Terrestrial Protected Areas and Parks
Newfoundland and Labrador’s national, provincial and territorial parks are legally protected wilderness areas set aside for the protection of nature and enjoyment of people, forever. Parks are places we dream about – where we get inspired by nature’s beauty, spend time with family and friends, learn about nature, and enjoy healthy outdoor activities. They’re also places that plants and animals rely on for their survival. They provide space for wildlife to roam, feed and raise their young away from the threat of human development.
Our parks provide many more extraordinary benefits to residents of Newfoundland and Labrador. They provide clean water to some of our largest communities. They moderate our climate by storing carbon in their soils and forests. They provide outdoor laboratories for scientific research, and classrooms for learning about nature. For a growing number of Indigenous peoples, parks offer a way to maintain and share their cultural traditions.
CPAWS is on guard for how Newfoundland and Labrador’s parks are managed, to make sure they continue to protect the nature that inspired their creation. We are also encouraging the creation of a more robust protected areas system plan, by urging the provincial government to release the Natural Areas System Plan.