The Need For Sustainability
As an important element of any enduring undertaking is to provide ongoing sustainability, the International Appalachian Trail Newfoundland Labrador (IATNL) is committed to ensuring the continued viability of its mission to protect, promote and develop the eco resources of Western Newfoundland.
Given that sustainability is most assured when established from within, an important goal is to identify and encourage the adoption of "made at home" initiatives that are supported at the local community level.
One such opportunity is to maximize the value of the region's environmental assets and direct the benefit back into that environment and its adjacent communities, which are important stewards and beneficiaries of that resource.
This would be not unlike drawing the equity from a family's home and reinvesting it back into home restoration, as opposed to squandering it on other unrelated interests. For the residents of Western Newfoundland and its many communities, our environment is our extended home.
Special Management Areas
In January 2010, the IATNL and Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Limited (CBPPL) entered into a Memorandum Of Understanding to create five Special Management Areas in the Western Newfoundland woodlands managed by CBPPL.
The agreement includes an indefinite moratorium on operations and developments inconsistent with the environmental and adventure tourism values of over 300 square kilometres (30,000 hectares). Located in Codroy, Serpentine, Chimney Cove, Brian’s Pond Inner Pond and West Blue Inner Pond valleys, the areas are distributed throughout Western Newfoundland along the IATNL route.
Unlike the planned provincial wildlife reserves such as those at Cape John, Mare Cove, Cloud River and the Highlands of St. John that would prohibit development of any kind (including footpaths), the IATNL-CBPPL protected areas were established as Special Management Area Reserves with Trails. These SMART sites are to be managed with the goal of protecting their environmental, recreational, and spiritual value, while at the same time making them accessible to tourists, residents, and low-impact developments that provide economic benefit to local communities.