Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove is now home to the easternmost property under the protection of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the organization announced this afternoon.
The 11 acres of property in the so-called “fog forest” includes coastal coniferous forest, wetlands and a coastal stretch with 30-metre vertical cliffs, beaches and sea caves. The East Coast Trail runs through the property.
The general area is home to, among other things, the nests for hundreds of thousands of marine and coastal seabirds, the organization has stated. Many make their way into and out of the protected area.
“This is NCC’s first project in eastern Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Doug Ballam, Nature Conservancy program manager.
“This last piece of private land on the southern edge of the Cape Spear Peninsula will help maintain the natural beauty of the coastline. We’re looking forward to engaging the public in the stewardship of this important property.”
The protection of the property has been made possible by contributions from: the Hebron Project, Mountain Equipment Co-op and the federal government’s Natural Areas Conservation Program, along with individual donors in this province.
“From its stunning headland to the opportunities it provides for outdoor recreation, Cape Spear is a jewel of coastal Newfoundland,” said Mountain Equipment Co-op CEO David Labistour. “We are delighted to provide financial support to the Nature Conservancy of Canada to help conserve this invaluable landscape.”
“The acquisition of the Maddox Cove property on the Cape Spear Peninsula is consistent with our corporate environmental mandate to Protect Tomorrow. Today,” said Geoff Parker, senior project manager for the Hebron project, and vice president of ExxonMobil Canada.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada held a media tour of the newly protected area this afternoon. More from the tour will be made available in tomorrow’s edition and online.