Long Island Conservation Project
Conserving the Natural Habitats of Long Island for Future Generations
The Long Island Conservation Project was a multi-year initiative aimed at securing and managing land on Long Island for future public access, open space and conservation. The Nature Trust of New Brunswick, in a joint undertaking with the Atlantic Coastal Action Program Saint John formed the Long Island Committee, a group of volunteers committed to securing and protecting major portions of this landmark for the future.
At 2,190 acres, Long Island is the largest island in the St. John/Kennebecasis River system. Its majestic cliffs, known as Minister’s Face, harbour threatened Peregrine falcons and rare ferns. Expanses of unspoiled beaches attract swimmers and kayakers, and a hiking trail runs the length of the Island linking the remnants of Loyalist settlements (some originating in 1785). Vistas of Long Island’s vast spruce forests and scenic landscapes provide year-round enjoyment to the hillside communities of Rothesay, East Riverside, Renforth and the Kingston Peninsula.
The Island’s beauty and bountiful natural resources are the result of caring landowners and good stewardship, combined with difficult access and an abundance of developable waterfront land on the nearby mainland. As this land becomes used up, the pressure mounts to develop the Island’s pristine shore-lands.
To date, 255 of the 364 acres currently protected on Long Island, are at Minister’s Face, located on the northeastern shore of the island, named for the Minister’s Face Cliffs. The preserve is recognized as an Environmentally Significant Area due to its rare arctic flora and impressive views. In 2005, the Nature Trust acquired a new property at Minister’s Face, helping to protect areas with Peregrine Falcon breeding sites. Rayworth beach was also recently acquired through a combined purchase and donation made by Ann and Robert Hebb.
The Nature Trust gratefully acknowledges the support of the following sponsors for their assistance in the conservation work taking place on Long Island: NB Environmental Trust Fund, Saint John Community Foundation, EJLB Foundation, Government of Canada Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk, The Sir james Dunn Foundation, The McLean Foundation and countless individual donors.
The Nature Trust is planning to revisit this project in the near future to explore potential extensions to the existing preserves. To learn more about how you can help visit: Planned Giving and Conservation Options.
Map of the Long Island project