Media Releases - 2011
Newfoundland and Labrador’s Eagle River takes centre stage for Canadian Rivers Day
Homegrown initiative seeks Atlantic Salmon conservation
HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, Labrador - June 10, 2011: Today the founding members of the Friends of the Eagle River (FOER) marked Canadian Rivers Day with a presentation to students of Queen of Peace Middle School. FOER is a new group formed to promote Labrador’s spectacular Eagle River and the soon-to-be-established provincial waterway park.
In February 2010, the governments of Newfoundland and Labrador and Canada committed to protecting the Eagle River watershed and its world-class Atlantic salmon ecosystem through the establishment of the Mealy Mountains/Akamiuapishku National Park Reserve and an Eagle River Provincial Waterway Park.
“In Labrador, a new way of managing parks has emerged,” said Larry Innes, executive director of the Canadian Boreal Initiative (CBI). “As the federal government did with the Mealies, the provincial government must work side-by-side with Aboriginal partners and local communities to establish the Eagle River Provincial Waterway Park; this will protect the ecological integrity of the land, without sacrificing the traditional activities of the people who live there.”
FOER was launched by the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF), CBI, and local outfitters to support final steps in the establishment of the Eagle River Provincial Waterway Park.
“Our clean rivers are globally significant. We have people from across the world flying in to fish the Eagle,” said Gudrid Hutchings, co-owner and manager of the Rifflin' Hitch Lodge, a remote 5-star lodge on the Eagle River. “People around here don’t realize that rivers like the Eagle are unique in the world, as so few regions still have healthy rivers and fish stocks.”
The students were treated to presentations about FOER, Canadian Rivers Day, the wildlife, fish, and cultural traditions of the Eagle River, and how a provincial waterway park is necessary for this beautiful river. Local musician Jacinda Beals delighted the students with her funky, rocking tunes from the Big Land. See www.friendsoftheeagleriver.org for more information.
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