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Momentum for Gros Morne buffer zone continues to build!


For the third summer in a row, local volunteers will be reaching out to Gros Morne visitors and residents. They’ll be encouraging people who are visiting the park or living by it to support establishing a buffer zone to protect it permanently from industrial threats such as oil drilling and fracking.

A fun musical afternoon on August 23rd in Woody Point will have guests tapping their toes to the tunes of the Vinland Music Camp’s instructors and guests – all in honour of protecting Gros Morne. Click here for details about the event.

Even if you’re not in Newfoundland this summer, you can help by signing our pledge in support of a buffer zone and spreading the word through social media.

In other news, in May, CPAWS parks director, Alison Woodley, was invited to the local communities of Rocky Harbour and Woody Point  to talk with residents about what a buffer zone could look like and listening to what they had to say. There was lots of interest in getting involved in the project.

These activities followed from a March CPAWS event in St. John's to celebrate Gros Morne. During the day, CPAWS representatives and local Gros Morne residents met with 13 members of the House of Assembly, including Newfoundland and Labrador’s Minister of Environment, to talk about the need for a buffer zone around the park After our successful lobby day, we gathered at a very full Erin's Pub with 100 supporters to celebrate the majestic Gros Morne. Anne Marceau, one of our dedicated volunteers from Gros Morne was part of the day in St. John's and shared her experience in a guest blog post.

Read Anne's guest blog post

And if that’s not enough, in January of this year 30+ prominent Canadians, including Roberta Bondar and Tim Baker of Hey Rosetta, released an open letter asking for a buffer zone around Gros Morne.

Read the news release about the open letter