Conservation Volunteers at the Five Fathom Hole Trail in New Brunswick (Photo by NCC)

Conservation Volunteers at the Five Fathom Hole Trail in New Brunswick (Photo by NCC)

People making a difference

CVs in Musquash Estuary, NB (Photo by NCC)

CVs in Musquash Estuary, NB (Photo by NCC)

The Musquash Estuary Nature Reserve got its start thanks to the concern of a few caring people, and it has grown thanks to the generosity of many.

In the late 1990s, local residents formed the “Friends of Musquash” and advocated for the protection of the Estuary as a federal Marine Protected Area and protection of the surrounding lands, which were at the time slated to be developed as an industrial park. Life-long Musquash resident Mabel Fitz-Randolph loved the estuary and its wildlife and was a founding member of the group. Mabel later donated a significant portion of her land on the estuary to the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) for conservation. Her daughter and grandson, Marie and Daniel Trembley, made a further donation of family land in memory of Mabel and her husband, Albert Fitz-Randolph.

Another long-time resident and business owner, Andrew (Andy) Simpson, supported the building of public trails on the estuary. When Andy passed away suddenly in 2015, his brother, Doug, and nephew, Luke Simpson, honoured his wishes and his memory by contributing nearly 243 hectares for conservation.

Other contributing families include Janine and Bill Blaine and Deborah and Todd Christiansen (Philip E. Plante memorial property); Sean and Rhett Foss; Michael MacLean and Matthew and Valerie Mawhinney. All have contributed to building the Musquash Estuary Nature Reserve by donating portions of land or resources.   These families and their legacies have inspired others to help NCC expand and care for the nature reserve. Our vision is to one day see all the land protected around the Musquash Estuary, to ensure this unique landscape remains wild for the long term.

We would like to recognize our partners and donors who have supported and continue to support this vision:

  • American Friends of Canadian Nature, Inc.
  • Bayside Power L.P.
  • CanadaHelps
  • Crabtree Foundation
  • Daniel Tremblay
  • Davis Conservation Foundation
  • Elizabeth A. Currie
  • Explore Lorneville Inc.
  • Emera Brunswick Pipeline Company Ltd.
  • F. Andrew Simpson Contracting Ltd.
  • Government of Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Government of New Brunswick
  • Gwenyth E. McConkey
  • J. D. Irving, Limited
  • Moosehead Breweries Limited
  • New Brunswick Environmental Trust Fund
  • New Brunswick Wildlife Trust Fund
  • P. Douglas Simpson
  • Philip E. Plante Alter Ego Trust
  • Roy Proctor
  • Saint John Energy
  • Sargent P. Horwood
  • Sean Foss
  • Sir James Dunn Foundation
  • The McCain Foundation
  • United States Fish & Wildlife Service
  • US Gulf of Maine Association
  • William P. Wharton Trust


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