The largest private land conservation project in New Brunswick’s history is receiving a major boost.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is celebrating a contribution of $100,000 to the group’s Bartholomew River campaign.
It is from The Honourable Frank McKenna, Deputy Chair of the TD Bank Group and former Premier of New Brunswick.
At a media event at Shannex Parkland in Fredericton, Mr. McKenna announced his gift was being made to honor Robert (Bob) Kenny, a well known lawyer and salmon conservation advocate.
One of eight salmon pools on the property will be named in recognition of Mr. Kenny, who is dealing with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS).
The project involves a partial land purchase involves five properties, totaling 2,122 acres (855 hectares) of key forest and salmon habitat near Blackville. It features over three miles (5.3 kilometres) of river frontage on the Bartholomew River, which is considered an important fish nursery within the Miramichi watershed.
Miramichi is world renowned for Atlantic salmon and trout fishing.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada must raise $1 million dollars by this fall to ensure the protection of these properties. There are opportunities for family and community foundations, individuals, corporations and businesses to get involved and support the project.
“It is outstanding to see such a crucial area on the Miramichi Watershed being protected forever. As a long time angler, the Bartholomew is a special place for fishing enthusiasts, nature lovers and people who want to be outside,” said Robert (Bob) Kenny. Thanks to the generosity of my great friend Frank McKenna, along with the vision of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, I am genuinely touched to have my name associated with this truly impressive project”.
The Bartholomew River Project area includes:
• Wildlife such as moose, black bear, coyote, weasels, beaver, snowshoe hare and forest birds.
• Acadian forest; old sugar maple trees, yellow birch, white pine and eastern white cedar, as well as a stand of black ash trees, which is unusual in the province.
• A number of wetlands that provide habitat for black ducks, teals and mallards and other waterfowl, as well as turtles and amphibians.
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 to protect more than 2.7 million acres (over 1.1 million hectares), coast to coast.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada has helped to conserve 15,919 acres (6,442 hectares) with over 30 nature reserves and more than 140 properties saved in New Brunswick. For further information visit: www.NatureConservancy.ca/NB.