Provincial Species at Risk Stewardship
Working Group Holding Workshop
The Department of Environment and Conservation, in
partnership with the Western Newfoundland Model Forest, will hold a
provincial Species at Risk Stewardship and Education Working Group
workshop in St. Johnís this week, on October 25-26.
"Stewardship programs developed by the department have
been recognized internationally as innovative and successful, and are
being used as models for current activities related to the recovery of
species at risk," said the Honourable Clyde Jackman, Minister of
Environment and Conservation. "My department is responsible for the
administration of the Endangered Species Act; however, we all
have a responsibility to conserve our natural heritage. The Provincial
Government needs the support of local stewards to ensure that species do
not become at risk and that recovery plans are in place for those that
are at risk."
The working group consists of stewardship
practitioners and representatives from various non-government
conservation organizations, and federal and provincial government
agencies that have programs directed towards the recovery of species at
risk. The workshop agenda includes sessions about Aboriginal involvement
in species at risk stewardship and education, partnership and funding
opportunities, and working with the media to effectively deliver
messages to the public.
The workshop will provide an opportunity for persons
involved in species at risk stewardship and education to present updates
on their activities, review progress, address common issues and
concerns, and share ideas on how to move forward as a group in the
The minister also acknowledged two community stewards
attending the workshop. "I would like to congratulate Neil Dollard and
Terrance Downey, both of Stephenville Crossing, who are recipients of
the Lieutenant Governorís Greenwing Conservation Award," said Minister
Jackman. "Mr. Dollard and Mr. Downey have a long history of supporting
wetland stewardship, and are also champions for the endangered piping
plover that nest on the beaches within their community."
The Greenwing Conservation Award is an annual award
sponsored by Ducks Unlimited that recognizes the efforts of those who
champion the conservation of Newfoundland and Labradorís wetlands.
The public is invited to attend an open house on
Thursday, October 25, at the Fluvarium (Nagleís Place, St Johnís) from
7:30 - 9:30 p.m., to view displays about various programs and activities
taking place throughout the province. Workshop participants will be
available to discuss their programs. Angelina Payne, an interpreter from
Gros Morne National Park, will perform the program "Stayin Alive" at
7:30 p.m. This program includes songs, stories and skits about species
at risk that need help, and answers questions like: what is being done,
how you can help, and how disco has helped.
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