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Conservation at the St. John’s Rod & Gun Club
Did you know that at least seven of the 12 objects (or purposes) contained in our Memorandum of Association (the “Association” being the St. John’s Rod & Gun Club) are directly related to wildlife and conservation issues?
More specifically, and among other objects, the Club was formed:
- To encourage the protection and restoration of waters, wildlife, forest, and field;
- To educate the general public in recognizing resource conservation as vital to our way of life;
- To support legislation designed to curtail or eliminate activities destructive to natural resources;
- To support activities seeking to replenish or renew natural resources;
- To cooperate with provincial agencies involved in improving and strengthening resources through wise utilization;
- To promote the highest standards of sportsmanship and to foster farmer-sportsman cooperation; and
- To stimulate and encourage public interest in natural resources and resource management.
To the casual observer, it might appear that the shooting sports have very little to do with the protection, restoration and conservation of invaluable natural resources like our waters, wildlife, forests and fields. Cynics might even argue they are counter-intuitive. But nothing could be further from the truth.
We are extremely fortunate in North America, and even more particularly, in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, to be blessed with rich natural resources, including wildlife and wild spaces, and moreover, to be part of a model of conservation that recognizes, provides for, and directs the use and management of these resources.
How did we come to be entrusted with such a model? By the conservation efforts of more than 100 years’ worth of sportsmen. That’s right, by hunters and anglers and people who love the outdoors, from the 19th century through to the present day. The kinds of people that formed this Club more than fifty years ago and continue to stand among its membership.
The St. John’s Rod & Gun Club has long enjoyed a close relationship with the Newfoundland & Labrador Wildlife Federation (NLWF), which was founded in 1962 and is the largest and oldest conservation organization in the Province. The NLWF is a charitable non-governmental organization dedicated to the principle that natural renewable resources are economic, social, recreational and aesthetic assets that must be restored, wisely used and perpetuated for posterity. Both levels of government, federal and provincial, often seek out the NLWF in policy matters and decisions affecting the future of wildlife resources and environment issues.
For example, the NLWF is the only hunters & anglers advocacy and wildlife conservation group in the Province to have a seat on the national Hunting & Angling Advisory Panel, and has longstanding and established relationships with like-minded organizations across Canada, including the BC Wildlife Federation, Yukon Fish and Game Assn, NWT Wildlife Federation, Alberta Fish and Game Assn, Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, Manitoba Wildlife Federation, Ontario Federation of Hunters and Anglers, La Federation Quebecoise des Chasseurs et Pecheurs, New Brunswick Wildlife Federation, PEI Wildlife Federation, and the Nova Scotia Federation of Hunters and Anglers. Here are just some of the issues being tackled by the NLWF:
- Declining insular caribou populations and the five year Caribou Strategy (2008-13)
- Declining caribou populations in Labrador (George River et al) and the Labrador Caribou Initiative
- Atlantic Salmon
- Open pen fin fish aquaculture
- Invasive species - green crab, eastern coyote, garter snakes, raccoons, etc.
- Moose hunting in the National Parks (Gros Morne and Terra Nova)
- Moose management strategy
- Endangered species
- Forest resource management
- Outdoor Bill of Rights
- Public food fishery
- Cuts to wildlife protection and enforcement
- Institution of a wildlife habitat and conservation fund
- Lowering the legal age for hunting
- The long gun registry and firearms legislation
- Hunters helping the hungry
- Legalizing new rimfire cartridges for small game hunting, hunting with crossbows, and hunting with raptors
- Trail stickers and access to wilderness