Appcast Musquash Trailblazers

Event Details

June 22nd, 2018, 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Musquash Estuary, New Brunswick
Infrastructure / Site Cleanup

Appcast is partnering up with the Nature Conservancy of Canada to help clean up and build new sections on our beautiful Black Beach Trail in the Musquash Estuary Nature Reserve!

We encourage carpooling as much as possible, so please buddy up for the drive there if you can! It’s about an hour and 15 minute drive from Fredericton.

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About Musquash Estuary

Located just 19 kilometres west of Saint John, New Brunswick in one of the most biologically productive natural settings in Atlantic Canada, Musquash is one of the last fully functioning estuaries in the Bay of Fundy. For generations, the stunning scenery surrounding the lower Bay of Fundy has drawn vacationers to its coastal islands and cobble beaches. The Nature Conservancy of Canada has been working at the Musquash Estuary since 2001 and has protected over 5,000 acres of land in the area. In March 2007 the Musquash Estuary was designated as Canada’s sixth Marine Protected Area and New Brunswick’s first. The protection of this last fully functioning estuary on the Bay of Fundy was realized through the work and collaboration of many partners.

What you will be doing

The Black Beach Trail is a 4km loop hiking trail. To give hikers more options, NCC wants to create a section connecting the two halves of the loop. Volunteers will be building this trail (about 175 m), as well as cutting back fast-growing alders and cleaning up garbage along the beach and near the trail head. The work being done helps encourage visitors to connect with this important natural area, while helping to keep the land clean and safe for the local wildlife.

Why you will love it

If you've never been to Black Beach before, you're going to love the beautiful black sand shore and views of rocky cliffs along the Bay of Fundy. NCC's Black Beach Trail is a fun trail that hugs the coastline and estuary for about 2km, then snakes through beautiful coastal forests. Plus at the end of the event, volunteers can enjoy a BBQ meal and refreshments (sorry folks - I know it's Friday but they're non-alcoholic ;-) )!

Questions?

Contact Courtney: atlantic@conservationvolunteers.ca

Please Note

This is a rustic trail so make sure to wear proper footwear - hiking shoes/boots if you have them or running shoes. No open toe shoes please!
Ticks are a reality we must face in New Brunswick so be sure to take necessary precautions to reduce your chances of getting a tick. Wear long pants (light coloured if possible) tucked into socks, and do a full body tick check when you're home.
NCC will provide a BBQ meal and drinks at the end of the event, but be sure to bring your own water and lunch before the event.

Moderate fitness level required
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water, snacks and a hot meal

Thank you to the following organizations for helping to fund this event:
NB Wildlife Trust FundNB Environmental Trust Fund

Item Checklist

While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:

Clothes
  • Long pants and layers of clothes
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Rain gear just in case
Camping Gear
  • Backpack or hiking pack
Tools
  • Work gloves if you have some
Miscellaneous
  • Reusable water bottle