Municipal Affairs and Environment

Registration 1453

Gander Bay Highway - Island Pond Cranberry Development

Proponent: Newfoundland and Labrador Corp.

Summary of Environmental Assessment Process

Project Description

The proposal is to develop a cranberry farm on a 101 hectare peat bog. The site, known as Bursey’s Marsh, is located approximately 22 kilometres north of Gander on the Gander Bay Highway Route 330. Construction of the cranberry beds is scheduled over two years with half of the area developed each year. The development will include removal of vegetation, ditching installation of irrigation and sediment ponds, berms, bed drainage tile, water control structures and farm auxiliary buildings. Sand, fertilizers and pesticides will be applied to the cranberry beds during operation. Harvesting of the cranberries includes flooding each field, in succession, with approximately 45 centimetres of water and removal with a cranberry beater. The project is scheduled to commence in the fall of 2009, if approved.

  • October 21, 2009 - The undertaking was registered.
  • November 26, 2009 - Public comments are due.
  • December 6, 2009 - The Minister's decision is due.
  • January 6, 2009 - The Minister released the undertaking.

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