Newfoundland and Labrador


Mouth of Steady Brook, NF/Jessica Humber

Mouth of Steady Brook, Newfoundland/
Jessica Humber

Newfoundland and Labrador Eastern Habitat Joint Venture (NL-EHJV) partners acquire, conserve and enhance important wildlife habitat across the Province. The NL-EHJV Program of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) was established in 1989 and is administered through the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Environment and Conservation’s Wildlife Division

Program Delivery Partners


Common Goldeneye/
©Ducks Unlimited Canada

Ducks Unlimited Canada
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Canadian Wildlife Service
Nature Conservancy of Canada
Newfoundland and Labrador Department  of Environment and Conservation’s Wildlife  Division
Stewardship Association of Municipalities Inc.
Wildlife Habitat Canada

Wildlife and Habitat Stewardship

Common Goldeneye next box near Labrador

Common Goldeneye nest
box near Labrador/
Charmaine Barney

The NL-EHJV implements a stewardship program wherein municipalities, corporations and private landowners join forces to conserve significant tracts of wildlife habitat across the Province. The program’s primary objective is to help communities, developers and landowners become more aware of the value of wildlife habitat within their jurisdictions and to empower them to conserve and enhance these areas.

Stewardship agreements represent formal public commitments among interested parties and the provincial government to conserve valuable wildlife habitat. These agreements and associated habitat conservation plans outline the wetland, coastal or species at risk habitat to be protected and identify future habitat-conservation enhancement strategies.

The Stewardship Association
of Municipalities Inc.

EHJV Program Manager, Jonathon Sharpe

NL-EHJV Program Manager, Jonathan Sharpe presenting a road sign to Town of Steady Brook during municipal stewardship agreement signing ceremony in 2011/
Tyler Dyke

The Stewardship Association of Municipalities Inc. (SAM) is an incorporated, non-governmental organization formed by municipalities that have signed stewardship agreements. Member municipalities work in partnership with the provincial government to retain and enhance important wildlife habitat within municipal planning boundaries. Membership is open to all municipalities that commit to the securement of valuable wildlife habitat within their planning boundaries by entering into a formal agreement with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador under the Municipal Habitat Stewardship Program.

SAM Newsletter

Jan 26 All Agreements Overview Stamen Lite 300 dpi
For larger image, click here.


Communities that have signed Stewardship Agreements include:


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Types of Stewardship Agreements

Wetland Stewardship

Wetland stewardship focuses on conserving wetland and associated upland habitats that support waterfowl populations, particularly for breeding and staging.

Coastal Stewardship

Coastal habitat stewardship agreements focus on the conservation of seabirds, sea ducks (e.g., Common Eider), shorebirds and the surrounding coastal habitat.

Male and Female Common Eiders in Table Bay Labrador

Male and female Common Eiders – Table Bay,
Labrador/Leslie Hamel

Species at Risk Stewardship

Species at risk stewardship aims to increase awareness of the presence and value of species at risk by emphasizing the importance of habitat protection. NL-EHJV partners seek to foster interest within municipalities and by individuals and corporations to conserve these species and their habitat within their jurisdictions.



How to Get Involved in Wildlife and Habitat Stewardship

Any municipality, corporation or individual landowner in Newfoundland and Labrador is invited to inquire about becoming involved in wildlife and habitat stewardship by contacting the Stewardship Section of the Newfoundland Department of Environment Conservation Wildlife Division. If your community is home to significant wildlife populations, special areas of wetland/coastal habitat and/or species at risk, you can play a lead role in the conservation of the Province’s wildlife habitat with just a few simple steps:

  • 1. Request an introductory meeting and site visit conducted by stewardship staff
  • 2. If there is mutual interest, stewardship staff will submit a proposal for review and potential     acceptance
  • 3. Stewardship agreement signing
  • 4. Habitat Conservation Plan development, review and signing
  • 5. Implementation of the Habitat Conservation Plan
Deer lake Mayor Dean Ball,Environment and Conservation Minister Ross Wiseman and Humber Vallley MAH Darryl Kelly

Deer Lake Mayor Dean Ball, Environment and
Conservation Minister Ross Wiseman and Humber
Valley MHA Darryl Kelly signed a Municipal Wetland
Stewardship Agreement for Deer Lake in June, 2011/
Heather Chaffey

Stewardship Achievements
As of 2011, 36 municipalities, 2 corporate bodies and a number of private landowners in several communities have signed stewardship agreements with the Province. Collectively, these individuals, communities and corporations represent a significant conservation movement in Newfoundland and Labrador. Altogether, partners have secured over 13,350 hectares of wildlife habitat and positively impacted (in part by municipal planning) an additional 161,870 hectares through the implementation of
wise-use principles.

Wetland Policy

Newfoundland and Labrador’s Wetland Conservation Policy was approved in 2001.For more information, see the NL-EHJV Five Year Implementation Plan.


Jonathan Sharpe

NL-EHJV Program Manager
Senior Biologist (Stewardship)
Wildlife Division
Department of Environment and Conservation

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