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On Wednesday, June 27th, between the hours of 4-5 AM, we lost our friend, our mentor and our inspiration, Clark Phillips. There is no question of filling his shoes — we can’t. They’re too big, too knowing and too meaningful. But we can continue his legacy. We will honour Clark by continuing his work at Whaelghinbran Farm.

We learned from Clark.

We learned that if you believe in something, you stand up for it. For Clark, everything was a protest. Farming was a protest. Cooking was a protest. Living a rich life with his lifelong partner, Susan Tyler was protest for all that is good and meaningful.  There is no one I respected more in this world and as hard as it is to lose him, we were able to make his dream a reality. When Clark left us he was worried about the farm, but he was not worried about succession. His last request was that we finish the second planting of potatoes.

We planted the potatoes. We’ve always wanted our work to count for something and on Wednesday, June 27th it did. It hurt but there was a hidden joy in knowing that we were continuing his belief – we were protesting on those fields for everything Clark believed in.

Somehow, on the farm, life and death makes sense. It seems natural on a landscape that will outlive us all. As the water and sun feed the plants, we care and toil in the earth. We are a temporary part of the landscape and we will work to make our time count. I will not last forever. Community Forests International will not last forever. But together we know that we can work towards something that is greater than ourselves, like Clark did. We can live our beliefs on the land and work with those we love and care for.

Clark, we will miss you.

-Jeff Schnurr

Director

New Brunswick Community Land Trust

 

A memorial service and visioning session for the future of Whaelghinbran Farm will be held on July 15th from 12:00 – 5:00 at Whaelghinbran Farm (2002 Cedar Camp Rd. South Branch, Kings Co., NB E4E 5E7). Please feel free to bring a dish as the event will be a pot luck. In lieu of sending flowers please consider making a contribution to Community Forests International. Contributions will also go to support the New Brunswick Community Land Trust.

Thank you to all those who attended Saturday’s open house in Sackvile N.B!

Good home cooked food and stimulating conversation made for another great event. Special thanks to all our guests who came from far and wide to share their experiences with participants. Keep in touch, and let’s keep the dialogue going!

Zach Melanson
Project Coordinator
New Brunswick Community Land Trust
nbclt@forestsinternational.org
506 536 3738

 

 

New Brunswick Community Land Trust Presents:
Saturday, 17 March, 2012. 1pm – 3pm 

Sackville Legion – 15 Lorne St. Sackville N.B

Estate Planning & Conservation Easement Workshop
with : Susan McIsaac – FCA
& Rod Mackenzie – Pres. NBCLT

 

This workshop will focus on general aspects of land transfer and succession. We will also explain how this relates to individuals who are considering placing a conservation easement on their land. Rod Mackenzie will help detail the Federal Ecological Gift Program and other potential tax credits available to those with conservation easements by recounting his experience placing an Ecological Gift on his property.

 

Come join us and learn more about the specific legal and tax considerations of placing a conservation easement on your property!

 

 

Have you ever thought of leaving a legacy of protected natural, scenic or agricultural land in your community?
CONSERVATION TOOLS WORKSHOP – March 1st (Memramcook, NB)
You are invited to take part in a workshop on different land conservation tools, including conservation as well as working land easements. Zach Melanson from the New Brunswick Community Land Trust (NBCLT), and Roberta Clowater from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, will discuss conservation tools available to landowners, who may be interested in maintaining ownership and production of their land while protecting all or part of their land sustainably for future generations. These agreements are voluntary and can be adapted to landowners’ different needs and priorities. The session will be mainly in English.
Some of the themes that will be discussed:

Why conservation easements?
How are easements managed?
Legal tools and considerations
Land trusts
Tax advantages
Wildlife habitats
Who: Landowners, farmers, woodlot managers, general public
Where: Eugène (Gene) LeBlanc Arena, (540, Centrale St, Memramcook NB)
When: 7pm, Thursday March 1st
Contact: Guy Gautreau, Community Coordinator, at 758-4105 or ggautreau@memramcook.com

 

Avez-vous déjà pensé de laisser un héritage d’espace naturel, pittoresque ou agricole dans votre communauté?
ATELIER SUR DES OUTILS DE CONSERVATION – 1er mars (Memramcook, NB)
Vous êtes invité à participer à un atelier sur divers outils de conservation des terres, y compris les servitudes écologiques et les servitudes de conservation des boisés exploités. Zach Melanson du New Brunswick Community Land Trust (NBCLT) et Roberta Clowater de la Société pour la nature et les parcs du Canada, discuteront des outils de conservation disponibles aux propriétaires de terrains qui s’intéressent à sauvegarder leurs terres de façon saine et durable pour les générations futures. Ces ententes sont volontaires et peuvent être adaptées aux différents besoins et priorités du propriétaire. Veuillez noter que la session va être majoritairement en anglais.
Quelques uns des thèmes qui seront discutés :
Pourquoi des servitudes?
Comment des servitudes sont-elles gérées?
Considérations et outils légaux
Protection de sites naturels en fiducie
Avantages fiscaux
Habitat fauniques
Qui : Propriétaires de terrains et de lots boisés, fermiers, public
Où : Aréna Eugène (Gene) LeBlanc (540, rue Centrale, Memramcook NB)
Quand : 19 h, le jeudi 1er mars
Contact : Guy Gautreau, Animateur communautaire, au 758-4105 ou ggautreau@memramcook.com


The New Brunswick Community Land Trust (NBCLT) will be hosting a series of information sessions concerning conservation tools available to farmers and woodlot owners interested in keeping their land in sustainable, healthy production for future generations.  These working lands conservation easements allow landowners to maintain ownership and production of their land while protecting all or part of their land from certain development and/or activities (ie: subdivision, clearcutting, ect…). These voluntary agreements are developed jointly by the land owner and NBCLT and are specific to each individual and their situation. The NBCLT is the only group in N.B. to offer this kind of working land conservation tool and we want to get the word out to farmers and woodlot owners who may be interested in learning more about the specifics of working land conservation easements.

Please join us at any of the following community information sessions:


Baie Verte – Jan 19th -7:00-8:30pm
Baie Verte Community Hall at 387 Rte 970, Baie Verte, NBCocagne – Jan 26th -7:00-8:30pm
Ecole Entrepreneuriel Communautaire Blanche Bourgeois, route 535, Cocagne, N.B.
Cormier Village – Feb 2nd -7:00-8:30pm

Eco-Parc, Cormier Village, 645 on route 945

 Sackville – Feb 9th -7:00-8:30pm
Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #26, 15 Lorne St. Sackville N.B.

Moncton - Feb 15th – -7:00-8:30pm,
Press Club,160 Assomption blvd. Moncton, N.B

Memramcook – March 1st, Location TBA. With New Brunswick Nature Trust (NBNT) and Canadian Parks And Wilderness Society (CPAWS)

*Sessions will be followed by workshops/discussions in late February and March. Dates TBA.

Who is The New Brunswick Community Land Trust?
The New Brunswick Community Land Trust (NBCLT) is a member based, volunteer, non-profit organization focused on holding conservation easements that ensure that farmland and woodlots are maintained in ecologically sustainable production and available for use by future generations of New Brunswickers.

Conservation Easements
A Conservation Easement is a voluntary, legally binding agreement which is developed between a landowner and a land trust. It outlines the land use restrictions which the owner wishes to place on their working land, so that it remains in sustainable production through time. A conservation easement allows land to be sold or passed on to the next generation. However, the future owners are required to abide by the stewardship principles of the Conservation Easement. As holder of the Conservation Easement, NBCLT is required to inspect the property annually, to ensure that land use and management practices adhere to the Conservation Easement.

Working farmland and woodlots are fundamental to New Brunswick’s rural communities and their economic development. Good stewardship of these lands ensures that they remain productive and available to contribute to our prosperity in the future.

The New Brunswick Community Land Trust is eligible to provide landowners with a number of conservation tools, which ensures their working lands remain available for sustainable production into the future.

The NBCLT can assist landowners by holding, and proving stewardship oversight of, a Conservation Easement, by holding land in trust, or by assisting with an Ecological Gift application process.

Conservation Easement

A Conservation Easement is a voluntary, legally binding agreement which is developed between a landowner and a land trust. It outlines the land use restrictions which the owner wishes to place on their working land, so that it remains in sustainable production through time.

A conservation easement allows land to be sold or passed on to the next generation. However, the future owners are required to abide by the stewardship principles of the Conservation Easement. As holder of the Conservation Easement, NBCLT is required to inspect the property annually, to ensure that land use and management practices adhere to the Conservation Easement.

Land Held in Trust

NBCLT is eligible to hold donated lands in trust and provide stewardship oversight that ensures the land remains in sustainable production and contributes to local rural economy.

Tax Benefit for Land Conservation

Landowners, who place a conservation easement on their property, or donate all or part of their property in trust, are eligible for an Income Tax credit. The value of credit is established by the value of the donated property, or the difference between fair market value and the (reduced) value created by the conservation easement restrictions.

Ecological Gifts

Landowners, who protect natural and undisturbed habitats through a conservation easement or land donation with NBCLT, may also be eligible for enhanced Tax and Capital Gains benefits through Environment Canada’s Ecological Gifts Program

(www.cws-scf.ec.gc.ca/ecogifts or phone 506-364-5049). This program provides favourable income tax treatment for gifts, or conservation easements, of ecologically sensitive land.

The NBCLT is an approved recipient of Ecological Gifts under this program and will assist eligible donors with the application process.

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