Salmonier Nature Park web site goes live
Kevin Aylward, minister responsible for wildlife in the province, is pleased to announce that a web site devoted to the Salmonier Nature Park is now online. The site can be accessed at www.gov.nl.ca/snp/ . The Salmonier Nature Park is a wildlife rehabilitation, research and environmental education facility located on the Salmonier Line and is operated by the Inland Fish and Wildlife Division of the Department of Forest Resources and Agrifoods.
According to Minister Aylward, over 40,000 visitors walked the nearly three km of boardwalk trails at the nature park last season and viewed a representative sample of Newfoundland and Labradorís flora and fauna.
Minister Aylward said: "The Salmonier Nature Park is unique in all of Canada in that it allows visitors free of charge to view wildlife in large, sensitively designed enclosures illustrating the animals natural habitat. While I encourage everyone to visit the nature park first-hand, todayís technology allows us to bring this wonderful environmental education facility right into the homes of many people who may not otherwise get the opportunity to visit."
Highlights of the website include a virtual tour of the trails and animals you would see at the park including information sheets on the animals, a description of ongoing school and public educational initiatives, the ability for teachers to register online for school visits, and a review of ongoing research activities at the park including captive breeding research of the endangered Newfoundland Marten. The site also includes links to related research and educational organizations.
This is the second of three planned web sites for my department," said Minister Aylward. "The agrifoods branch of the department has had a web site for several years and a web site for the forestry and wildlife branch is expected to be completed later this year."
Media contact: John Blake, Salmonier Nature Park Manager, (709) 729- 3509.
2000 02 02 10:15 a.m.