Newfoundland and Labrador Wetlands Stewardship 2015-2016
Goals and Objectives
The purpose of this project is to partner with governments, landowners, resource users and industry to conserve wetlands, wetland associated uplands and coastal habitats in order to sustain their associated waterfowl, seabird and seaduck populations. This project will formally increase the profile of wetland habitats and their associated wildlife in the municipal planning and development decision making processes.
The goals of this project are:
- Sign new stewardship agreement(s) with NL municipalities and landowners which secure approximately 500 acres of wetlands, associated uplands, and coastal habitat, focusing on waterfowl, seabirds and seaducks but also positively impacting other associated wildlife.
- Work with existing agreement signatories to provide assistance, educate local people and work with agreement signatories to implement habitat enhancement activities outlined in individual Habitat Conservation Plans providing opportunity for agreement signee engagement.
- Coordinate the planning, implementation and monitoring of this project to ensure consistency with procedures, policies and plans of the Eastern Habitat Joint Venture (EHJV) of NAWMP (the North American Waterfowl Management Plan).
Specific Habitat Products/Results Supported by WHC’s Contributions
500 acres of secured wetland, wetland associated upland or coastal habitat via the signing of new municipal or landowner stewardship agreements.
Benefits to Waterfowl, Wetland-Associated Species, and/or Other Wildlife
The project 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 seeking to address species specific population deficits. The program addresses habitat/wetland policy at a local management level, namely by municipal councils and landowners.
Relevance to Habitat Planning, Decision Making and/or Management
Involvement by the municipal governments, corporations and landowners in the wetland stewardship program can influence their planning and decision making related to proposed development occurring adjacent to or within wildlife habitat. This project will formally increase the profile of wetland habitats and their associated wildlife in the municipal planning and development decision making processes.
Land/water planning and uses become subject to the terms of a stewardship agreement and are reinforced through incorporation into municipal plans and development regulations. An additional important component is that it has the effect of increases council, staff and resident awareness and sense of responsibility in the management of these areas. The project 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. This lends support over the long-term to ensure these significant wetlands and associated uplands will be protected from adverse development.
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. 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).
For more information on this project, please contact Jonathan Sharpe, NL EHJV Program Manager, Corner Brook, NL.