Area group a finalist in online competition
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.