February 17, 2005
(Environment and Conservation)
Public workshop on
recovery efforts of Newfoundland Marten
The future of the endangered
Newfoundland Marten and ongoing marten recovery efforts will be the
topics of discussion at a workshop taking place March 4-5, at the
Pepsi Centre in Corner Brook. The workshop is being hosted by the
Newfoundland Marten Education Committee of the Marten Recovery Team,
established by the Department of Environment and Conservation.
The two-day facilitated workshop is aimed at providing an
opportunity for the public to learn more about the marten and get
involved in the recovery efforts of this endangered species.
Environment and Conservation Minister Tom Osborne said, "I wish to
take this opportunity to commend the Newfoundland Marten Education
Committee for its continued diligent work related to the recovery of
the marten. Government is committed to protecting and preserving our
species that are at risk, and it is through the work of the marten
recovery team and forums like this workshop that we are able to
achieve our goals."
Experts on the marten, as well as stakeholders and other interest
groups will be participating in the workshop, which will be
facilitated by Dr. Alistair Bath from Memorial University. The
workshop will include a keynote presentation on March 4 by Joe
Brazil, co-chair of the Newfoundland Marten Recovery Team and chief
of endangered species and biodiversity with the Department of
Environment and Conservation.
Members of the general public are encouraged to participate in the
workshop and can contact Bruce Rodrigues, (709) 637-2043 or e-mail
for more details. Limited funding is available to assist with travel
costs for anyone interested in attending from outside the Corner
The Newfoundland Marten Education Committee is an issue-specific
action group of the Newfoundland Marten Recovery Team. The
committee’s mandate is to provide resource users, students,
environmental educators and the general public with accurate
information about the marten and its management. Funding for the
workshop is from the Government of Canada’s Habitat Stewardship
Program for Species at Risk.
For further information on the workshop or the Newfoundland Marten
Education Committee, contact Gerry Yetman, senior biologist,
Enhancement Stewardship and Partnership, Inland Fish and Wildlife
Division, (709) 637-2013.
Media contact: Sonia Glover, Communications, (709) 729-2575,
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