Henderson’s Point Project
Date: Saturday, November 26, 2022
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Place: Grand Manan Community Centre - Boy’s and Girl’s Club After School Room
Please join us on November 26, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) will be hosting an open house at the Grand Manan Community Centre to share information and listen to your feedback on the plan and hear your stories and memories of Henderson’s Point.
At NCC, our mission is to protect Canada's natural areas and maintain a diversity of native plants and wildlife across the landscape.
Normally, we do this by conserving natural areas, but sometimes landscapes have been altered and lack the elements needed to support native wildlife and biodiversity. In these cases, by rewilding altered habitats, we can help restore land and reverse the damage so that wildlife and people can thrive. NCC is committed to safeguarding nature and supporting community use and enjoyment of this land.
Ecological restoration or rewilding is the process of helping natural areas recover from damage and the human-caused impact that happened in the past or continues to occur today. It’s also a way to kick-start natural regeneration that would normally take many generations to happen.
When NCC acquired the Henderson’s Point property in 2017, we saw an opportunity to protect this special place for the more than 300 species of birds sighted here.
At Henderson’s Point on Grand Manan, a gravel pit was dug out of the old farm fields after the Henderson farm was abandoned. The pit provided much-needed aggregate for local building projects, but it didn’t provide a home for wildlife anymore. The area has also become a spot for trash dumping and is criss-crossed with ATV tracks.
Starting in the summer of 2023, NCC will begin reversing the damage to this beautiful piece of Grand Manan coastline with a multi-year project involving well-planned restoration work that will involve regrading and contouring, planting native tree species to restore coastal forest, and planting shrubs that will attract wildlife. When the project is complete, people will continue to have walking access, and there will be a dedicated motorized route through Henderson’s Point.
Because when nature thrives, people thrive.
For more information, contact Aaron Dowding, NCC's New Brunswick stewardship manager, at email@example.com or 1-877-231-3552.