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Deer Lake’s council is trying to get clarification on what is covered in the town’s stewardship agreement on a small island at the mouth of the Humber River. Council wants to know if the island can be used for anything in the future, such as walking trails.
DEER LAKE Council is seeking clarification on how a recent stewardship agreement will affect a small island at the mouth of the Humber River near the Deer Lake RV Park and Campground.
In 2011, the town received a stewardship agreement from the Department of Natural Resources which protects wetlands in the area. It isn’t clear if the island can be used or if it is part of the agreement, and council is hoping to gain that clarification in the coming weeks.
The town already knows there can’t be residential development on the island, but would like to keep it open for future recreational use even though there are no plans at the moment. Council also would like to find out about any boating restrictions around the island.
“I wouldn’t want to jeopardize anything we might want to do there,” said Mayor Dean Ball during the meeting.
“Maybe in the future we might have a bridge out there and use it (for walking trails).”
No wood cutting is currently permitted on the island, which doesn’t actually have a name and is known locally as simply “the island.”
It is the home of nesting ducks and other animals that are supposed to be protected under the agreement.
The Municipal Stewardship Program serves as a mechanism for protecting wildlife habitat located within municipal jurisdictions.
Deer Lake became part of the program in July 2011, along with several other towns across the province.