Environmental groups Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society, Protected Areas Association of Newfoundland & Labrador and Nature Newfoundland & Labrador are concerned about a proposal to open Terra Nova National Park to snowmobiling, which the National Parks Act does not allow. We are calling on all levels of government to support the existing ban on motorized recreational vehicle use within national parks.
Over the past several years, there has been an active lobby from some snowmobilers in communities adjacent to Terra Nova National Park to develop a snowmobile trail through the park. Parks Canada has held its ground, despite protests, illegal trail cutting and snowmobiling by a small group.
“Terra Nova National Park provides an important refuge for species like Woodland Caribou and Newfoundland Marten”, says Suzanne Dooley, Co-Executive Director CPAWS NL. “By loosening restrictions on motorized recreational vehicle use, we would put those populations at risk. Residents of this province and Canada do not want to do that.”
Dooley pointed out that most snowmobile users in NL have to put their machines on a trailer and drive to a designated trail. “This is an inconvenience that many of us deal with. It’s not unique to Charlottetown or other communities adjacent to the park. Snowmobiling is a privilege.”
“We are calling on all levels of government to stand up for our national parks and protected areas”, says Protected Areas Association’s Ruth (Godden) French. “We have very little protected land in the province, less than 6% including national parks, so we must be vigilant and ensure these areas are not compromised by motorized recreational vehicle use. Opening up this park would set a dangerous precedent to do the same in other protected areas across the province and country.”
Video clip: Woodland Caribou, Terra Nova National Park — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yudCG1-YRL8
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Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society
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Protected Areas Association of NL
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Nature Newfoundland and Labrador
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