Our first hero: Louise Ransom

In December 2011, the MCT received its first donation, the property of Louise Ransom of New York City. Louise’s family had been coming to Lake Massawippi since 1903. She bought the land in 1952.

The property is located on the west side of Lake Massawippi, covering about five and a half acres, and consists of a beach and old growth forest. Louise donated her land to the Trust to be conserved and protected in perpetuity.

Louise’s generosity did not stop there: She also gave a cash donation to assist the Trust with the costs of conserving this and future Trust properties.

Thank you, Louise, for your vision, your generosity and for setting a magnificent example for other landowners in the Massawippi Valley.

Our Second Hero: George A. Wardman

On May 24th, 2014, the MCT received its second donation of property from George Wardman of Paget, Bermuda and North Hatley, Quebec.  George is the third generation of the Wardman family to spend his summers on Lake Massawippi.

The donated property is located on the west side of Lake Massawippi, consisting of 420 pristine acres in the heart of the ridge.  It climbs the slope to the summit of the ridge and then drops over the back of the mountain.  The property is contiguous to the Louise Ransom property (our first Hero).  By giving the Trust his 50% ownership in this property, George has assured its protection in perpetuity.

George’s grandfather and father had acquired these lands over time for the express purpose of keeping them in their wild and natural state.  George has given this amazing gift in honour of them.

Thank you, George, for your leadership role in conservation on this lake and for your wonderful generosity.  And we thank your wife, Claudia and your children for their complete support of your vision for the future of this property and for the entire Massawippi Mountain.

Our Third Hero:  The Donors who made the ACF Inc. Purchase possible

On July 25th, 2014 the Trustees received a crucial tract of land by purchase from a corporation.  This property consists of 57.5 acres; has road access; 1200 feet of lake front and had been divided into 22 building lots.  The land is contiguous to the Wardman property. The owner agreed to sell us the entire property but we only had between February and June 2014 to raise the money.  This was our only chance.  Almost every potential donor we approached gave their financial support without hesitation and others sent in donations without being asked at all!  Individual donations ranged from $50. to $350,000. from people who really wanted the Trust to succeed in acquiring and protecting this key property.

These Donors have not asked for any personal recognition of their generosity – but we know who you are and we are deeply grateful to all of you.

Thank you, dear Donors, for allowing the Massawippi Conservation Trust to protect this beautiful property forever.

Our Fourth Hero: The members of the North Hatley Club

The members of the North Hatley Club who, on August 10th, 2014 came together at a special meeting and voted overwhelmingly to conserve the Club’s property at Black Point on the west side of the lake.  The members have strong emotional and historic ties to this property and felt that the permanent preservation of these lands was the right thing to do.  A special Real Estate Committee and the Board consulted with the membership for over a year which resulted in a very well informed membership when it came to voting day.
The Black Point Property, consisting of 125 acres, will remain owned by the North Hatley Club yet will be protected in perpetuity by a conservation servitude with the Massawippi Conservation Trust. This property is also contiguous to the property gifted to the Trust by another of our heroes, George Wardman.  Bravo to the North Hatley Club members for their foresight!
On May 25th, 2015, North Hatley Club President, Mrs. Susan Keller, signed a Deed of Servitude with the Massawippi Conservation Trust to protect much of the Club’s lands on the west side of Lake Massawippi in perpetuity – about 120 acres.  Susan said this about this historic occasion –  “The membership of the North Hatley Club were pleased to join the other land owners to conserve this Club’s land at Black Point.  It is an important step towards the protection of all the land on the point to ensure that its beauty will be enjoyed for generations to come.”  Congratulations NHC!

Our Fifth Hero – Norman Webster and his Family

On May 25th, 2015 Norman Webster signed a Deed of Servitude with the Massawippi Conservation Trust to conserve and protect 86 magnificent acres on the hillside going up the ridge on the west side of Lake Massawippi.  The Trust is most grateful to him and his family for adding to the protection of the entire Massawippi Mountain by this gift of servitude.  The significance of this is said best by Norman himself –
“These woodlands are rare – much of them have never been logged and they maintain a significant dieversity of plant life that is harder and harder these days to find – and to protect.  Conserving this land ensures that future generations can enjoy their natural beauty as we have.  It gives us great satisfaction to be stewards of this land into the future and to leave this legacy to the Massawippi Conservation Trust.”  Thank you, Hero number 5!

Our Sixth Hero – Thomas Wilcox and his family

On May 25th, 2015 Tom Wilcox signed a Deed of Servitude with the Massawippi Conservation Trust to protect forever 20 acres of land just south of Black Point in Baltimore Bay.  This forest climbs up the ridge behind the family ‘camp’ which has existed fore more than 100 years.
“Our family has loved and stewarded this property for six generations.  We are thrilled to be part of a movement that will protect it and other uniquely beautiful properties for endless generations to come.” says Tom.
Thank you, Hero number 6!  Your actions will have a lasting impact on the natural beauty of this valley.

Our Seventh Hero – The donors who made the purchase of the Checkerberry Hill property possible.

Once again, generous donors came forward to help the Trust acquire this very special property above the village of North Hatley.  Once again, these donors asked for no public recognition.  Once again, we are most grateful for their support on another important acquisition for the Trust.

Our Eight Hero –  The Scowen Family and the municipalities of North Hatley and Canton de Hatley.

The Scowen Family and the municipalities of North Hatley and Canton de Hatleyall came together in April, 2016 to transfer a property on Capelton Road known as Scowen Park to the Massawippi Conservation Trust.  This 34 acre tract was originally donated to the two municipalities in 1980 by Philip Scowen Sr. to be used as a recreational site for the citizenry.  Thirty-six years later, all the players realized that the Massawippi Conservation Trust was the perfect entity to protect and care for this property forever.  So, in the spirit of the original gift, the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Philip Scowen, two mayors and 12 councilors were able to make this a reality.  This was an extraordinary collaboration which adds each one of them to our list of conservation heroes.  Thank you all!