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Wilderness and Ecological Reserves Advisory Council

Department

Fisheries and Land Resources

Authority

Section 6 of the Wilderness and Ecological Reserves Act

Remuneration

No Remuneration

Purpose:

The Wilderness and Ecological Reserves Act (WER Act) guides the creation of a system of protected areas in the province to conserve wilderness, representative or unique ecosystems, species, or natural phenomena. The Act (s. 6) also calls for the creation of an 11-member council called the Wilderness and Ecological Reserves Advisory Council (WERAC).

WERAC’s purpose is to provide advice to government on the establishment, management and termination of wilderness and ecological reserves in the province via the following activities:

  • Examines areas of the province in order to determine which areas are suitable for the establishment of a reserve
  • Accepts recommendations from the public in relation to the establishment of, change to, or termination of a reserve
  • Consults stakeholder and public hearings, as per the timelines set out in the Act, to consider submissions, representations and objections respecting the establishment, change to, or termination of a reserve
  • Provides information on areas determined as suitable for the establishment of a reserve to interested government departments, or boards or commissions appointed by government
  • Reports to the Lieutenant-Governor in Council, through the Minister, on the advisability of reserve establishment. This will include a review of the benefits and disadvantages of the establishment, and with a review of the public hearing proceedings
  • Makes recommendations to the Minister on the management of existing reserves.

For additional information about the role of WERAC, please visit: http://www.env.gov.nl.ca/env/parks/wer/adc/index.html

Structure:

The advisory council is made up of 11 members, with at least 6 of 11 members representing the public. Every effort is made to make sure that membership is representative of all regions of the province, is gender balanced, with a youth representative. A chair and vice-chair are appointed by the council. 

To become a member of WERAC, each successful nominee must possess the following criteria:

  • significant training, experience, or employment in a natural-resource field
  • appreciation for the role of WERAC and the reserves-establishment process
  • interest in and commitment to the protection of the province's natural heritage
  • ability to work in a committee setting and time to commit to the working of the Council

Competency Profile:

Those who make up WERAC should collectively possess the following core competencies:

  • Knowledge of Natural Resource Management
  • Outdoor Experience such as Hiking, Outfitting, Fishing or Hunting
  • Knowledge of Environmental Education
  • Knowledge of Plant Biology
  • Knowledge of Seabird Biology
  • Knowledge of Wildlife Management
  • Knowledge of Cultural and Natural Heritage
  • Knowledge of Protected Areas Management and/or Planning
  • Protected Area Governance
  • Enforcement Experience
  • Interagency and/or Intergovernmental Relations
  • Writing
  • Public speaking
  • Facilitation Skills

Qualifications:

  • high ethical standards and integrity
  • capable of maintaining confidentiality and handling confidential information
  • appreciation of the responsibilities to the public
  • appreciation for and understanding of the process of reserve establishment and management
  • flexible, responsive and willing to consider others’ opinions
  • capable of a wide perspective on issues
  • ability to listen to members and the public
  • ability to work together as a team
  • no direct or indirect conflict of interest
  • strong reasoning skills
  • Previous experience working on a board or committee

Time Commitments:

Members of the WERAC should be available to meet four to six times per year, including meetings and consultations. Any subcommittees created through the council may meet as required to address the sub-committee work and action items. Council members may also be expected to spend additional time reviewing materials, drafting letters, writing or reviewing recommendation reports, assessing nominations for protection and preparing for council meetings.

Term:

Members of the council are appointed for a term of 3 years. Chair and Vice-Chair are elected for a term of 1 year, after which they can be re-elected.

Additional Information:

A member of the advisory council is not entitled to payment for services performed as a member of the council. However, they are entitled to be compensated for travelling and other expenses reasonably incurred in attending council meetings or in the discharge of duties assigned to the member by the advisory council.

A Labrador Subcommittee has been established to assist in moving forward with protected area establishment and management in Labrador. Membership on the subcommittee is decided by the Council members, and made up of Council members.  It is desirable to have at least one member of the sub-committee who is a resident of Labrador.

 

Vacancy Profile:

Of the 11 positions on the council, all will be vacant as of April 30, 2017. To fill the upcoming vacancies, expressions of interest are being sought from individuals who possess the background, experience and skill-set identified in the WERAC profile and who can bring some of the core competencies to the table. Consideration will also be given to the demographic factors noted above to ensure that the board is representative of the population of NL.

Current Members:
NameTitleAppointment TypeAppointment Date (yyyy/mm/dd)Expiry Date (yyyy/mm/dd)
Frampton, Mr. Keith MemberLieutenant Governor in Council2014-05-012017-04-30
French, Mr. Victor MemberLieutenant Governor in Council2014-05-012017-04-30
Genge, Ms. Barbara MemberLieutenant Governor in Council2014-05-012017-04-30
Goudie, Mr. Joseph MemberLieutenant Governor in Council2014-05-012017-04-30
Hermanutz, Ms. Luise MemberLieutenant Governor in Council2014-05-012017-04-30
Montevecchi, Dr. William (Bill) MemberLieutenant Governor in Council2014-05-012017-04-30
Neville, Ms. Victoria MemberLieutenant Governor in Council2014-05-012017-04-30
Philpott, Mr. Thomas MemberLieutenant Governor in Council2014-05-012017-04-30
Wiersma, Dr. Yolanda MemberLieutenant Governor in Council2014-05-012017-04-30
Wood, Mr. Graham MemberLieutenant Governor in Council2014-05-012017-04-30
Zedel, Dr. Len MemberLieutenant Governor in Council2014-05-012017-04-30

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