Dedication of Byrne Big Creek Nature Preserve, September 22

  • Start date:
    September 22, 2018, 2:00 pm
  • End date:
    September 22, 2018, 4:00 pm
  • Venue:
    Byrne Big Creek Nature Preserve
  • Place:
    Bottom of Dalhousie Concession 6, off Watson’s Corners Road in Lanark Highlands.

You are invited to join Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT) and the family of Joel Byrne for a celebration of his generous donation of the Byrne Big Creek Nature Preserve, now protected in perpetuity.

The formal dedication of the Preserve will take place on Saturday, September 22 at 2:00 p.m. After a short ceremony, mingle to reminisce about Joel’s love of all aspects of the natural world.  For those interested there will be a short guided walk on one of the wilderness foot paths.

This ecologically significant property was bequeathed to MMLT by Joel Byrne who was a dear friend and long-time supporter of the land trust and the local field naturalists clubs.  By entrusting Big Creek to MMLT, Joel fulfilled his dream of protecting forever this special place. You can now share his deep love of this land where he fed the squirrels, chipmunks and birds, roamed the meadow, woods and fen and took his canoe down Big Creek to McCulloch Mud Lake.  This beloved bit of wilderness also inspired him to write poetry. His cousins Larry and Jane Choquette feel that Joel’s own words, taken from one of his poems, most aptly express his attachment to Big Creek:  “Paradise at the edge of peace and happiness of my days”.  What a gift he has given us all.

Byrne Big Creek Nature Preserve is located adjacent to McCulloch Mud Lake, off the Mississippi River near McDonalds Corners.  Most of the property is Provincially Significant Wetland contributing marsh, treed swamp and fen habitat. The fen is a regionally uncommon habitat with a wide variety of interesting plant species. This summer, the large meadow was aflutter with an impressive diversity of butterfly and dragonfly species, including the Monarch.  The upland hardwood forest is home to a family of barred owls and a pair of fisher, among other creatures.

MMLT is a local charity that works with land owners wishing to save the land they love for future generations.  MMLT currently protects eight properties encompassing over 2600 acres.

An RSVP would be appreciated to give us an idea of how many might join us for the Dedication.  An account has been set up with EventBrite for responses or you could let us know at  As parking is also somewhat limited, carpooling is recommended.

Byrne Big Creek Nature Preserve is located at the bottom of Dalhousie Concession 6, off Watson’s Corners Road in Lanark Highlands.