St. Lawrence is located on the eastern side of the Burin Peninsula, along the south coast of Newfoundland, and has a population of approximately 1,192. There is a significant amount of fluorspar in the area, and mining of this resource began in the early 1930s. Other important industries include wind power generation and a fish processing plant.
The Conservation Area in the Town of St. Lawrence encompasses the coastline beginning at the municipal boundary at the outflow of Three Stick Pond, extending east to Salt Cove, and also extends inland for ~400 metres. The habitat in this coastal region, typical to that of the Eastern Hyper-oceanic Barrens Ecoregion, contains scattered balsam fir tuckamore with extensive open barrens and bogs with common grass, fern and shrub species. This coastal Conservation Area is also home to immense numbers of wildlife including shorebirds, waterfowl and seabirds from nearby nesting colonies at the Lawn Islands Archipelago Reserve.