Beau­ti­ful beach

Vol­un­teers help re­move 1,600 pounds of garbage

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - Front Page - BY MAR­TINE BLUE mar­tineblue­[email protected]

Vol­un­teers re­move 1600 pounds of garbage from Sandy Point Beach dur­ing 6th an­nual Na­ture Conservancy of Canada cleanup.

A whop­ping 12 cu­bic yards of garbage (1,600 pounds) was re­moved from Sandy Point Beach on Satur­day, Sept. 15.

A team of 21 vol­un­teers, staff mem­bers from the Na­ture Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and five lo­cal helpers with ATVs to move some of the heav­ier garbage, worked for over three hours to bring the beach back to its nat­u­ral, pris­tine, lit­ter free state.

It takes a vil­lage to re­store a beach, so or­ga­niz­ers from NCC also en­listed the help of Bara­chois Search and Res­cue and fish har­vesters Lo­gan and Lim­bert Young to pro­vide boat trans­porta­tion to the is­land. Con­tainer­ized San­i­ta­tion do­nated a dump­ster. Fund­ing for the cleanup was pro­vided by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment through the Nat­u­ral Ar­eas Con­ser­va­tion Pro­gram and the TD Friends of the En­vi­ron­ment Foun­da­tion.

The NCC con­served 67 acres on Sandy Point, an is­land and site of a re­set­tled com­mu­nity in St. George’s Bay. The 2,471-acre is­land con­tains sand dunes and salt marches, fea­tures that are un­com­mon to the prov­ince and are im­por­tant nest­ing habi­tats for nu­mer­ous bird species. Over the last five years over 3,000 pounds of garbage have been re­moved from Sandy Point.

Julie Lawler, N.L. stew­ard­ship as­sis­tant for NCC said the re­moval of garbage is an im­por­tant en­deavor.

“It pre­vents plas­tics and other waste from break­ing apart in the ocean, but it also helps pre­vent wildlife from in­gest­ing the garbage or get­ting en­tan­gled in it,” she said.

The Na­ture Conservancy of Canada’s N.L. branch or­ga­nized four vol­un­teer events this year, in­clud­ing bird counts and tree plant­ing. Lawler says be­com­ing in­volved in their events of­fers many ben­e­fits.

“It’s great to get peo­ple out on the land and to feel con­nected to nat­u­ral ar­eas,” Lawler said. “It also gives peo­ple the abil­ity to par­take in con­ser­va­tion and stew­ard­ship, to lend a help­ing hand, it builds friend­ships and it’s great to look back on the won­der­ful work that we did to­gether.”

The or­ga­ni­za­tion’s fi­nal event in N.L. will be the Co­droy Val­ley fall bird sur­vey held in Up­per Ferry on Satur­day, Sept. 22.

NA­TURE CONSERVANCY OF CANADA

Vol­un­teers gather to help clean up Sandy Point Beach on Satur­day, Sept. 15.

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