Friends of Blueberry Hill
The Blueberry Hill Nature Preserve is located in the City of Saint John and borders the Town of Grand Bay-Westfield. It remains one of the last undeveloped properties in an urban area near the St. John River. Due to its location and environmental sensitivity, the Nature Trust acquired this fifty-acre property in 2010. The Blueberry Nature Preserve contains Henderson Brook which is adjacent to a large wetland complex and a shrub wetland composed mainly of young Red Ash, Mountain Ash and Speckled Alder. The presence of open fields showcases the various states of forest regeneration while the hillside sloping down to the Grand Bay shoreline is dominated by a mature Red Spruce forest. A botanical survey found that the preserve contains more than 178 species of plants, including the threatened, Anticosti Aster (Symphyotrichum anticostense).
The Friends of Blueberry Hill, an active support group composed of local citizens, was established in 2009 and took a leading role in fundraising activities for sustainable stewardship of the property. With assistance from Ducks Unlimited Canada, large culverts have been removed, restoring the environmental integrity of Henderson Brook.
Due to the biological complexity of the Henderson Brook Crossing, the Friends of Blueberry Hill and the Nature Trust continue to improve this site through ongoing projects for bank stabilization, tree planting and trail improvement, and in 2014 completed the construction of a bridge crossing over Henderson Brook.
The Nature Trust gratefully acknowledges the support of the following sponsors for support in preserving Blueberry Hill: Crane Mountain Enhancement Fund, Greater Saint John Community Foundation, NB Wildlife Trust Fund, Government of Canada Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk, Ducks Unlimited, Town of Grand Bay-Westfield, Regional Development Canada, Enbridge Gas New Brunswick, Conquest Engineering Ltd., Wal-Mart Evergreen, City of Saint John and countless donors who donated to the stewardship fund in memory of Gary Mittleholtz, whose heart was close to this preserve.