By KAREN WELLS
LEWISPORTE — There was discussion at the Oct. 9 Lewisporte Town Council meeting pertaining to a letter related to the potential of commercial harvesting within the Stanhope Pond Protected Water Supply Area of merchantable softwood.
The projected area of the commercial harvest is approximately 450 hectares, representing about 17 per cent of the total watershed area.
The letter contained points noted from a recent meeting involving members of council and Town staff with a representative of the Department of Natural Resources – Forestry Services Branch.
Deputy Mayor Les Watton made note that, “No one has more responsibility for what happens in that watershed area than the people around this (council) table.”
To that Councillor Karen LeDrew-Day added that it is also important to protect the wetland habitat in the watershed area.
Council decided they would defer this issue to another meeting until they had more information.
Also in attendance at the Oct. 9 meeting were Mayor Brian Sceviour, Councillor Edward Vatcher, Town manager Brian Peckford, Recreation director Derek Bennett, superintendent of Public Works Paul Pelley and Town clerk Elaine Bursey.
Representatives from the Memorial University Marine Institute Lewisporte Regional Fisheries and Marine Centre provided a presentation on the past year of operation at the facility. See related article on page 1A.