"We can't allow things that are inaccurate to stand." — The Word of Our Dan, February 19, 2008.

Monday, February 15, 2010


The Mealy Mountains, and most of the features of the proposed future Mealy Mountains National Park Reserve, were shaped by the last glaciation.

It's fitting, then, that some things seem to move at a glacial pace:
The Commission recognizes that the location, size and type of national park [in Labrador] is a matter requiring various kinds of expertise. It believes, however, that some of that expertise rests with the people who normally have no day-to-day concern with national parks, but whose particular expertise is centred on an intimate knowledge of the area. It is urged that full consultation, at all phases of parks planning in Labrador, be undertaken with the people who are likely to be affected.

There is one area of Labrador which appears to commend itself as a site for a national park; that is the Mealy Mountains area. It is difficult to recommend the type or size of reserve which would best suit the Mealy Mountains area... There are a number of reasons why all or part of this area should be preserved in such fashion.

1. The proximity of Happy Valley/Goose Bay, Lake Melville and Sandwich Bay communities makes both obviously recreational areas. The combination of boreal forest, mountain tundra, coastal sandy beach, Lake Melville, and large lakes and rivers, is also very desirable. The area lends itself to such recreational pursuits as camping, downhilll and cross-country skiing, fishing, back-packing, nature trails, canoeing, and pleasure cruising. The area also contains a number of archaeological sites and interesting geological features.


The Commission recommends that, in the interest of preserving the environment of Labrador... the Province should also urge the appropriate federal agency to develop plans for a national park, in consultation with the people of Labrador, who are likely to be affected by the decision.
Bragging rights to anyone who can identify the source (and date) of the foregoing passages.


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