Expanding the Musquash Estuary nature reserve
NCC’s Musquash Estuary nature reserve near Saint John continues to grow, thanks to many gifts from the heart. The latest two gifts in the reserve were made in memory of the late Mabel Fitz-Randolph and Andrew Simpson, two local community members who cared for and helped protect this area.
In June 2017, NCC expanded our Musquash Estuary nature reserve near Saint John by 981 acres (397 hectares). The four properties feature a variety of habitats, such as mature mixed forest, fresh and saltwater marshes, small lakes, bogs and coastal barrens. The Musquash Estuary is NCC’s largest conservation area in New Brunswick.
More than half of the newly conserved land was donated by two Saint John-area families. Daniel Tremblay and Marie Tremblay, the grandson and daughter of Mabel Fitz-Randolph, donated 87 acres (35 hectares) in memory of Mabel and Albert Fitz-Randolph. And the family of the late Andrew Simpson donated 578 acres (234 hectares) in his memory.
Andrew (Andy) Simpson founded Andrew F. Simpson Contracting Ltd., in Saint John and had a strong personal connection to the lands at Musquash. His brother and nephew, Doug and Luke Simpson, respectively, worked with NCC to see Andy’s properties permanently conserved according to his wishes.
These Musquash conservation projects were supported by funding from the Government of Canada, under the Natural Areas Conservation Program. This partnership aims to accelerate private land and habitat conservation in Canada. The project also received support from the Crabtree Foundation, The Sir James Dunn Foundation, the Province of New Brunswick, many individual donors and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act.
A portion of this project was donated to the Nature Conservancy of Canada under the Government of Canada’s Ecological Gifts Program, which provides enhanced tax benefits for individuals or corporations donating ecologically significant land.