valley, NL (Photo by NCC)

Nature Conservancy of Canada protects outstanding wildlife habitat in the Codroy Valley

March 31, 2017
Corner Brook, Newfoundland And Labrador

 

Group expands conservation near internationally recognized wetland


The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is pleased to announce that it has protected 61 hectares (150 acres) of wetland and forested wildlife habitat in the renowned Codroy Valley. As a recognized Important Bird Area (IBA), the Codroy Valley supports one of the most diverse populations of birds in Atlantic Canada and is a key annual stopover site for thousands of migratory birds.

Today’s announcement marks an important conservation anniversary for NCC in Newfoundland and Labrador: the charitable land trust conserved its first Codroy Valley property 20 years ago and, with the addition of this property, has helped protect 243 hectares (600 acres) of ecologically significant land in the area.

NCC’s new property is located along the Grand Codroy Estuary, near the community of Doyles, about 40 kilometres north of Channel-Port aux Basques. It features 37 hectares (92 acres) of mature forest, 23.5 hectares (58 acres) of valuable wetland habitat, including one of the largest bogs in the Codroy Valley, and half a kilometre of frontage on the Grand Codroy River. The property is located near the province’s only Ramsar site, a designation which recognizes wetlands of international importance for wildlife.

Many of Newfoundland and Labrador’s birds spend some or all of the year in the Grand Codroy Estuary: NCC staff and volunteers have recorded 71 different bird species in the area since 2013, including the endangered piping plover. The Codroy Valley is the only habitat in Newfoundland and Labrador for many bird species, making it a popular destination for birders. The property was entrusted to the Nature Conservancy of Canada by Derm Doyle, a resident of the Codroy Valley. A portion of this project was donated to NCC under the Government of Canada’s Ecological Gifts Program, which provides enhanced tax incentives for individuals or corporations donating ecologically significant land.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada seeks to acquire properties like this one in the Codroy Valley, which offer high value for both conservation and community recreation, in order to connect Canadians to their natural heritage. Birders, hikers and nature lovers can enjoy NCC’s newest nature reserve from the T’Railway, a walking trail that passes through the property.

This project was supported by funding from the Government of Canada through the Natural Areas Conservation Program and Ecological Gifts Program, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, along with other local donors and supporters.

Quotes

“We are thrilled to be able to protect this valuable bird habitat and add it to the land NCC has already helped conserve in the Codroy Valley. We would like to say a special thank you to Mr. Derm Doyle for entrusting this incredible property to the Nature Conservancy of Canada — for the benefit of wildlife and the community.” 
Lanna Campbell, Newfoundland and Labrador Program Director, Nature Conservancy of Canada

“On behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, I want to express our appreciation to the Nature Conservancy of Canada and its many donors for their ongoing work to protect migratory bird habitat in the Codroy Valley. The Government of Canada is proud to support their conservation efforts through the Natural Areas Conservation Program and the Ecological Gifts Program. Working together, we will conserve the natural beauty of this area for generations to come.”
Gudie Hutchings, Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains

Facts

•    The Grand Codroy River gathers water from the Long Range Mountains and Anguille Mountains in the southwest corner of the Island of Newfoundland. The moderate climate, protected shores, rolling fields and lush balsam fir forests give the Codroy Valley a rich biological diversity.

•    Important Bird Areas (IBAs) are identified as being globally important for the conservation of bird populations, using an internationally agreed-upon set of criteria. The program was developed and sites are identified by BirdLife International. Currently, there are more than 12,000 IBAs worldwide. 

•    The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, signed in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971, is an intergovernmental treaty that provides a framework for national action and international cooperation for conservation. There are only 37 Ramsar sites in Canada.

•    A 2016 North America-wide survey found that more than one-third of bird species are declining due to loss of habitat, climate change and other factors.

•    This project was completed under the auspices of the Eastern Habitat Joint Venture (EHJV). Since 1989, EHJV partners have been delivering wetland habitat conservation projects in Ontario, Quebec and the four Atlantic provinces, as part of the continental North American Waterfowl Management Plan, an international partnership with Canada, the United States and Mexico, to conserve wetlands for the benefit of waterfowl and migratory birds.


About

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is Canada’s leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization working to protect our most important natural areas and the plants and animals they sustain. Since 1962, NCC has helped protect more than 1.1 million hectares (2.8 million acres) across the country. The Nature Conservancy of Canada has conserved more than 28,700 hectares (more than 71,000 acres) in Atlantic Canada, including 5,261 hectares (13,000 acres) in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Government of Canada's Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP) is a unique partnership managed and directed by the Nature Conservancy of Canada. To date, the Government of Canada has invested $345 million in the NACP to ensure the conservation of our national heritage. Additionally, NCC and its partners have raised more than $500 million in matching contributions to invest in the program.

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