November 29, 2011
St. John's, NL - The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has announced its newest corporate partner as it launches land conservation efforts in Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Hebron Project has made a financial contribution of almost $13,000 towards NCC's science-based conservation work in the Fog Forest Natural Area.
The announcement was made today by Doug Ballam, NCC program manager for Newfoundland and Labrador, and Geoff Parker, Senior Project Manager for the Hebron Project, and Vice President of ExxonMobil Canada Ltd.
"I am delighted to have the Hebron Project come forward and make a significant contribution towards conserving our unique natural heritage," said Ballam. "NCC has identified the Avalon Peninsula's Fog Forest as one of the three most important areas for habitat conservation in Newfoundland and Labrador, and there are a handful of priority sites which will be a focal area for us moving forward."
"The southern shore is a beautiful area of Newfoundland and Labrador," said Parker. "We are fortunate to be able to enjoy its natural beauty and experience it up close through the outstanding East Coast Trail. It's our hope that by investing in the area today, it is protected for the use of our children and grandchildren."
NCC's goal in the Fog Forest Natural Area is to conserve habitat for Canadian lynx, woodland caribou (which have experienced a 60 percent decrease in population over the last 10 years in Newfoundland and Labrodor) and the endangered boreal felt lichen.
The Fog Forest Natural Area contains old growth forests, wetlands, rivers and freshwater ponds. The old growth forests are the largest and most largely untouched of their kind remaining on the Avalon Peninsula. The Fog Forest provides habitat and refuge for many rare lichens, forest birds and mammals.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada is the nation's leading land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962 NCC and its partners have helped to protect more than 2.2 million acres (890,300 hectares), coast to coast. The Nature Conservancy of Canada has conserved 12,211 acres (4,942 hectares) in Newfoundland and Labrador. For further information visit www.NatureConservancy.ca/at
The Hebron Project co-venturers are ExxonMobil Canada Properties (operator), Chevron Canada, Suncor Energy, Statoil Canada and Nalcor Energy. www.hebronproject.com
Andrew Holland, Nature Conservancy of Canada, 1-877-231-4400 or Andrew.Holland@natureconservancy.ca
Lynn Evans, ExxonMobil Canada Properties, 709-752-6433 or email@example.com