By Karen Schlick, ESFWA
Quick! What local group is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2023?
Hint number one: Its members spent 10 years lobbying to make Ship Harbour Long Lake a protected area (success!).
Hint number two: The board has been holding gold mining companies’ feet to the fire since 2007, endeavouring to keep them accountable and protect our wetlands, watersheds, and wildlife.
Hint number three: This group fought for public fairness and transparency in the Owls Head court case, which delayed the government sale of Owls Head Provincial Park. (We’re happy to say that it’s now legally protected.)
You may recognize these clues as evidence of Eastern Shore Forest Watch’s dedication to protecting the Eastern Shore. If you are unfamiliar with this environmental organization, or you are new to the area, this is the year to find out more!
Our focus is protecting the Eastern Shore’s exquisite natural beauty and important ecosystems, which are becoming more valuable every day.
Eastern Shore Forest Watch Association is committed to communicating with residents about ongoing environmental concerns. Whether it’s protecting forests, watersheds, or species at risk, ESFWA has been vigilant in communicating what residents need to know.
This year is Forest Watch’s Silver Anniversary and we’re celebrating with special events. Eastern Shore Forest Watch: Revisit, Reflect, Renew at the Silver Gate will take place April 29 at the Deanery Project in Lower Ship Harbour. (www.thedeaneryproject.com)
A celebration is also in the works at the Deanery for June. Keep an eye out on social media and in the pages of this newspaper for further details! We hope you can join us in celebrating the protection of our beautiful Eastern Shore.
To stay updated or get involved, please visit www.forestwatch.ca or follow us on Facebook.