What about the caribou?

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The recent coverage (16Mar2014) by Andrew Robinson of a proposed mineral exploration road into the heart of the central Avalon forest provided major reasons to be concerned for the lack of present government’s interest in protecting our natural environment.

Dr. (Bill) Montevecchi points out that this government cannot even fulfill its mandate and responsibilities under its own environmental legislation, which hardly leads one to feel confident in its ability to make decisions that are environmentally sustainable.

Mike Nolan, who lived at the Halfway House next to Father Duffy’s Well on Salmonier Line, received an honorary doctorate degree from Memorial University for bringing the Avalon caribou herd from the brink of extinction (65 animals).

By the 1980s, on occasion one could view caribou on the open country from his place in winter and spring, the exact area that this resource road is proposed to penetrate.

 In the terms of reference to the proponent to prepare an Environmental Preview Report, the Department of Environment and Conservation makes no mention of concern for the potential impacts of this road on caribou or the extensive loss of primeval forest habitat likely to contain endangered species of tree lichens.

This is hard to fathom because it is this same department that is mandated to manage and protect our wildlife and rare plants.


Ian Goudie

Salmonier, St. Mary's Bay

Organizations: Halfway House, Department of Environment and Conservation

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  • Jason
    March 19, 2014 - 08:30

    Great points Ian. The proponet has not considered any of these in their proposal and it is pretty blind to not consider these impacts. In the 80's caribou could been seen between Tobins Pond and Conn's pond area and even within the last few years on the east side of the Old Sea. This road must not be permitted in the key buffer zone to theAvalon Wilderness reserve

  • Cabin Owner
    March 19, 2014 - 08:20

    There are so many reasons for this road and mineral exploration to be rejected. Let's just hope the government gets the message. Write the minister today and tell her that this proposal is a bad idea: joanshea@gov.nl.ca