Big Creek Campaign


Joel Byrne, dear friend, naturalist, feeder of squirrels, chipmunks and birds, and strong supporter of MMLT and the local field naturalist clubs bequeathed his beloved 100 acre Big Creek to MMLT to ensure that it is conserved in perpetuity and continues to be shared with friends and community.

The land, adjacent to McCulloch Mud Lake, off the Mississippi River near McDonalds Corners, has diverse ecosystems.  Much of it is Provincially Significant Wetland including an impressive fen.  It also contains a beautiful hardwood forest and a large meadow.


Birdwatching in the fen

Hardwood forest


The Challenge

We greatly appreciate this honour but we knew we were facing a significant responsibility, given the legal and financial obligations that “forever” entails.  We are a small and relatively young charity and realized that we could not do this alone.

We asked for your help

We needed $48,500 to complete the acquisition and to pay for long term stewardship.  Thanks to the generous donations from our supporters we achieved our goal in three short months!  We are deeply grateful for this wonderful show of support.

Property stewardship

The Byrne Big Creek Nature Preserve will be managed by Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust which will hold title to the property and will conserve it forever.  MMLT will encourage education and outreach activities so others can share Joel’s love of his “paradise”.