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About us

About us

shutterstock_39071926-smallThe Massawippi Foundation and Massawippi Trust started out as a series of conversations among area residents, about unprecedented land development around the lake. The concern was two-fold: how will development impact the local environment? How will it impact the local economy? The greatest fear was that ecological and aesthetic changes in key areas around the lake could have a catastrophic effect on the financial well being of all the Lake Massawippi communities. As a result of these conversations, the Massawippi Foundation (FMF) was established in 2010, and the Massawippi Conservation Trust (MCT) in 2011.

The Trust

The purpose of the Massawippi Conservation Trust (MCT) is to conserve the natural state of the land adjacent to Lake Massawippi and its tributaries, and to provide stewardship services for that land in perpetuity. Here is a map of the Trust’s area of concern.

Our conservation efforts are focused at the moment on undeveloped land on the west slopes of Lake Massawippi, stretching over six kilometers and rising up to the high ridge. The government of Quebec has identified this particular area as containing old growth forest of significant interest. Biologists employed by the Appalachian Corridor Association have identified a wide variety of rare or threatened flora and fauna on these lands, and will be surveying other sectors in 2012 and beyond.

The Trust wants to protect several thousand acres around Lake Massawippi by:
  • acquiring land through either purchase or donation
  • establishing easements or servitudes on land
  • helping landowners understand the ecological and tax benefits
    of limiting the types of activities permitted
  • helping landowners understand the potentially disastrous effect
    of overdevelopment on the overall well-being of the Massawippi watershed.

Trustees

Mr. Norman Webster
Sainte Catherine de Hatley

Mr. Thomas Wilcox
Baltimore, Maryland and Sainte Catherine de Hatley

Mr. Paul Caron
North Hatley