Fundraising for Ferris Street Forest & Wetland Nature Preserve
The Nature Trust is currently undertaking an urban conservation project to protect the Ferris Street Forest and Wetland in partnership with a local citizen stewardship group, the Friends of Ferris Street, and the land-owner, the City of Fredericton.
On Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, the City of Fredericton approved a license agreement with the Nature Trust to conserve the property for 10 years, meaning the land will be secured as a “green space” over that period of time. However, the Nature Trust still needs to raise $20,000 in stewardship funds to ensure the land can be properly managed and cared for into the future and we need YOUR help.
What is a stewardship fund?
When the Nature Trust acquires a property for conservation, a stewardship fund is established to care for the land and the biodiversity it hosts. Each and every one of the Nature Trust’s nature preserves has a stewardship fund. This ensures that the Nature Trust is acting in a financially responsible manner, ensuring that the organization can care for the land it has been entrusted with, in perpetuity. The funds may be directed toward such activities as installing interpretive or directional signage, undertaking restoration projects or biological surveys, and much more, depending on the unique needs of the nature preserve.
Specifically in relation to the Ferris Street Forest and Wetland Nature Preserve, the stewardship funds will be directed towards the development of a flora and fauna baseline report and management plan for the property, trail improvements and maintenance, creation of interpretive/educational signage and trail maps, development and implementation of educational programs for the community about species at risk and habitat conservation, and ongoing monitoring projects.
What makes the Ferris Street Forest and Wetland important?
The Ferris Street Forest and Wetland is a beautiful area of mixed forest and Provincially Significant Wetland. Located near the Sunset U-Pick berry fields on the City of Fredericton’s northside, the 16 hectares (40 acres) of land that makes up the new nature preserve provides habitat for an incredible diversity of wildlife. It also features a well-established, 2 km trail system through the forest for residents to use, explore, and enjoy.
Ways you can help
If you wish to help us in reaching our fundraising goal and supporting conservation in YOUR community, then we want to hear from you. Here are some ways to help:
- Make a donation online directly to the project: You can visit our campaign page on CanadaHelps (https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/24860). Donations big and small will help us to reach our goal! Plus, by donating online, you will receive your charitable receipt automatically.
- If you do not want to make a donation online, give us a call at the office (506) 457-2398, come visit us at 404 Queen Street, 3rd Floor in Fredericton, or send a cheque in the mail to PO Box 603, Stn. A, Fredericton, NB, E3B 5A6. Make sure you let us know that your donation is specifically for the Ferris Street project!
- Not ready to donate money, but want to help out and have a great idea or special skill to contribute for a fundraiser? You can contact Renata Woodward at firstname.lastname@example.org and pitch your idea. We would love to have you involved!
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