Largest conservation deal in Atlantic Canada will save critical habitat
for Woodland Caribou and the threatened Newfoundland Marten
ST. JOHN'S, Dec. 16 /CNW/ - The race is on to save a 3,700-acre (1,497
hectare) untouched oasis home to reindeer (Woodland Caribou) and the
threatened Newfoundland Marten but we need your help!
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) must raise $100,000 by the
January to save the "Grassy Place" in Southwestern Newfoundland, which
is one of the largest parcel of private land on the Island of
The urgency to protect this incredible, unique place lies in the threat
of losing habitat for the threatened species, Woodland Caribou,
waterfowl and migratory birds that live here uninterrupted. This
opportunity represents the largest private land conservation deal in
Atlantic Canada and is seen as a highly important area to protect by
scientists, the conservation community, governments and private
So what would be a better holiday gift than protecting an untouched
piece of Canadian nature home to threatened species, Woodland Caribou,
waterfowl and migratory birds?
By donating to the Grassy Place, not only will you help NCC save this
incredible landscape, you will be helping save an untouched piece of
Canada for all time. If NCC is successful in raising the remaining
$100,000, the property will be forever left in its natural state. If
the remaining $100,000 is not raised by the closing date, the property
will go back on the open market.
To donate to NCC in efforts to protect the Grassy Place, call Douglas at
709.753.5540 or Alicia toll free at 1.866.319.5985.
"The conservation community has long been aware of the need to protect
this incredibly large parcel of private land in southwestern
Newfoundland. The Nature Conservancy of Canada needs your help today to
protect this habitat for the caribou, Newfoundland Marten and other
plants and animals that live there," said Linda Stephenson, Regional
Vice President for the Atlantic Region of NCC.
"For those who dream of wilderness, 'Grassy Place', located in the
Robinson's River Valley is one of the rare places left in insular
Newfoundland where the human footprint is barely discernable," said
Aiden Mahoney, a passionate NCC volunteer and resident of Newfoundland
The Grassy Place is a gem hidden in the Long Range Mountains, the most
northerly extension of the Appalachian Mountains in North America and
has long been identified as an area of ecological significance.
"Caribou" occur worldwide in the Northern Hemisphere and they are called
different names depending on their location and habitat preference
(e.g. Caribou in Newfoundland, Deer in the Arctic and Reindeer in
The Grassy Place is referred to as an oasis because of its location and
wetlands. The Grassy Place contains the most extensive example of
natural grassland in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is the nation's leading private
land conservation organization, working to protect our valuable natural
areas and the plants and animals they sustain.
Since 1962 NCC and its partners have helped to protect more than 2
million acres (800,000 hectares), coast to coast and over 8,300 acres
(3,358 hectares) in Newfoundland and Labrador. By investing in
conservation we are ensuring that our natural world remains a home for
wildlife, a haven for recreation and a vital resource that cleans the
air we breathe and the water we drink. Through strong partnerships NCC
works to safeguard our natural areas so that our children and
grandchildren will have the chance to enjoy them.
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SOURCE Nature Conservancy of Canada
For further information: For further information:
Manager of Communications, Atlantic Region
The Nature Conservancy of Canada
Tel.: 506.450.6010 / 1.877.231.4400
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