RCMP revs up covert ops ahead of May 24 start of ATV season

Since 2018, 38 people have died in ATV crashes in N.L.

CBC News · Posted: May 20, 2021 4:55 PM NT | Last Updated: May 204 comments

The RCMP launched Phase 2 of their ATV safety campaign in Newfoundland and Labrador on Thursday. (Jeremy Eaton/CBC)

There has been one death this year involving an ATV in Newfoundland and Labrador, compared with four at the same point last year, according to the RCMP, which launched the second phase of its ATV safety campaign on Thursday. 

With the Victoria Day long weekend ahead, the RCMP picked Thursday to reiterate the importance of ATV safety with an expected increase in ATV activity over the weekend and through the rest of the summer.

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N.L. government broke its own rules in allowing ATV trail in protected waterway

Conservationists upset about potential damage to Main River watershed

Lindsay Bird · CBC News · Posted: Apr 22, 2021 6:00 AM NT | Last Updated: 6 hours ago6 comments

The Main River was designated a Canadian Heritage River in 2001 for its pristine watershed and old-growth forest. In 2009, it became a provincial park. (Submitted by Lem Mayo)

Gary Gale has known the Main River his whole life — and how special the Northern Peninsula waterway, and the land surrounding it, is.

“I’ve fished and hiked the Main, God — since I was knee-high to a grasshopper, I suppose,” he told CBC from his home in Hampden.

The Main River is about as remote as it gets in Newfoundland. You can see the mouth of it, where it spills into White Bay between the two communities of Sop’s Arm and Pollard’s Point, but there was no road access into its watershed whatsoever until the mid-1980s, and even then, nothing beyond rough woods roads.

Its pristine waters and old-growth forest led to it being designated a Canadian Heritage River in 2001 — the first one in the province — for what that organization deemed “its outstanding natural and recreational values.” In 2009, an extra layer of protection was added, when the province established the Main River Waterway Provincial Park.

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A green summer: Newfoundland and Labrador youth at forefront of environmental, cultural sustainability – The Telegram

Premium contentJuanita Mercer(juanita.mercer@thetelegram.com)

Kids these days.

Just look at them:

Here’s 16-year-old Liam French tidying trails at O’Brien Farm in St. John’s, and there’s 19-year-old Willa Neilsen cleaning up the beach in North West River.

These Conservation Corps Newfoundland and Labrador (CCNL) Green Team members have spent their summer improving the environment while conserving culturally-significant parts of their communities, and gaining valuable skills in the process.

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Volunteers Come Together to Repair Well-Used Bridge in George’s Brook – VOCM Local News Now

Aug 17, 2020 7:21 AM

Although the province has several months until snowmobiling weather, the summer is a good time to groom trails and fix up old bridges.

group of volunteers took advantage of some nice weather over the weekend to get together and fix up one of the bridges in George’s Brook that was in need of repairs.

The bridge is part of a 76-kilometre multi-vehicle trail that runs through the old Bonavista railway line, the Forest Access Road in Lethbridge, and along to Clarenville.

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Province kicks in money towards Twillingate Island Trails project – The Telegram

The Twillingate trail system will be getting some tender love and care soon.

This is after the provincial government announced more than $90,000 to help with the development, maintenance and expansion of trails in the Twillingate area.

Previously, the federal government and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency announced $273,811 towards the project.

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