Petition Against Outfitting Lodge in Long Hr River/Bay Du Nord Wilderness Area

Petition Against Outfitting Lodge in Long Hr River/Bay Du Nord Wilderness Area

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We demand the NL provincial government to direct your attention to the construction of a big game outfitting lodge and associated trail at Long Harbour River/Bay Du Nord Wilderness reserve. The lodge will be focused on "trophy hunting" big game such as caribou and black bear. We are signing this petition in hopes of your understanding and commitment to take action for the people who reside in this area and rely on these resources. 

The Bay du Nord wilderness reserve is well known as one of the last remaining unspoiled areas in Newfoundland that is devoid of human habitat. The rich history and resources of the small reserve (approximately 2,895 km2) has already been challenged in recent years, with the construction of the Bay D’Espoir transmission line which has left a permanent travel path through the wilderness reserve and easily allows access for members of the public. There has also been recent use of the surrounding land by mining companies, for access to copper and other mineral deposits in the area. To allow further impact to this land would be a poor decision because it is one we cannot take back. 

The outfitter who has applied for this lodge and trail already has 3 tent camp areas on the Bay Du Nord reserve border (currently accessed by helicopter, float plane and ATV). The introduction of a lodge and associated trail would result in a stream of traffic traveling across the country. To imagine such beautiful, untouched wilderness being overtaken by hunters seeking to “trophy hunt”  is dismay to the residents of this area. The local residents do not wish to have an outfitting lodge introduced which will most definitely have a negative impact on our communities and environment. Please do not permit the Outfitter Lodge Spike Camp, or any hunting and fishing lodge to go ahead.

Some facts on the Bay Du Nord Wildnerness reserve:

- It is the last unspoiled land in NL untouched by humans

- It has the most protected rivers in the province, the Bay Du Nord river is one of two Canadian Heritage rivers in our province. 

- Contains the largest Canada goose habitat in the province

- Is known caribou breeding grounds (the caribou population suffered for many years and this area is now home to the largest herd of caribou in the province at 15,000 animals).

-The cultural history of the area includes Mi'kmaq presence in the 18th and 19th centuries. Geologist and archaeologist James Howley was the first European to travel the entire Bay du Nord River system (1887). The cairn he erected to assist in triangulating his position while surveying the area still stands on the summit of Mount Sylvester. 

- There are no facilities, no trail markers, no public buildings or services and the land's natural resources and history are infinitely priceless.

We thank you for your time and efforts.