A Home for Nature: Protected Areas Plan for the Island of Newfoundland

Now Closed

This online engagement was hosted on engageNL from May 28 to October 1, 2020. Below is a record of this engagement.

Overview

The Wilderness and Ecological Reserves Advisory Council (WERAC) is pleased to bring forward the proposal A Home for Nature: Protected Area Plan for the Island of Newfoundland to the public for comment. WERAC is a legislated, volunteer, independent advisory body appointed by the Provincial Government to advise on the establishment and management of our province’s wilderness and ecological reserves. 

The document A Home for Nature is a blueprint for developing a collection or system of protected areas for the Island of Newfoundland. Provincial protected area planning for Labrador will follow and will be specific to the unique geography of Labrador. The release of this Plan for the Island of Newfoundland provides the first opportunity for the public to provide input on the Plan.

The boundaries proposed in this Plan are not final. WERAC will engage the public in two phases.

In Phase 1, (to October 1, 2020) WERAC is presenting the proposed Plan and gathering initial feedback from the public, including gathering information on which activities people like to do in proposed reserves.

Phase 2 is the required consultation process for establishment of each individual reserve. WERAC will use information gathered from phase 1 to suggest management approaches for each site. For each site, there will be opportunities for the public to provide input on the boundaries and management approach.

WERAC invites you to be part of the conversation as we work together to contribute to the global conservation effort and establish a system of protected areas for the Island of Newfoundland.

To assist you with your input, please see the links below to review A Home for Nature: Protected Area Plan for the Island of Newfoundland and accompanying Questions and Answers document and A Home for Nature ESRI Story Map.

 

 

 

 

Get Involved

WERAC invites you to get involved and have your say in the review of A Home for Nature: Protected Areas Plan for the Island of Newfoundland.

The comment period is open until Thursday, October 1, 2020.

Several options are provided to the general public to participate in the engagement process, including a sign-up, a feedback form and mail-in submissions.

Thank you in advance for your participation.
 
 

Option 1: Sign up to be kept informed

Want to be kept informed about the Plan and proposed protected areas?

Click here to sign up

 

Option 2: Online Questionnaire

The questionnaire should take you approximately 5 minutes to complete.  If you have any questions related to this questionnaire or require an alternate format please contact WERAC at werac@gov.nl.ca.

Click here to complete the questionnaire

 

Option 3: Written Submissions

If you prefer to participate with a written contribution, you can prepare a letter and submit it by email or mail to the below address:

Mail:     WERAC Secretariat
  Wilderness and Ecological Reserves Advisory Council
  c/o WERAC Secretariat
  Department of Fisheries and Land Resources
  Natural Areas Section, Land Management Division
  P.O. Box 2006
  Corner Brook, NL

  A2H 6J8

 

COVID-19 Notice

Please note that during this pandemic, current public health orders may restrict some of the activities listed within the proposed Protected Areas Plan.
 

How will your input be used?

WERAC looks forward to receiving your input on the Plan and would like to assure you that all comments will receive due consideration in preparation of the WERAC Recommendation Report. The Council intends to make its recommendations to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador on implementation of the Plan after the Plan has been made available to the public (after October 1, 2020).

Privacy Statement

The Wilderness and Ecological Reserves Advisory Council is committed to protecting personal information, which is being collected in accordance with section 61(c) of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 2015 (ATIPPA, 2015) and will be used to keep participants informed of progress with the Protected Areas Plan.  It will not be used for any other purposes unless authorized under ATIPPA, 2015.

If you have any questions about how this information will be collected, used and disclosed, please contact Holly Warford, Manager of Information Services, Fisheries and Land Resources by email hollywarford@gov.nl.ca.