Newfoundland and Labrador Wetlands Stewardship, 2014-15
Goals and Objectives
The purpose of this project is to provide for the continued reinforcement of the stewardship concept and to build, through education and involvement, individual stewardship or conservation ethic with provincial residents as they carry out daily land-use activities.
The goals of this project are to:
1) Secure 500 acres of wetland, associated upland or coastal habitat within municipal planning jurisdictions through stewardship agreements.
2) Provide assistance, educate local people and work with agreement signatories to implement habitat enhancement activities outlined in individual Habitat Conservation Plans.
3) Ensure consistency with procedures, policies and plans of the EHJV/NAWMP.
Specific Habitat Products/Results Supported by WHC’s Contributions
Will include 500 acres of secured wetland, wetland associated upland or coastal habitat via the signing of new municipal stewardship agreements.
Benefits to Waterfowl, Wetland-Associated Species, and/or Other Wildlife
This is a habitat securement and enhancement conservation initiative that seeks to conserve wetlands, wetland associated uplands and coastal habitats to sustain their associated waterfowl, seabird and seaduck populations.
Relevance to Habitat Planning, Decision Making and/or Management
The Wetland Stewardship Program increases the profile of wetlands, wetland associated uplands and coastal 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 municipal staff, developers, landowners, and traditional resource users.
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).
Final Report: Newfoundland and Labrador Wetlands Stewardship, 2014-15
For more information on this project, please contact Jonathan Sharpe, Program Manager, NL Wildlife Division, Department of Environment and Conservation, Corner Brook, NL.