Nfld. & Labrador Coastal and Inland Freshwater Wetlands Stewardship and Conservation 2012-2013

Final Project Report: Newfoundland and Labrador Coastal and Inland Freshwater Wetlands Stewardship and Conservation, 2012-2013

Goals and Objectives

This program is a habitat securement and enhancement conservation initiative that partners with municipal governments,
landowners, resource users and industry to conserve wetlands, wetland associated uplands and coastal habitats to sustain
their associated waterfowl, seabird and seaduck populations. Its primary focus is to work to have municipal councils, staff
and residents publicly commit to take local responsibility for the stewardship and conservation of habitat and associated
wildlife within their municipal planning boundaries. This program has proven successful securing over 33,000 hectares of
wildlife habitat and positively influencing over 400,000 hectares since its inception in 1989.

The goals of this project are:

1) Sign new stewardship agreement(s) with NL municipalities and landowners to secure wetlands, associated uplands, and
coastal habitat, focusing on waterfowl, seabirds and sea ducks but also positively impacting other associated wildlife.

2) Provide and reinforce stewardship extension.

3) Provide Project Coordination
 

Activities

April 2012-March 2013: Conduct introductory meetings and presentations to municipal councils and landowners to determine
interest in signing a stewardship agreement. Conduct field assessments of potential areas to secure/influence via stewardship
agreements within municipal or landowner boundaries. Develop and present formal proposals to municipalities and/or landowners
which result in subsequent negotiation and potential signing of stewardship agreement(s).

April 2012-March 2013: Provide assistance to twenty-nine municipal signatories and multiple landowner signatories by supporting
field work, developing conservation plans for new partnering municipalities, assisting municipalities to incorporate the tenants of
stewardship agreements/conservation plans into ongoing municipal planning and providing support in development/land use decision
making in partner municipalities

April 2012-March 2013: The NL EHJV Program Manager will coordinate the planning, implementation and monitoring of this project to
ensure consistency with procedures, policies and plans of the EHJV/NAWMP

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

The stewardship and conservation of wildlife habitat within their municipal planning boundaries.

Relevance to Habitat Planning, Decision Making and/or Management

In NL developments with a footprint less than 10 hectares are normally not required to undergo an environmental assessment. The
cumulative effect of such development can render wetlands, wetland associated uplands and coastal habitat unsuitable for waterfowl,
seaducks and other wildlife. The Newfoundland and Labrador Stewardship Program increases the profile of these habitats and their
associated wildlife in the municipal planning process. Land/water planning and uses become subject to the terms of a stewardship
agreement and are reinforced through an increase in user awareness and sense of responsibility. Significantly, important wetlands
and associated uplands will be protected from adverse development through designation as protected under the municipal planning
process. The program also encourages the adoption of wise use practices as they relate to waterfowl, sea ducks and their habitat
by traditional resource users, eco-tourism companies etc.

Project Location

The Stewardship Program is provincial in nature and is thus directed at many watersheds and coastal areas throughout the province.
The program targets wetlands, wetland associated uplands and coastal areas located primarily within the jurisdiction of municipalities.
The vast majority of this landscape is open to hunting and the NL Wildlife Division is supportive of this activity continuing within areas
targeted for conservation via stewardship agreements. Negotiations with prospective municipalities, landowners or industry will determine
which is most conducive to seeking a stewardship agreement.

Newfoundland and Labrador is located within the Taiga and Boreal Shield Ecozones which correspond with Bird Conservation Regions 7
and 8, Waterfowl Conservation Regions 7, 8 (Labrador), 8.2 (Island of Newfoundland). Coastal primary targets are associated with coastal
islands and surrounding habitat associated with the Pelagic Waterfowl Conservation Region 1003 (Newfoundland and Labrador Shelf).

Project Contact

For more information on this project, please contact Jonathan Sharpe, NL EHJV Program Manager, NL Wildlife Division, Department of
Environment and Conservation, Corner Brook, NL.