Environmental leader Mabel Fitz-Randolph honoured at tree planting (08/08/27)

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Aug. 27, 2008

MUSQUASH (CNB) -- Historian and conservationist Mabel Fitz-Randolph is being recognized for her environmental leadership with a tree planted in her honour in Musquash.


Environment Minister Roland Haché participated in a tree-planting ceremony in Musquash today to pay tribute to Fitz-Randolph, recipient of the 2007 Environmental Leadership Award in the lifetime achievement category.

"This tree stands as a symbol of Mabel Fitz-Randolph's dedication to protecting the environment and promoting its sustainability," Haché said. "Environmental sustainability is vital not only to people's well-being but also to the strength of our communities, which must remain strong so that New Brunswick can be self-sufficient by 2026."

In 1999, Fitz-Randolph was one of the founding members of the group that recommended the Musquash estuary and marsh be considered a marine protected area. In March 2007, the estuary was designated as the first marine protected area in the Bay of Fundy.

Since 2003, Fitz-Randolph has been a volunteer member of the Nature Conservancy of Canada's Musquash Estuary Stewardship Committee, one of a group of local volunteers who monitor the estuary.

The Environmental Leadership Awards are presented annually to individuals, groups and businesses that demonstrate exceptional leadership in the enhancement and protection of the environment. A panel of independent judges selects the recipients. Information about the Environmental Leadership Awards is available online.


MEDIA CONTACT: Michael Wesson, public affairs, Environment, 506-453-3700.