St. John River Summit

In September of 2015 ACAP Saint John partnered with the World Wildlife Federation – Canada to host the third annual Saint John River Summit. The Summit brought together organizations from Maine, New Brunswick, and Quebec who are working on research and habitat projects in the St John River watershed. The Summit brings together groups from the region to share and discuss knowledge about the wellbeing of this important watershed. The summit enabled ACAP Saint John to share our success stories of environmental progress in Saint John. The City is the largest population center on the St John River and is located at a significant location where the river enters the Bay of Fundy.

The summit included workshops, a trade fair, an environmental tour of the City, and a kayak tour of the Saint John Harbour. 

 
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The Green Network

The Green Network is a partnership between ACAP Saint John and community stakeholders like the Fundy Regional Solid Waste Commission and the City of Saint John. This partnership has been designed to encourage individuals, community groups, businesses and schools to take real action (against the environmental degradation of littering and illegal dumping) by organizing community cleanups throughout the region.

The Green Network continues to highlight the success of this volunteer based model as increasing numbers of people from throughout Greater Saint John become engaged in the hands-on grassroots management of their local environment. In 2015, the Green Network helped organized cleanups involving 725 volunteers, which resulted in the removal of 1,877 kg of debris from the Greater Saint John area.  

Need help organizing or promoting a cleanup in your area?

ACAP Saint John will provide materials (i.e. gloves, bags, etc.) and information on how to organize and execute a successful Cleanup. Give us a call at 652-2227 or email office@acapsj.org

Looking for details about our #PortCityPickUp Contest? 

Click here for all the details!

Already completed a cleanup?

Fill out our quick online survey to help ACAP Saint John keep track of the amount of debris collected and the areas already cleaned across our region:

 

 
Volunteers planting trees in the Courtenay Forebay in 2015.

Volunteers planting trees in the Courtenay Forebay in 2015.

Tree Planting

2015:  Eight tree planting events took place in the 2015 season. One highlight from the season was the first two tree planting events in the Courtenay Forebay by volunteers. The completion of Harbour Cleanup has created the opportunity to further restore the habitat in this formerly polluted area and revitalize it as a community asset. Trees planted in the Courtenay Forebay so far include: Butternut (Juglans cinerea), Black Walnut (Juglans nigra), Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa), American Elm (Ulmus americana), Black Cherry (Prunus serotina), and Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum).

In September, a large group of volunteers from TD Canada Trust helped to plant 250 “living bird feeders” in the Manchester Bird Sanctuary. These low-lying berry bushes will create an understory for the forest and provide food for birds and other wildlife. The following species were planted: Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis), Winterberry (Ilex verticillata), Black Elderberry (Sambucus nigra), and Nannyberry (Viburnum lentago).

2013: The riparian zone of a ~800m section of Marsh Creek, received 350 native potted evergreen trees as part of an ongoing effort to restore the ecological integrity of this highly developed urban watershed. The trees, which consisted of 110 White cedar (Thuja occidentalis), 110 White pine (Pinus strobus), 110 White spruce (Picea glauca) and 20 Eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis), were chosen to increase the floral diversity of an area dominated by White birch (Betula cordifolia) and alder (Alnus spp.), and to increase winter cover for avian and mammalian species that inhabit this area. The event was organised and coordinated by ACAP Saint John, who leveraged the much needed manpower provided by two local Xerox operations. Trees and volunteers were transported to the relatively inaccessible site by means of canoes that had been donated by local stakeholders. The project was a component of the overarching Marsh Creek Restoration Initiative which envisions restoring Marsh Creek into a world-class example of sustainable urban landscape design.

2012: Over the course of the Summer, 125 volunteers planted 850 native trees throughout three urban watersheds in Saint John. These plantings completed a three-year project in which ACAP developed a best management practices manual for applying tree planting techniques near watercourses. 

 

Placemaking

Placemaking shows people just how powerful their collective vision can be. It helps them to re-imagine everyday spaces, and to see anew the potential of parks, downtowns, waterfronts, plazas, neighborhoods, streets, markets, campuses and public buildings.” (Project for Public Spaces)

 

During the summer of 2015 ACAP Saint John reached out to the Saint John community for ideas. Three signs were placed around the City to encourage people to write down their thoughts, concerns, ideas, and hopes for Tin Can Beach. The signs filled up with over 230 constructive comments from community members. These comments have already informed design decisions for the area and will continue to guide revitalization efforts. The following word cloud was created from comments written by the community.

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