Nature reserve secured near Stephenville
Not many people receive land as a christening gift. But in 1927, that’s exactly what happened to Fred Carter Sr. For many years, he enjoyed spending time at his riverside cabin on the property, located near Stephenville.
In February 2018, his sons Fred and Ralph Carter partially donated the Barachois Brook property to the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) in memory of their father, who was an avid salmon fisherman. NCC will continue to allow access to the nature reserve for recreation and traditional uses, such as fishing.
The 79-hectare (195-acre) nature reserve borders Barachois Pond Provincial Park. The reserve surrounds over two kilometres of Barachois Brook, a well-known Atlantic salmon river. The forest in the area is habitat for red fox, black bear and more than 100 species of birds, including ruffed grouse. The threatened Newfoundland population of the American marten is also found in the area.
Conservation of this property was made possible with funding from the Government of Canada, through the Natural Areas Conservation Program. A portion of the property was donated to NCC through the federal government’s Ecological Gifts program, which provides tax incentives for donations of ecologically significant land. Support for this project was also provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. The Nature Conservancy of Canada protects more than 5,000 acres (2,000 hectares) on the west coast of Newfoundland, including the Sandy Point Nature Reserve, the Grasses Nature Reserve and the Grand Codroy Estuary Nature Reserve.