$35,000 donation to help fund development of native plant conservation
and medicinal healing garden, interpretive walking trail
COOKVILLE, NB, Feb. 2, 2012 /CNW/ - Today marks the beginning of an
exciting new initiative by the Atlantic Wildlife Institute (AWI), who
in a ceremony this morning unveiled its new "Restoring Balance" project. In partnership with TD Friends of the Environment Foundation
and the Westmorland Institution, and developed with the Aboriginal
community in New Brunswick, Restoring Balance includes a number of new initiatives at the AWI Learning Centre in
Cookville designed to connect the community with the nature that
Informed by traditional Aboriginal knowledge and the science of plant
ecology, the Restoring Balance project focuses on the preservation and study of native and medicinal
plants, while offering Aboriginal peoples the opportunity to connect
with their traditions through garden work and engagement with elders.
Inmates at the Westmorland Institution will tend to the gardens and
nursery. Through this project, they will have an opportunity to restore
balance in their own lives by reconnecting with the wisdom of their
"Restoring Balance is an exciting new extension of our ongoing
commitment to wildlife rehabilitation as a means of exploring the links
between ecosystem health and human well-being" says Pam Novak,
Co-Founder, Atlantic Wildlife Institute. "With support from TD Friends
of the Environment and the Westmorland Institution, we're now extending
our focus to the world of plants and the wisdom of healing."
"The Restoring Balance project is a wonderful example of what dedicated
individuals can do to rejuvenate and restore areas that are important
to local communities," says Mary Desjardins, Executive Director, TD
Friends of the Environment Foundation. "We are a proud supporter of
the Atlantic Wildlife Institute and of initiatives like Restoring
Balance that link environmental initiatives with cultural traditions
Thanks to a $35,000 donation from the TD Friends of the Environment
Foundation, Restoring Balance will incorporate a number of exciting initiatives, including:
Native Plant Conservation and Medicinal Healing Garden: Adjacent to the AWI Learning Centre in Cookville, the garden will
provide a showcase for preservation and study of the many native plant
species onsite that are currently classified as sensitive or at risk.
Demonstration of the Use of Native Plants in Landscaping: The project will grow to include a Native Plant and Tree Nursery,
designed to propagate and distribute specimens of native plants for use
in landscaping and habitat restoration.
Interpretive Walking Trail and Signage: Along with the garden, a self-guided trail through varied plant
habitats (including meadows, wetlands, stream banks, ponds and a
woodlot) will be restored, demonstrating the diversity of New
Brunswick's Acadian Forest.
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The project is already receiving accolades in the province.
"Initiatives like Restoring Balance help to provide our community with
new understanding of the environment around us, one that's filled with
rich tradition and beauty," said the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Member
of Parliament for Beausejour. "We hope that the people of New
Brunswick, and Canada as a whole, will take advantage of this
opportunity, which we are fortunate to have, here in our own backyard."
For more information on the Atlantic Wildlife Institute, please visit http://atlanticwildlife.ca/. For more information on TD Friends of the Environment Foundation,
please visit http://www.fef.td.com/.
About the Atlantic Wildlife Institute
The Atlantic Wildlife Institute (AWI) was founded in 1996 as a
nationally registered, charitable, not-for-profit corporation dedicated
to the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife that has been displaced as
a result of human encroachment on natural ecosystems. AWI is located on
a 120 acre site of mixed forests, open fields and wetlands overlooking
the Tantramar River, about 15 kilometres outside of Sackville, in
southeastern New Brunswick.
Site infrastructure includes a wildlife learning centre, animal care
buildings, a one-hundred foot flight aviary, an aquatic animal
treatment building, large mammal enclosures and various educational
areas. Over the years, AWI has handled over 4,000 rescue and
rehabilitation cases, representing more than 100 species of birds and
mammals. In addition, staff have provided consultation and advice in
more than 20,000 wildlife emergency situations.
About TD Friends of the Environment Foundation:
Since 1990, TD FEF has provided more than $57 million in funding to more
than 20,000 grassroots environment and wildlife projects across Canada.
In 2011, TD FEF provided more than $3.6 million in support of 1,058
projects. Thousands of donors give to TD FEF on a monthly basis and TD
Bank Group contributes in excess of $1 million annually. TD also covers
the management costs of running TD FEF, which guarantees 100 per cent
of every dollar donated goes directly to funding environment and
wildlife projects in the community where the donation was made. For
more information on how to donate and get involved in your community,
SOURCE TD Friends of the Environment Foundation
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Atlantic Wildlife Institute