Big Creek Campaign


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Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust, 10970 Highway #7, Carleton Place, ON, K7C 3P1

Together we can create a wonderful nature sanctuary.

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 it is also a significant responsibility given the legal and financial obligations that “forever” entails.  We are a small and relatively young charity and cannot do this alone.

We need your help

We need $48,500 to complete the acquisition and to pay for long term stewardship.

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”.

With your support, Joel’s property will be a haven
for wildlife and nature lovers for generations to come.

Please donate today!

All donations over $20 receive a charitable tax receipt.