Preser­va­tion and pro­tec­tion

Town and prov­ince sign Mu­nic­i­pal Habi­tat Stew­ard­ship Agree­ment; fo­cus on Bot­tom Brook Es­tu­ary

The Pilot - - Front Page - BY KAREN WELLS

LEWIS­PORTE, NL — For sev­eral years now there has been an ef­fort un­der­way by the Town of Lewis­porte to es­tab­lish a Mu­nic­i­pal Habi­tat Stew­ard­ship Agree­ment.

Those ef­forts have paid off as last Wed­nes­day the Town joined with the Depart­ment of Fish­eries and Land Re­sources by sign­ing the agree­ment that will help pro­tect valu­able wet­land and coastal habi­tats lo­cated in the com­mu­nity.

Lewis­porte is the 39th com­mu­nity in the prov­ince to have en­tered into such an agree­ment with the Prov­ince.

Sig­nage will be placed at Bot­tom Brook Es­tu­ary in Lewis­porte, rec­og­niz­ing that it is a man­age­ment unit of Mu­nic­i­pal Habi­tat Stew­ard­ship.

By en­ter­ing into the agree­ment, the Town and Prov­ince agree to sev­eral things, in­clud­ing the pro­tec­tion of wet­lands for wa­ter­fowl and other wildlife.

Out­go­ing Lewis­porte Mayor Brian Sce­viour spoke of the ded­i­ca­tion of those in­volved to see the agree­ment be­come a re­al­ity. He also re­ferred to the four goals of the agree­ment (see re­lated side­bar in­for­ma­tion).

“These are goals we found as coun­cil we could sup­port,” he said.

Sce­viour noted his pride in the town, and the hope that the agree­ment in­creases the ben­e­fits for wildlife.

Lewis­porte-Twillingate MHA Derek Ben­nett noted that the sign­ing of the agree­ment is an im­por­tant first step in meet­ing and keep­ing the goals it con­tains and in be­ing re­spon­si­ble stew­ards for the en­vi­ron­ment.

“I am pleased that the Town of Lewis­porte has joined the many com­mu­ni­ties across our prov­ince com­mit­ted to habi­tat con­ser­va­tion and en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship,” Ben­nett said. “En­ter­ing into such an im­por­tant agree­ment will en­sure wet­land and coastal habi­tats in this area are pro­tected for res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to en­joy for many years to come.”

Fish­eries and Land Re­sources Min­is­ter Gerry Byrne said that wildlife is the soul of New­found­land and Labrador.

“And habi­tat is the heart­beat of wildlife,” Byrne said.

The Min­is­ter noted the im­por­tance of the agree­ment in send­ing a sig­nal to­day and to fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

“We do have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect our wildlife re­sources,” he said. “One of the best ways to do that is habi­tat pro­tec­tion… we are here to do some­thing im­por­tant — not just for to­day, but some­thing per­ma­nent.”

Ducks Un­lim­ited ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Paul Wood was noted for his in­put into the process to achieve the agree­ment.

“This (Bot­tom Brook Es­tu­ary) is one of the best bird­watch­ing ar­eas I know of in the prov­ince,” Wood said. “This is a great place to have pro­tected.”


The Town of Lewis­porte signed be­came the 39th town in New­found­land and Labrador to sign a mu­nic­i­pal habi­tat stew­ard­ship agree­ment with the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment on Wed­nes­day. Tak­ing part in the sign­ing were Mayor-Elect Betty Clarke (stand­ing, left), Lewis­porte-Twillingate MHA Derek Ben­nett (stand­ing, right), out­go­ing Mayor Brian Sce­viour, (seated, left) and Fish­eries and Land Re­sources Min­is­ter Gerry Byrne.


This poster shows the area of Bot­tom Brook Es­tu­ary that is in­cluded in the mu­nic­i­pal habi­tat stew­ard­ship agree­ment.

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