Province needs strat­egy for pro­tected ar­eas now

The Compass - - Editorial - Dou­glas Bal­lam is Na­ture New­found­land and Labrador›s pres­i­dent

Na­ture New­found­land and Labrador ap­plauds the sign­ing of ste­ward­ship agree­ments be­tween the Gov­ern­ment of New­found­land and Labrador and the Town of Centreville-Ware­ham-Trin­ity and the Town of Pouch Cove.

The first agree­ment will pro­tect more than 5,000 acres of wet­land nest­ing and stag­ing habi­tats for ducks and other wa­ter­fowl. The agree­ment with the Town of Pouch Cove will also see more than 600 acres of wet­land and coast­line that will pro­tect sen­si­tive wildlife habi­tat for a va­ri­ety of wa­ter­fowl, shore­bird, seabird and songbird pop­u­la­tions, while also of­fer­ing en­hanced pro­tec­tion for parts of the East Coast Trail.

These are im­por­tant ad­di­tions to the ex­cel­lent Mu­nic­i­pal Ste­ward­ship Pro­gram. These com­mu­ni­ties join nearly 40 other mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties that have signed ste­ward­ship agree­ments pro­tect­ing nearly 41,900 acres.

As im­por­tant as these new ini­tia­tives are, how­ever, this province needs to ac­cel­er­ate the es­tab­lish­ment of pro­tected ar­eas through the re­lease and im­ple­men­ta­tion of a pro­tected ar­eas strat­egy. Ev­ery province ex­cept New­found­land and Labrador has re­leased their strate­gies, some more than 20 years ago.

Na­ture NL calls upon the cur­rent gov­ern­ment to meet their elec­tion com­mit­ment and re­lease our lon­gover­due pro­tected ar­eas strat­egy.

Ev­ery province ex­cept New­found­land and Labrador has re­leased their strate­gies, some more than 20 years ago.

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