Barachois Brook Nature Reserve, NL (Photo by Aiden Mahoney)

Barachois Brook Nature Reserve, NL (Photo by Aiden Mahoney)

Brothers entrust Stephenville land to Nature Conservancy of Canada

August 17, 2018
Stephenville, NL


New nature reserve borders Barachois Pond Provincial Park

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has established a 79-hectare (195-acre) nature reserve bordering Barachois Pond Provincial Park, near Stephenville. The new reserve features a mix of white spruce, black spruce and balsam fir  forest, a variety of wetlands, and surrounds just over two kilometres of Barachois Brook, an Atlantic salmon river. The Barachois Brook Nature Reserve was announced today by NCC staff and Gudie Hutchings, Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains.

The nature reserve is located in an area that provides habitat for fox, snowshoe hare, black bear and dozens of species of birds, including ruffed grouse, black-and-white warbler and Swainson’s thrush. The American marten (Newfoundland population), a threatened species protected under Canada’s Species at Risk Act, is also found in the area.

The riverside property was entrusted to NCC by brothers Fred and Ralph Carter, in memory of their father, Fred Carter Sr., an avid salmon fisherman. Fred Carter Sr. received the land as a christening gift in 1927 and enjoyed spending time in his cabin on the property. A portion of the property was donated by the Carter brothers, and the remainder was purchased by the Nature Conservancy of Canada. As with the majority of its nature reserves, the Nature Conservancy of Canada will allow public access for recreational and traditional uses.

Conservation of this property was made possible with funding from the Government of Canada, through the Natural Areas Conservation Program. A portion of the property was donated to NCC through the Government of Canada’s Ecological Gifts Program, which provides enhanced tax incentives for individuals or corporations donating ecologically significant land.

Support for this project was also provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. NCC protects several thousand acres on the west coast of Newfoundland, including the Sandy Point Nature Reserve, the Grasses Nature Reserve, Crabbe’s River Nature Reserve and the Grand Codroy Estuary Nature Reserve.


“This is a beautiful place and an incredible gift to the community. We, at the Nature Conservancy of Canada, are thrilled to work with the Carter family to ensure their Barachois Brook property is conserved for all to enjoy. This conservation project will protect habitat for many wildlife species and will expand the area enjoyed by users of Barachois Pond Provincial Park. We are honoured to have the Carter brothers entrust us with their property, and are grateful for the support of the Government of Canada and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.”

Megan Lafferty, Newfoundland and Labrador Acting Program Director, Nature Conservancy of Canada

“On behalf of my colleague Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, I want to congratulate the Nature Conservancy of Canada on conserving this beautiful wildlife habitat in Newfoundland. This is an excellent example of how our government, through the Natural Areas Conservation Program and the Ecological Gifts Program, enables the protection of habitat for species at risk and the conservation of Canada’s treasured natural spaces.”

Gudie Hutchings, Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains

“One of our father’s greatest pleasures was fly fishing and spending time on the land where his cabin stood nestled beside Barachois Brook. Our father, Fred Carter Sr., and his hunting friend, Dick Banfield, shared many memories there.  Dad would be so pleased that this beautiful place and land will be preserved forever for everyone to share and enjoy. We are proud to honour our father’s memory through our donation to the Nature Conservancy of Canada.”

Ralph Carter and Fred Carter Jr.


The Nature Conservancy of Canada 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. The Nature Conservancy of Canada has conserved more than 30,000 hectares (74,000 acres) in Atlantic Canada. To learn more, visit

The Government of Canada's Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP) is a unique public-private partnership to accelerate the pace of land conservation across southern Canada. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) manages the program. Federal funds are matched by contributions raised by NCC and its partners. Habitat conserved under the NACP enhances natural corridors and other protected areas.

Canada’s Ecological Gifts Program provides a way for Canadians with ecologically sensitive land to protect nature and leave a legacy for future generations. Made possible by the terms of the Income Tax Act of Canada and the Taxation Act in Quebec, it offers significant tax benefits to landowners who donate land or a partial interest in land to a qualified recipient. Recipients ensure that the land’s biodiversity and environmental heritage are conserved in perpetuity.

To learn more about the Ecological Gifts Program:;

Learn More
Follow us on Twitter:  |
Find us on Facebook

- 30 -

Media Contact:

Kathryn Morse
Director of Communications - Atlantic Provinces

Supporter Spotlight

Renew your support for 2020