Ducks Unlimited Canada

Ducks Unlimited Canada

November 20, 2014 15:37 ET

Newfoundland & Labrador's Forest Strategy a Win for Conservation

CORNER BROOK, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwired - Nov. 20, 2014) - Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is pleased with Minister of Natural Resources Derrick Dalley's release of the new sustainable forest management strategy.

"Today's announcement is great news for all of us who are working to conserve the province's world-renowned natural beauty," said April Muirhead, DUC's conservation programs specialist in Corner Brook, NL. "We've been working with Corner Brook Pulp and Paper, a major forestry operator in the province, for many years to reduce negative impacts on waterfowl habitat from forestry practices.

"Having a strategy in place from the provincial government will solidify that work."

The plan connects to other sustainability efforts across the Boreal Forest from here to Alaska. It identifies 35 per cent of the island of Newfoundland for special management as intact wilderness. The Boreal Forest Conservation Framework, signed and supported by DUC, calls for a balanced approach to northern development and conservation.

"We have the opportunity to strike the right balance here," said Kevin Smith, DUC's boreal program manager. "Sustainability initiatives that include large, intact protected areas along with responsible development allow us to maintain the Boreal's natural wealth and the all the prosperity it offers."

"Newfoundland and Labrador's latest effort is another piece of that puzzle."

DUC will continue to collaborate with the provincial government on conservation.

"Our conservation priority in Newfoundland and Labrador is developing a provincial Wetland Conservation Policy that is supported by industry and protects our immense aquatic resources" says Muirhead.

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is the leader in wetland conservation. A registered charity, DUC partners with government, industry, non-profit organizations and landowners to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl, wildlife and the environment. Learn more at ducks.ca.

Contact Information

  • Chelsea Murray
    Communications Coordinator, Atlantic Canada
    Ducks Unlimited Canada
    902-667-8726 ext. 227
    c_murray@ducks.ca

    Peter McCartney
    Communications Specialist, National Boreal Program
    Ducks Unlimited Canada
    604.592.5006
    p_mccartney@ducks.ca