02/05/2010 - Environmentalists are heaping praise on the Conservative government after its announcement Friday of the creation of a massive new national park in Labrador — a sprawling, 11,000-sq.-km protected area described as "bigger than the United States' Yellowstone and Yosemite parks combined."
Details about the new Mealy Mountains National Park, to be the single largest federal conservation zone in Eastern Canada, were unveiled by Environment Minister Jim Prentice during a press conference in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, N.L. with Newfoundland and Labrador's Environment Minister Charlene Johnson.
Pew Environment Group, a U.S.-based conservation advocacy organization, hailed the new park as a "great leap forward" for Canada's national park system, the protection of the continent's boreal forest and the promotion of biodiversity.
"These new parks will draw tourists from around the world, conserve lands important to aboriginal Canadians and safeguard the habitat of the Mealy Mountains woodland caribou herd," said Steve Kallick, the director of Pew's international boreal conservation campaign. "The scale of this new protected area is remarkable."
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