Memorial University is heavily represented on the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Ecological Reserves Advisory Committee.
Minister Joan Shea, Environment and Conservation, recently announced the appointment of 11 individuals, which include three re-appointments and eight new appointments.
A number of these individuals have direct ties to Memorial. Dr. Bill Montevecchi, Department of Psychology; Dr. Len Zedel, Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography; and Dr. Luise Hermanutz and Dr. Yolanda Wiersma, both with the Department of Biology, all teach at the university. Several of the other members are alumni.
The Wilderness and Ecological Reserves Advisory Council Committee is an independent group made of citizens from a variety of backgrounds and all regions of the province. The council's work and recommendations are directed by scientific research and public input. It is mandated by the Wilderness and Ecological Reserves Act for the purpose of advising the Lieutenant-Governor in Council, through the Minister of Environment and Conservation, on matters relating to the establishment, management and termination of wilderness and ecological reserves.
Council members are selected based on their significant training, experience or employment in the field of natural resources; appreciation of the role of the council and the reserves establishment process; and interest in, and commitment to, the protection of the environment and natural heritage. Their appointments are for a three-year term, effective May 1, 2014.
“I am pleased to announce these appointments to the Wilderness and Ecological Reserves Advisory Council,” said Minister Shea in a government release. “These members will bring expertise and regional representation to the advisory council and make a valuable contribution in our efforts to ensure the preservation of our wilderness and ecological reserves and the protection of natural areas in our province.”