Newfoundland and Labrador
Newfoundland and Labrador Eastern Habitat Joint Venture (NL-EHJV) partners acquire, conserve and enhance important wildlife habitat across the Province. The NL-EHJV Program of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) was established in 1989 and is administered through the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Environment and Conservation’s Wildlife Division
Program Delivery Partners
Ducks Unlimited Canada
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Canadian Wildlife Service
Nature Conservancy of Canada
Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Environment and Conservation’s Wildlife Division
Stewardship Association of Municipalities Inc.
Wildlife Habitat Canada
Wildlife and Habitat Stewardship
The NL-EHJV implements a stewardship program wherein municipalities, corporations and private landowners join forces to conserve significant tracts of wildlife habitat across the Province. The program’s primary objective is to help communities, developers and landowners become more aware of the value of wildlife habitat within their jurisdictions and to empower them to conserve and enhance these areas.
Stewardship agreements represent formal public commitments among interested parties and the provincial government to conserve valuable wildlife habitat. These agreements and associated habitat conservation plans outline the wetland, coastal or species at risk habitat to be protected and identify future habitat-conservation enhancement strategies.
The Stewardship Association
of Municipalities Inc.
The Stewardship Association of Municipalities Inc. (SAM) is an incorporated, non-governmental organization formed by municipalities that have signed stewardship agreements. Member municipalities work in partnership with the provincial government to retain and enhance important wildlife habitat within municipal planning boundaries. Membership is open to all municipalities that commit to the securement of valuable wildlife habitat within their planning boundaries by entering into a formal agreement with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador under the Municipal Habitat Stewardship Program.
Communities that have signed Stewardship Agreements include:
- Bay Roberts and Spaniard’s Bay
- Channel Port aux Basques
- Come by Chance
- Deer Lake
- Flower’s Cove
- Frenchman’s Cove
- Grand Codroy Estuary (Ramsar Wetland
of International Importance)
- Grand Falls – Windsor
- Happy Valley – Goose Bay
Types of Stewardship Agreements
Wetland stewardship focuses on conserving wetland and associated upland habitats that support waterfowl populations, particularly for breeding and staging.
Coastal habitat stewardship agreements focus on the conservation of seabirds, sea ducks (e.g., Common Eider), shorebirds and the surrounding coastal habitat.
Species at Risk Stewardship
Species at risk stewardship aims to increase awareness of the presence and value of species at risk by emphasizing the importance of habitat protection. NL-EHJV partners seek to foster interest within municipalities and by individuals and corporations to conserve these species and their habitat within their jurisdictions.
How to Get Involved in Wildlife and Habitat Stewardship
Any municipality, corporation or individual landowner in Newfoundland and Labrador is invited to inquire about becoming involved in wildlife and habitat stewardship by contacting the Stewardship Section of the Newfoundland Department of Environment Conservation Wildlife Division. If your community is home to significant wildlife populations, special areas of wetland/coastal habitat and/or species at risk, you can play a lead role in the conservation of the Province’s wildlife habitat with just a few simple steps:
- 1. Request an introductory meeting and site visit conducted by stewardship staff
- 2. If there is mutual interest, stewardship staff will submit a proposal for review and potential acceptance
- 3. Stewardship agreement signing
- 4. Habitat Conservation Plan development, review and signing
- 5. Implementation of the Habitat Conservation Plan
As of 2011, 36 municipalities, 2 corporate bodies and a number of private landowners in several communities have signed stewardship agreements with the Province. Collectively, these individuals, communities and corporations represent a significant conservation movement in Newfoundland and Labrador. Altogether, partners have secured over 13,350 hectares of wildlife habitat and positively impacted (in part by municipal planning) an additional 161,870 hectares through the implementation of
NL-EHJV Program Manager
Senior Biologist (Stewardship)
Department of Environment and Conservation