MRA recieves Wildflower Award
The Meduxnekeag River Association has been awarded the 2011 Paul McGaw Memorial Conservation Award by the North American Native Plant Society.
In making the award, the Society cited MRA’s “invaluable work – including public education and landowner co-operation – toward the protection, restoration and appreciation of the Meduxnekeag River Watershed, the richest, most biologically diverse, and highest concentration of mature Appalachian Hardwood Forest sites in Atlantic Canada.
Among the many provincially rare plant species protected by the Meduxnekeag Valley Nature Preserve properties are Wild coffee and Blue cohosh.
Association wins Lieutenant Governor's Award
The Meduxnekeag River Association has been awarded the New Brunswick Lt-Governor's Award for Excellence in Land Conservation in recognition of our success in protecting the properties we have acquired for the Meduxnekeag Valley Nature Preserve. The Preserve now totals more than 840 acres in 12 named permanently protected properties, almost all of them riparian land along the Meduxnekeag River.
MRA wins $10,000 Home Town Heros Award
The Meduxnekeag River Association has been selected from more than seventy nominees nationwide as Canada’s 2012 Hometown Heroes Group Award winner by Earth Day Canada, the award sponsor.
“These Canadians are shining examples of people making significant strides towards the betterment of our environment,” says Jed Goldberg, President of EDC. “They have been instrumental in cultivating change at the local level and deserve national recognition for their community-based conservation and social change efforts.”
MRA promotes, encourages and assists in the protection, restoration and responsible use of the Meduxnekeag River Watershed. Since its inception, MRA has acquired and protected 11 ecologically significant properties totaling 700 acres of land and 8.6 km of shoreline. Among others, these properties are home to 20 provincially rare Appalachian Hardwood forest species and species of wasp and beetle previously unknown to science.
The Group Award winner receives a cash-prize of $10 000 to support the continuation of their work. This year’s winner in the Individual category, Jessie Davies of Saint Andrews, was also from New Brunswick, giving the province a double win.
The Hometown Heroes Award program was established in 2004 by Earth Day Canada to recognize and celebrate environmental leaders who have fostered meaningful, long-term community awareness and action. Earth Day Canada (EDC), a national environmental charity founded in 1990, provides Canadians with the practical knowledge and tools they need to lessen their impact on the environment.
Environmental Leadership Award goes to the Meduxnekeag River Association Inc.
In 2004, the Meduxnekeag River Association won an Environmental Leadership Award from the province of New Brunswick. Nominated in the Communities, Groups and Organizations category, we were up against other finalists including the City of Edmundston and Fredericton’s Science East.
The Award is a recognition of our work in preserving environmentally significant forest and protecting it forever through our Meduxnekeag Valley Nature Preserve, as well as an acknowledgment of the value of our education program, both the guided class visits to the Preserve and our annual Meduxnekeag Environmental Showcase competition.