SAM Member Since: June 2023
Area Protected: 1515 acres
Pasadena is a municipality of approximately 3600, located in the Humber Valley area of Western Newfoundland, at the juncture of the North Shore Valley and Humber Valley and along the sandy shores of Deer Lake. Both the Town and the residents of Pasadena have a strong interest in outdoor recreation and the environment. Conservation and stewardship can be seen all around town, through the emphasis on sustainable use and sustainable development, the enduring popularity of the Pasadena Ski and Nature Park, and other municipal trails, and active angling and birding communities.
The entirety of the Town of Pasadena is within the Corner Brook sub-region of the Western Newfoundland Forest Ecoregion. This ecoregion is characterized by a humid climate and a relatively longer frost-free period, which contributes to it containing some of the best forest growth sites. Balsam fir (Abies balsamea) is the dominant forest type, and Yellow birch (Betula allegheniensis) and Red maple (Acerrubrum) are also common. Pasadena is also home to many species of waterfowl (such as American black duck, Green-winged teal, mergansers) and shorebirds (such as Semipalmated plover and Killdeer). Various species of passerine birds (waxwings, warblers, sparrows, and more) are known visitors and residents familiar to many. In addition to the dozens of bird species known to be supported in these areas, many other animals, plants, mushrooms, and lichens, call Pasadena home. One notable species is the Newfoundland marten (Martes americana atrata), a vulnerable subspecies of Pine marten (Martes americana). A keystone species, the Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar), can be found using various riffle, pool, run habitat types in the waters of the South Brook, which flows into the mighty Humber River.
The following three areas have been designated as 'Conservation Areas' within the Town of Pasadena for their important wildlife habitat: South Brook, Pasadena Ski and Nature Park, and Blue Gulch Pond, totaling 1515 acres (613 hectares).