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Environment and Conservation
August 28, 2009

Old Growth Forests and White-Water Canyon Part of
Province�s Newest Provincial Park

The Honourable Charlene Johnson, Minister of Environment and Conservation, announced today the establishment of Main River Waterway Provincial Park under the Provincial Parks Act.

"It gives me great pleasure to announce the establishment of our province�s first waterway provincial park," said Minister Johnson. "Designation of Main River Waterway Provincial Park under the Provincial Parks Act provides the necessary legislative mechanism to protect areas which exhibit exceptional natural and recreational characteristics while, at the same time, accommodating recreational activities and acting as stimulus for economic opportunities."

Located at the base of the great Northern Peninsula, the Main River flows in a southeastern direction for 57 kilometres from the tundra-like barrens of the long-range mountains through old-growth forests, a unique aquatic system known as the Big Steady, and a 23 kilometre white-water canyon before entering into the Atlantic Ocean, near the coastal community of Sop�s Arm.

"The establishment of this park demonstrates government�s commitment to conserve biodiversity and protect a valuable watershed. Main River�s outstanding natural and recreational values make it an excellent candidate for this designation. The area offers opportunities for paddling, angling, snowmobiling, ecotourism ventures and scientific research," said Minister Johnson.

In 2001, Main River was designated Newfoundland and Labrador�s first Canadian Heritage River. This National River Conservation program promotes, protects and enhances Canada�s river heritage, and ensures that Canada�s featured rivers are managed in a sustainable manner. As part of its nomination document to the Canadian Heritage River�s board, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador committed to protecting and managing the river in perpetuity.

To accomplish this, the Provincial Government proposed that the Canadian Heritage River comprise a 152 square kilometre waterway provincial park with an additional 49 square kilometre special management area. Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Limited, Kruger Inc., the major timber holder in the Main River watershed, contributed to the park establishment by donating all timber rights in the park and agreed to carry out only selective harvesting in the adjacent special management area.

"The support of stakeholders such as Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Limited is essential to the successful protection of conservation areas for present and future generations. As such, I recognize them for their donation to this lasting natural legacy," said Minister Johnson.

"I am extremely pleased that the establishment of our province�s first Waterway Provincial Park is being designated in my district," said Darryl Kelly, MHA for the District of Humber Valley. "The Main River area offers immense opportunities because of its spectacular scenery and renowned wilderness adventure waterway."

To assist in managing the Canadian Heritage River, the Provincial Government has established a multi-stakeholder committee. Stakeholders include municipal councils, local groups, development boards, industries, tourism operators, conservation organizations and resource management agencies.

"The management advisory committee partners have anxiously been awaiting this announcement," said Jim Price, Chair, Main River Management Advisory Committee. "Collectively, we have come together to provide advice to government on the development and co-ordination of management approaches for activities in the heritage river. Our future work will entail advising government on how best to manage the area as a park and we are looking forward to this challenge."

For more information on Main River Waterway Provincial Park, please call 709-635-4520 or e-mail

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Media contacts:

Melony O�Neill
Director of Communications
Department of Environment and Conservation
709-729-2575, 689-0928
Jim Price
Main River Management Advisory Committee

Paula Barrett
Constituency Assistant
Darryl Kelly, MHA for Humber Valley
709-635-0132, 1-877-635-0132 


2009 08 28                                                            11:25 a.m.

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