In 1998, the Town of Grand Falls-Windsor joined the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador for the signing of a Municipal Stewardship Agreement. The agreement proclaimed the protection of some sensitive wetland areas within Grand Falls-Windsor, including an area near the Corduroy Brook and the nature trail system.
The agreement was significant for a number of reasons, not the least of which was that it allowed the commencement and completion of a wetland restoration project in Corduroy Brook, led by Ducks Unlimited.
Other areas included in the Stewardship Agreement were areas of Rushy and Little Rushy Ponds. Historically, both areas boast healthy waterfowl habitats and are extremely productive breeding grounds.
During the process of realizing the agreement, the CBEA worked closely with a division of the Provincial Government called Eastern Habitat Joint Venture (EHJV). Its purpose is to protect and enhance the wetlands of six eastern Canadian provinces from Newfoundland and Labrador to Ontario. It aims to do this by influencing the quality and quantity of wetlands through their restoration, enhancement, and protection.
Aided by the Corduroy Brook Enhancement Association, the EHJV approached the Town of Grand Falls-Windsor to enlist their interest in the Municipal Stewardship Program. Surveys conducted in the area indicated that there were significant wetland resources within the municipal boundaries to justify such an agreement.
In terms of the land in question, Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation, in a generous show of support to the Corduroy Brook Enhancement Association and its conservation efforts, agreed to donate a large parcel of land to be included in the proposed stewardship plan. The Corporation donated the land to the Town of Grand Falls-Windsor in trust for the Corduroy Brook Enhancement Association.
This was actually the second significant land donation in trust for the Corduroy Brook Enhancement Association since the project's inception. In 1996 the Bank of Montreal decided to donate a piece of land located in the middle of town, and valued at approximately $140,000, for use in trail development and conservation. Also, thanks to the Provincial Department of Transportation and Works we were granted access to a piece of land between Duggan Street and Cromer Avenue where trail development and stream enhancement have been carried out.
After much lobbying and field studies, a Municipal Stewardship Agreement was signed in July, 1998. Through the agreement 8 hectares of wetland habitat has been protected from future development in the area of Corduroy Brook.