SAM works with the Eastern Habitat Joint Venture in NL to secure, enhance, & restore important wildlife habitat (wetlands, uplands, coastal areas, & species at risk habitat) within municipal planning boundaries. As a network of communities who practice environmental stewardship across NL, SAM contributes to maintaining & enhancing biodiversity in the province
What We Do
The Stewardship Association of Municipalities Inc (known affectionately as “SAM”) is an incorporated, non-governmental organization comprised of a network of municipalities who have formally committed to the practice of environmental stewardship in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Municipal members have signed Habitat Stewardship Agreements with the provincial government, publicly committing to the conservation of important wildlife habitat found within their municipal planning boundaries. The first Habitat Stewardship Agreements were signed in 1993 in Gander and Whitbourne.
Municipalities met for the first time in 1994 to share experiences and plan conservation projects, and SAM was formally incorporated in 1999. Since that time, SAM has been successful in encouraging over 40 municipal governments to engage in wildlife habitat conservation, enhancement and stewardship. SAM’s membership secures over 50,000 acres of wildlife habitat and continue to influence land use activities over more than 650,000 acres right across the province.
SAM’s primary role, in supporting the activities of the Eastern Habitat Joint Venture (EHJV), has been to promote habitat conservation by bringing together the two entities with jurisdiction over land, namely the municipality and the provincial government. Once an agreement has been signed between the parties, SAM continues to support and facilitate the relationship, in partnership with other members of the NL EHJV, by engaging members in environmental education, habitat restoration or enhancement projects and ongoing stewardship.
What can SAM do for our members
If you are a member of SAM we are here to help support your conservation efforts.
See the list below of potential areas of support for members of our organization.
Do you have an idea for a project or need support in your stewardship initiatives? Send us an email at email@example.com for help!
- Written letters of support for your projects/funding proposals
- Assist with funding applications and proposals
- Resources to help train your staff/students/residents/green teams that are involved in public environmental interpretation
- Scientific review of environmental signage and communication materials
- SAM provides each municipal member with one road sign and one interpretative sign
- Development of interpretative signage for SAM conservation areas
- Support in organizing community clean-ups
- Presentation templates on conservation, stewardship, birding, wildlife and more!
- Support for educational programming including public resources
- Promotion of municipal stewardship events
- Help to create partnerships with other members of the EHJV (see below)