CPAWS has helped protect over 40 million hectares of Canada's most treasured wild places while working closely with First Nations, government, industry and non-governmental organizations.
Gros Morne National Park protects 1,805 square kilometres of western Newfoundland’s coastal lowlands and towering Long Range Mountains and is one of Canada’s most treasured national parks. Gros Morne was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of its unique geological features and spectacular natural beauty. In 2013 the park was threatened by a proposal to drill and frack for oil metres from the boundary. After a huge public outcry this proposal was stopped, but Gros Morne is still vulnerable to future industrial proposals. That's why CPAWS is working with concerned local community members, businesses and prominent Canadians to encourage the federal and provincial governments to create a permanent buffer zone around the park to protect it from harmful industrialization.
Seabird Conservation and Habitat Improvement Program
The Newfoundland and Labrador Shorebird Survey (A chapter of the Atlantic Canada Shorebird Survey (ACSS)) is an important initiative designed to evaluate the use of coastlines by migrating shorebirds, document areas of significant concentrations and identify habitats important to various species.
The Adopt-A-Beach program is an initiative led by CPAWS-NL and aimed to recruit volunteers as Stewards in key communities to monitor birds washing up on their local beaches on a bi-weekly basis.
With over 10,000 miles of coastline, it is no surprise that Newfoundland and Labrador has been built along the coast, with many communities relying year after year on the ocean for their livelihood. Unfortunately, the marine environment experience various threats daily, which includes marine debris.
Newfoundland and Labrador’s wildlife are at the heart our province’s heritage and culture. From the insular intact landscape to the rugged coastlines the wildlife species and the places they inhabit is diverse. From the mighty caribou to the seasonal shorebirds, CPAWS NL thrives to protect both the species and its habitats.
Newfoundland and Labrador is known worldwide for its pristine natural heritage, which attracts tourism and results in economic benefits for the province. The province of Newfoundland and Labrador has dedicated protection to many of these natural areas, and continuously works to create more protected areas.
Geotourism is defined as tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place—its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents.
The Laurentian Channel has been identified as containing the highest levels of biodiversity off the Newfoundland shores. The variety of depths within the Channel creates great diversity of habitats. These habitats allow many different species to live, spawn and migrate through the area.
Report of the First Newfoundland and Labrador Protected Areas Forum
Become a Protected Area Steward and help protect Newfoundland and Labrador's most treasured wild spaces!
The establishment of the southwest fjords of Newfoundland as an NMCA will preserve both the endangered communities and the endangered ecosystem - both of which are important criteria in choosing the sites for Canada’s future network of marine protected areas.
The Mealy Mountains/Akamiuapishkua is one of the last great expanses of wilderness in the province. The proposed national park study area is nearly 21,000 km2 (210,000 ha) and the area encompasses five of Labrador’s ten provincial ecoregions, including coastal barrens, high sub arctic tundra, high boreal forest, mid boreal forest, and string bog.
Currently there are over 40,000 ATVs operating in this province, and most of them are being used on the island portion.
At its core, community forestry is about local control over and enjoyment of the benefits offered by local forest resources.
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