October Newsletter 2017October 6, 2017
It’s very satisfying to look back on 2017 as another banner year for this Foundation. All in all, it’s been a great year with many “firsts”. We continue to grow. Growing in the number of excellent conservation project proposals we are able to fund. Growing in the quality of conservation results our partners are generating through their efforts and our support. Growing too, in the range of support services we are able to provide to our conservation partners. And, importantly, acquiring a growing recognition of the value of this foundation as a meaningful contribution to wild Atlantic salmon conservation.
By the time you read this you should also be considering the 2018 round of funding proposals that closes on 15 November. Our 2018 grant pool is nearly $1.1 million. And, according to our experience in recent years, we anticipate lots of high quality and larger scale projects arriving in our in-box.
This month we are featuring Ben Whalen, of the Kennebecasis Watershed Restoration Committee (KWRC). Ben is a veteran New Brunswick river conservationist, and has successfully delivered several river restoration projects we have helped fund throughout this central New Brunswick watershed. These projects not only help improve fish and fish habitat, but serve school education experiences to help build awareness of the importance of the region’s sustainable future. Thanks, Ben!!
Our featured conservation project for October is being delivered by the Miawpukek First Nation (MFN) in the Conne River and its tributaries. The MFN takes stewardship of the Conne River and its salmon populations very seriously. This First Nation community possesses a deeply held sentiment in the need to protect, preserve, and enhance a culturally significant species (PLAMU) that Mother Earth has bestowed on the people. We are proud to help MFN tackle these objectives.
Yours in conservation!