Area group a fi­nal­ist in on­line com­pe­ti­tion

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The Salmon and Trout Restora­tion As­so­ci­a­tion of Con­cep­tion Bay Cen­tral Inc. (STRACC) has been cho­sen as one of five fi­nal­ists in the Jamieson Vi­ta­mins “Call for the Wild” on­line vot­ing con­test.

The as­so­ci­a­tion is Eastern Canada’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive in this na­tional con­test. Other fi­nal­ists in­clude the David Suzuki Foun­da­tion, Na­ture Saskatchewan, ARC, an injured wild an­i­mal re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tre in British Columbia, and an injured wild bird sanc­tu­ary in Quebec.

Some $100,000 in project fund­ing will be shared be­tween the fi­nal­ists based on the per­cent­age of the to­tal votes cast that each group gets. Vot­ing started Aug. 13, and ends Sept. 23.

STRACC is a small lo­cal group of just over 20 mem­bers, all of whom are vol­un­teers. Un­like other fi­nal­ists, STRACC has no paid staff, said Har­bour Main res­i­dent Arch Pitcher, the group’s founder and pres­i­dent.

STRACC does one ma­jor project each year, in ad­di­tion to its monthly pond and river cleanup, tree/reed plant­ing projects.

This year STRACC has part­nered with The Town of Holy­rood and the Sal­monid As­so­ci­a­tion of Eastern New­found­land (SAEN.org) to con­struct a pic­nic park with a road­side park­ing lot, walk­ing trails and an out­door class­room/in­ter­pre­ta­tive cen­tre in The North Arm River Project, lo­cated on the clos­est sched­uled salmon river to St.John’s.

The North Arm River in Holy­rood has had a se­ri­ous poach­ing prob­lem for many years, said Pitcher, so STRACC and SAEN mem­bers are try­ing to cur­tail poach­ing through ed­u­ca­tion of the youth and gen­eral pub­lic through pro­grams/in­for­ma­tion of­fered at the in­ter­pre­ta­tive cen­tre.

“We be­lieve that by hav­ing a busy park and walk­ing trails we can greatly re­duce poach­ing. A park is the most en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment of this riverside prop­erty,” Pitcher ex­plained. “Any and all funds de­rived from the on­line vot­ing con­test goes ex­clu­sively to The North Arm River Project.”

To sup­port STRACC in this on­line vot­ing con­test, visit www.face­book.com/STRACC and click onto the link.

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