Salmonier Nature Park

December 30, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

It was 1972 when I first found this gully in the centre of Salmonier Nature Park. I had been hired as the first manager of the place and had been handed over this completely wild and wonderful representation of the central Avalon landscape to work with. I was using map and compass (no GPS then) to find my way through dense woods, wetlands, brooks and ponds to establish a trail system and animal enclosures for the rehabilitation of orphaned and injured wildlife and for educating folks about the natural systems of Newfoundland/Labrador. My overriding concern was to preserve the natural system that was there while allowing visitors to have an intimate experience with it. The stakes were high because I knew it would be easy to do a bad job, and hard to do a good one. When I reached this spot I felt reverence for the place and wondered, as took it in, "How can thousands of people per year experience this without harming it?" Well, this photo was taken 43 years later after hundreds of thousands have walked these trails and I still feel the reverence. That's satisfying.
 


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