WHEN THE NBCLT WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1995, THERE WAS NO WORKING LAND PROTECTED IN THE PROVINCE OF NB.
We began with the goal of offering farmland and woodlot owners the opportunity to limit or restrict certain land use practices on their land through land trust mechanisms.
Over the past 23 years we have protected over 1,000 acres of private working land throughout the province. Every year, the organization evaluates the condition of the woodlots to ensure that ecological management practices are upheld in perpetuity.
On March 19, 1994, a workshop was hosted by the Conservation Council of New Brunswick (CCNB) to discuss the potential of establishing a community land trust in New Brunswick. Peter deMarsh from the New Brunswick Federation of Woodlot Owners, Clark Phillips from Whaelghinbran Farm and David Coon from the CCNB agreed to act as a small steering committee to develop a proposal for a community land trust in the province.
Following four meetings and discussions with legal and financial experts, the original workshop participants were invited to reconvene at an October meeting in 1994 to discuss the steering committee’s work. By-laws for incorporation as a non-profit organization were drafted, and an application submitted for NBCLT’s charitable status.
The New Brunswick Community Land Trust was formally established in 1995, offering farmland and woodlot owners the opportunity to limit or restrict certain land use practices on their land through land Trust mechanisms.
In 1998, the New Brunswick government passed legislation allowing non-profits to hold conservation easements (CE) on land that would limit identified land use practices. In 2002, Marc Spence and Ghita Levin became the first woodlot owners in New Brunswick to move forward with developing a conservation easement that focused on maintaining a sustainable harvest level at its foundation.
Today, the organization holds easements on over 1000 acres and performs yearly monitoring of those easements to ensure ecological management practices are upheld in perpetuity.
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