SAM Member Since: May 1993
Acres Protected: 1,852
The Town of Whitbourne, with a population of 916, is located in the center of the Avalon Peninsula in Newfoundland. Whitbourne was Newfoundland's first inland town and was named after an early settler, Sir Richard Whitbourne, and the history of this central Avalon Peninsula community is strongly linked to the Newfoundland Railway. On May 31, 1993, Whitbourne became the first municipality in Newfoundland and Labrador to take part in the Municipal Habitat Stewardship Agreement. Thirteen years later, in 2006, Mayor Lloyd Gosse resigned an amendment to the Municipal Stewardship Agreement, reaffirming the Town's commitment to wildlife habitat conservation by doubling the size of the Management Units.
Conservation Areas are areas of critical importance to waterfowl, generally providing prime habitat for nesting and brood rearing. In the case of Whitbourne, the Town's Conservation Areas also provide habitat for the endangered red crossbill, the at-risk blue felt lichen and other rare species like the powdery kidney lichen, smooth lungwort and the Acadian quillwort. The majority of the areas consist of over a dozen small ponds scattered throughout the Town boundaries; two significant areas, the Hodge River Watershed and Junction Pond and numerous smaller ponds including Mill Pond, Island Cove Pond, Jones Pond, Baby Pond, Healey's Pond and Crooked Gully Pond. The Conservation Areas have a 30 meter buffers around the water bodies and total approximately 1,852 acres.