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Great news from land trust about Byrne Big Creek Preserve

NOTE: information below is from an article in the December 2017 newsletter of the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT)

“Byrne Big Creek Preserve Making Great Progress”

The MMLT launched a campaign on Giving Tuesday, Nov 28th, to raise funds needed to acquire and manage a wonderful 100-acre parcel of land near McDonald’s Corners. The property was left to the MMLT by Joel Byrne, naturalist, poet and long-time supporter of the MMLT, the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists and the Macnamara Field Naturalists’ Club.

The next night, MMLT hosted an evening at the Barley Mow to remember Joel Byrne and to celebrate his wonderful gift of what will become the Byrne Big Creek Nature Preserve. The Campaign received a ’jump-start’ when Irene’s Pub in Ottawa pledged to match donations up to $5000.  The crowd was delighted when the campaign passed the $5,000 target. In fact, this achievement inspired another offer to match the next $5,000 in personal donations. Then the President of the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists, Brenda Boyd, took the floor to make a very substantial gift to the campaign.

 

Brenda Boyd (middle), President of the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists (MVFN) presents a donation to Howard Clifford and Mary Vandenhoff of the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust while a cut-out of the late Joel Byrne looks on approvingly. The contribution will help to make the Byrne Big Creek Nature Preserve a reality

 

The Big Creek Campaign hopes to raise $48,500 to cover acquisition and future stewardship costs. The response to date has been truly remarkable. As of mid December, approximately 80% of the goal had been donated.

MMLT is so grateful to all who have come forward with financial support and is appealing to those who might still wish to contribute to this campaign to help us reach the campaign goal.  Plans are also underway for fundraising events in the New Year to close any final gap.  For those wishing to contribute to making this dream a reality, please visit our website at mmlt.ca and click on Byrne Big Creek Preserve Campaign.

Congratulations to MMLT for this amazing accomplishment of coming so close to the fundraising goal for Joel’s property, in such a short period of time!

 

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Help Create Byrne Big Creek Nature Preserve

MISSISSIPPI MADAWASKA LAND TRUST

Visit the MMLT website to donate to this campaign: Byrne Big Creek Nature Preserve.

Give now and together we can create Byrne Big Creek Nature Preserve. With your support, Joel’s property will be a haven for wildlife and nature lovers for generations to come. Details at Naturalist Joel Byrne bequeaths his 100-acre property to MMLT

Give by November 30th and Irene’s Pub in Ottawa will match donations, up to $5000.

 

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Byrne Big Creek Nature Preserve Pub Night

Joel Byrne has bequeathed his beautiful 100-acre “Big Creek” property, near McDonald’s Corners, to the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust!

In this act, Joel fulfilled his dream of protecting “forever”, this special wild place he knew would continue to touch the deepest needs of future generations.

Joel was a long-time member of the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists and the Macnamara Field Naturalists as well as a strong supporter of the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT). Joel passed away suddenly in 2016.

Help the MMLT preserve Joel Byrne’s “Big Creek” property forever

It is a significant responsibility to take on the legal and financial obligations that protecting Joel’s Big Creek property “forever” entails.  MMLT cannot do this alone.  It will take $48,500 to complete the acquisition and to pay for long term stewardship.  They need your help.

The MMLT is launching a campaign to raise the required funds starting on Nov 28, “Giving Tuesday”.  The MMLT hopes that all those who care about the preservation of wilderness in eastern Ontario will consider helping to achieve the fundraising goal by participating in a series of campaign fundraising events, including the celebratory Kick Off Pub Night Event for the “Byrne Big Creek Nature Preserve” Campaign at the Barley Mow, Almonte on Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017.

You can also help by visiting the MMLT Big Creek Campaign on the MMLT website and donating generously.

Through the generosity of MMLT supporter, Irene’s Pub in Ottawa, every donation made to the fund by November 30 will be matched up to $5,000.  Yes, your donation will be doubled!

Kick Off Pub Night Event for the “Byrne Big Creek Nature Preserve” Campaign :

Come and celebrate Joel Byrne and his generous gift of his “Big Creek” property with haiku, games and fun with friends during an evening at the Barley Mow.  A cover charge of $10 will go towards the campaign to create the “Byrne Big Creek Nature Preserve”.

With your support Joel’s 100-acre property “Big Creek” will become a haven for wildlife and nature lovers for generations to come. This is the first of a series of campaign fundraising events taking place until the fundraising goal is reached.

Details:  Wednesday, November 29, 2017 / 7 PM to 10 PM / Barley Mow (79 Little Bridge Street) in Almonte, ON 

 

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Naturalist Joel Byrne bequeaths his 100-acre “Big Creek” Property to MMLT

Joel Byrne has bequeathed his beautiful 100-acre “Big Creek” property, near McDonald’s Corners, to the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust!

Joel Byrne, photo from 2008 by Howard Robinson

 

In this act, Joel fulfilled his dream of protecting “forever”, this special wild place he knew would continue to touch the deepest needs of future generations.

Joel was a long-time member of the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists and the Macnamara Field Naturalists as well as a strong supporter of the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT). Joel passed away suddenly in 2016.

Help the MMLT preserve Joel Byrne’s “Big Creek” property forever

It is a significant responsibility to take on the legal and financial obligations that protecting Joel’s Big Creek property “forever” entails.  MMLT cannot do this alone.  It will take $48,500 to complete the acquisition and to pay for long term stewardship.  They need your help.

The MMLT is launching a campaign to raise the required funds starting on Nov 28, “Giving Tuesday”.  The MMLT hopes that all those who care about the preservation of wilderness in eastern Ontario will consider helping to achieve the fundraising goal by participating in a series of campaign fundraising events, including the celebratory Kick Off Pub Night Event for the “Byrne Big Creek Nature Preserve” Campaign at the Barley Mow, Almonte on Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017.

You can also help by visiting the MMLT Big Creek Campaign on the MMLT website and donating generously.

Through the generosity of MMLT supporter, Irene’s Pub in Ottawa, every donation made to the fund by November 30 will be matched up to $5,000.  Yes, your donation will be doubled!

Kick Off Pub Night Event for the “Byrne Big Creek Nature Preserve” Campaign :

Come and celebrate Joel Byrne and his generous gift of his “Big Creek” property with haiku, games and fun with friends during an evening at the Barley Mow.  A cover charge of $10 will go towards the campaign to create the “Byrne Big Creek Nature Preserve”.

With your support Joel’s 100-acre property “Big Creek” will become a haven for wildlife and nature lovers for generations to come. This is the first of a series of campaign fundraising events taking place until the fundraising goal is reached.

Details:  Wednesday, November 29, 2017 / 7 PM to 10 PM / Barley Mow (79 Little Bridge Street) in Almonte, ON 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Go Wild Gala at Temple’s Sugar Bush to Benefit Land Trust

Join the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT) on Saturday, November 11 for their Annual Go Wild Gala at Temple’s Sugar Bush. See details below provided by MMLT or visit https://mmlt.ca/event/go-wild-gala/

PLEASE NOTE THAT TICKET SALES DEADLINE IS THE WEEK BEFORE THE EVENT I.E. ON NOVEMBER 4TH.

“There couldn’t be a more appropriate venue than Temple’s beautiful, rustic post and beam restaurant which is located at 1700 Ferguson’s Falls Rd.”

“Once again, we bring you renowned naturalist, photographer, author and teacher, Michael Runtz, whose presentation is The Colourful Side of Nature – How Little We Really See.   Nature provides us with a stunningly beautiful world of colour but what we see is not necessarily what our wild neighbours perceive.  You will get an insight into the roles and meanings of colour in nature.

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Starting at 6:30 p.m., you can enjoy an array of delectable appetizers and desserts, visit with friends and fellow nature lovers, and place your bids on a wide variety of silent auction items.  As in previous years the selection will include lots of Christmas gift ideas including original works of art, theatre tickets, gift baskets, and many other treasures.  You can also bid on a range of novel experiences from a geological exploration or a drone video of your property, a gourmet dinner for six and more.  As this is the MMLT’s major fundraiser of the year, please come for the fun knowing that your contributions also help protect the land we love, not only for our great-great-grandchildren but also for all the plants and animals that call it home.

Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased by credit card or direct debit through MMLT website at mmlt.ca/events/go-wild-gala.  Tickets are also available for cash or cheque only at Gilligallou in Almonte or Shadowfax in Perth. Ticket sales deadline is Saturday, Nov. 4.  For more information contact or Judy at or at 613-264-8856.”


Go Wild Gala

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