Protected Areas Stewards
Become a Protected Area Steward and Help Protect
Newfoundland and Labrador’s Most Treasured Wild Spaces!
What is a Protected Area?
A protected area is a defined area of land and/or sea dedicated to the long-term conservation and maintenance of biological diversity and of natural and associated cultural resources, which are managed through legal or other effective means.
There are many ways that a system of protected areas benefits society:
- Reservoirs to protect and preserve biodiversity
- Strengthening our resiliency to climate change – increasing Earth’s
carbon storage, acting as a natural defense against flooding and erosion, mitigate extreme weather events
- Continuing the allowance and possibility of Traditional and Local cultural values and uses
- Protecting human needs – ensuring freshwater availability, healthy soils, wild foods, and the opportunity to explore and enjoy our natural spaces
- Economics – ecotourism is one of the largest economic sectors in the world!
- Study areas for scientific research and education
- Benchmarks that help us measure the health of lands and wildlife outside natural areas and the impacts of climate change, pollution, extraction, alien invasive species
- An “insurance policy” against loss or damage to similar ecosystems in other locations
Stewardship may be defined as the ‘careful and responsible management of ecosystem resources entrusted to humans in the interest of achieving and protecting ecosystem integrity for its intrinsic value and/or for the benefit of current and future generations’.
Protected Area Stewards are individuals and organizations that help to develop a world-class network of parks and protected areas. They provide input to site managers to assist with the management and operation of a number of protected areas throughout the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Duties of a Steward include:
- To record the state of important natural terrestrial and aquatic features, flora and fauna, including endangered or threatened species and habitats.
- To record any evident changes, threats, or disturbances to the protected area.
- To identify any intentional or accidental violations contrary to the legislation of the protected area.
- To inform Protected Area Managers of their findings.
Besides helping to protect environmentally sensitive areas as a Steward you also have:
- a great learning opportunity
- an outdoor adventure for individuals, families, or friends
- volunteer experience for your resume
Get out there, and Protect your Natural Areas!
Learn more about the program:
To Become a Steward:
Please read the following statements below and email us your contact information.
- I agree to become a Protected Areas Steward.
- I will follow the guidelines and regulations outlined in the CPAWS-NL Volunteer Stewardship Monitoring Guide as well as those of Parks and Natural Areas Division, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador during my visits to protected areas.
- I will visit a protected area at least once per year, fill out the standardized form in the monitoring guide to the best of my ability and return it to the CPAWS-NL office in St John’s via mail or in-person, or submit the information electronically online.
- I understand that CPAWS is not responsible for any injury or damage as a result of my volunteer visits, or while in transit to and from the monitoring site.
Email your name, email address and mailing address to NLinfo@cpaws.org.
On receipt of your email one of our Staff will contact you.