Volunteers needed for Musquash Estuary trails
Community to benefit from Nature Conservancy of Canada, federal support
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is looking for volunteers on Saturday, June 3 at NCC’s Musquash Estuary Nature Reserve near Saint John to help maintain popular hiking trails there. The project involves trimming branches, replacing trail markers and building structures over wet areas. It is the first of several Conservation Volunteers events hosted by NCC in New Brunswick this summer.
Through its Conservation Volunteers program, NCC offers Canadians hands-on opportunities to help restore and care for some of Canada’s most important natural areas.
“The Nature Conservancy of Canada has helped protect more than 20,000 acres in 29 reserves across New Brunswick, and we rely on local volunteers to help us care for these special places,” says Laurel Bernard, NCC’s Atlantic director of stewardship. “NCC’s reserves are protected for wildlife and species at risk, but also for people to enjoy. When volunteers come out and help us, we can do more to keep these nature reserves attractive places for communities to use.”
To help carry out this important stewardship work, funding was provided by the Government of Canada through the Natural Areas Conservation Program, as well as through the New Brunswick Environmental Trust Fund, the New Brunswick Wildlife Trust Fund and the Community Foundation.
People may register for the one-day event at Musquash by visiting our website or by calling toll free 1-877-231-4400.
• The Nature Conservancy of Canada has been working in the Musquash Estuary for more than 10 years. It is the last fully functioning estuary (where river meets the sea) on the Bay of Fundy, and is an important staging area for migratory birds.
• Since 2006, the NCC’s Conservation Volunteers program has led to more than 16,000 Canadians completing more than 1,385 conservation projects across the country.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada is the nation's leading land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped protect more than 1.1 million hectares (2.8 million acres), coast to coast, with more than 30,000 hectares (74,000 acres) in Atlantic Canada.
The Government of Canada’s Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP) is a unique public-private partnership led by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). To date, $345 million has been invested in the NACP by the Government of Canada to secure our natural heritage. Additionally, more than $500 million in matching contributions has been raised by NCC and its partners.
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