Municipal Wetland Stewarship in Newfoundland and Labrador” Strengthening Progress, Broadening Support, 2015-16

Final Report: Municipal Wetland Stewarship in Newfoundland and Labrador” Strengthening Progress, Broadening Support, 2015-16

Goals and Objectives

Intervale, a nonprofit organization incorporated in Newfoundland and Labrador, with the help of member communities of the Stewardship Association of Municipalities (SAM) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Wildlife Division, will conduct a series of participatory planning sessions in five SAM member communities. The purpose will be to strengthen public engagement and guide local planning towards achieving NAWMP objectives for waterfowl, wetlands and related habitats, and growing public support.

 The goals of this project are:

  1. Heightened engagement in wetlands conservation by SAM member communities, in particular, with respect to NAWMP and NL EHJV priorities for:
    1. increasing populations of waterfowl and other birds;
    2. enhancing wildlife habitat; and
    3. increasing public awareness of and support for waterfowl and wetlands and related habitats.
  2. A community developed vision, set of strategic intents, and operational priorities for each participating community.
  3. Renewed commitment and plan of action for wetland habitat stewardship among SAM member communities, which engages local residents and is linked to NAWMP priorities.
  4. The creation of an empowered generation of leaders in communities of Newfoundland and Labrador who possess the knowledge, skills, and positive spirit to make informed decisions and take positive actions for the benefit of waterfowl populations, wetlands, and wildlife habitat.

 

Specific Habitat Products/Results Supported by WHC’s Contributions

The project will result in the following products:

  • information sheet for SAM members that describes the engagement process and helps them promote the public events, resulting in widespread promotion of the project in participating communities and participants well informed on the expectations of the public session;
  • project tools and outcomes that will be shared with participating communities: list of questions for one-on-one interviews, timeline of each community’s accomplishments generated from interviews and discussions, proposed conceptual diagram of community vision for conservation, logic model of newly planned outcomes, helpful performance indicators for measuring progress;
  • overview report on the project and its results, for WHC, NL EHJV, and possibly participants;
  • community-specific handbooks containing accomplishments, strategic intents, operational plans, tips, tracking forms, and list of resources, for participating communities; and
  • additional documents: Intervale will produce a summary of spring/summer waterfowl counts in the Grand Codroy Estuary and of outreach activities with residents of the Codroy Valley.

 

Benefits to Waterfowl, Wetland-Associated Species, and/or Other Wildlife

The project will work with a diversity of interest groups with the goal of increasing the numbers of waterfowl hunters, other conservationists, and citizens who enjoy and actively support waterfowl and wetlands conservation.

 

They will seek the participation of other users of waterfowl habitat, such as anglers, eel fishermen, trappers, birdwatchers, recreational boaters, dog walkers, and joggers. They will also focus also on landowners. Intervale Associates Inc. will make special effort to reach out to teachers and youth group leaders. During site visits they will attempt to speak with teachers and school officials to discuss ways to incorporate wetlands and wildlife education into the classroom and neighboring habitats. Intervale Associates Inc. will introduce them to resources such as Project Wild, Project Webfoot, and a SAM publication on how to develop an interpretive walking tour. They will help them link outdoor experiences with learning outcomes for Science and Social Studies. They will encourage them to make use of the extensive Newfoundland and Labrador environmental science curriculum, which contains lessons on wetlands, even though many schools currently are not able to offer the entire course to their students.

 

Relevance to Habitat Planning, Decision Making and/or Management

The project will work directly with members of the Stewardship Association of Municipalities (SAM) in Newfoundland and Labrador to help them achieve their objectives for conservation, restoration, or enhancement of their wildlife habitat. Through SAM membership, municipalities become more aware of valuable wildlife habitat within their jurisdictions. By joining forces with other municipalities and EHJV partners, they become empowered to conserve and enhance these habitats, much of which is represented by wetlands.

 Their intended outcomes for contributing to the conservation, restoration, or enhancement of habitat are as follows: 1. participants will articulate a vision for their community that incorporates a recognition of the value of their local wetlands and related habitats; 2. participants will identify three priority actions for strengthening conservation, restoration, or enhancement of habitat in their communities; and 3. participating communities will report on their planning work and how they intend to go forward, to members of their community and to the SAM membership.

 

Project Location

Location (Municipality / town / city): project headquarters is Doyles, NL; there will be five municipalities selected from more than 30 communities which are active in SAM.

Project Contact

For more information on this project, please contact Kathleen Blanchard, President of Intervale Associates Inc., Doyles, NL.