The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has applauded a $13,000 gift from the Hebron project partners, calling it a "significant contribution" to NCC conservation efforts in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The new funding was announced today in a joint news release.
"NCC has identified the Avalon Peninsula's Fog Forest as one of the three
areas for habitat conservation in Newfoundland and Labrador and, since
NCC deals with private land, this region also has the most opportunity
for securement," stated a rep for NCC.
The so-called Fog Forest is coastal and near coastal forested areas on the Southern Shore of Newfoundland, where fog developing over the water regularly creeps up into the forested area.
According to the NCC, the fog frequency here "supports a very high diversity of tree lichens, including the largest population of (endangered) boreal felt lichens in the world."
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"It's our hope that by investing in the area today, it is protected for the use of our children and grandchildren," stated Hebron project manager Geoff Parker.
Parker is in attendance today at a public session of the Hebron Public Review Commission.
That review continues into next week, when it will include presentations and questions regarding potential environmental impacts of the project.
An environmental protection plan for Hebron is available online and through the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board.