NCC protects part of Newfoundland’s famous Cape Spear Peninsula

Majestic cliffs at Cape Spear, NL. (Image from Wikipedia)

Petty Harbour – Maddox Cove – The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has conserved a landmark property on North America’s easternmost point.

The 11 acres are on the southern shore of the famous Cape Spear Peninsula. Located in the scenic town of Petty Harbour – Maddox Cove just outside St. John’s, the property is part of the coastline which National Geographic listed as the world’s top-rated coastal destination in 2010.

“This is NCC’s first project in eastern Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Doug Ballam, NCC 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.”

Located in the Fog Forest natural area, the newly conserved property is largely covered by coastal coniferous forests. It also contains 30-metre vertical cliffs underscored by small beaches and sea caves, as well as wetlands. The award-winning East Coast Trail runs through the property, allowing visitors to experience the rugged beauty and spectacular marine life along Newfoundland’s coastline.

Hundreds of thousands of marine and coastal seabirds nest in the area, providing incredible wildlife viewing opportunities during annual migrations. Conservation of this coastline  is critical in providing a safe place for seabirds to roost and feed, including Atlantic puffins. Puffin chicks are attracted to house and street lights which can lead them away from the habitat they need to survive. Conservation of this habitat will prevent incompatible development and help protect puffins and other birds from unintentional harm.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada wishes to recognize those who helped make this project a reality, including the Hebron Project, Mountain Equipment Co-op and the Government of Canada’s Natural Areas Conservation Program, along with individual donors in Newfoundland and Labrador.

“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 NCC to help conserve this invaluable landscape.”


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