Ragged Beach is an achingly beautiful stretch of pristine, dark coastline on the south side of Witless Bay, Newfoundland Canada. This coastline has never been inhabited or developed, and sits directly across from the world-renowned Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, an area that has been classified by Important Bird Areas of Canada as a globally significant reserve.
Witless Bay Ecological Reserve facts: home to 500,000 nesting Atlantic puffins, 1.3 million nesting storm petrels, and summer feeding grounds for ~ 10,000 humpback whales as well as a sensitive ecology for a wide range of mammals, seabirds, fish, and flora.
There is much science that tells us how detrimental light pollution is to migrating seabirds, and we have seen the efforts of the Witless Bay Puffin and Petrel Patrol over the years as they rescued hundreds of stranded petrels and puffling chicks who get stranded in the town each summer and fall due to light pollution.
Most of the land at Ragged Beach is crown land – public land – and local residents and environmentalists have been fighting to protect these important, sensitive lands for 11 years – against an aggressive town council and land developers who want to monetize this coastline for enormous profit for a few, at the expense of all.
The provincial government of Newfoundland and Labrador have turned a blind eye to this destruction of a provincial treasure, and so residents of the town are left to take on the personal cost, in terms of time and money, to ensure these lands are protected for generations to come.
We are currently in the midst of an expensive legal battle with the Town of Witless Bay. While they have deep reserves of taxpayers money to fight us with (with their 500 dollar an hour lawyer) – we need your help to continue the battle. We are on the side of right, and we can win – but only with the help of concerned citizens everywhere who believe in protecting critically environmentally sensitive areas like the dark coastline at Ragged Beach.
We have mounted a Supreme Court Challenge to stop developers and the town from bulldozing a road across public land that will open this entire coastline up to development. We urgently need your help to continue our fight. Every dollar counts.
Should there be any funds left over at the end of the campaign these will be donated to environmental organizations in the area who promote and protect places like Ragged Beach.
- Anne Pratt
- Angela Hynes
- Carol Belanger
- Charlie Boddie
- Kelvin Saunders
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