UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve Receives Significant Mountain Equipment Co-op Funding

Posted February 22, 2013

Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) has just announced funding for the Fundy Biosphere Reserve and their project Trail Amazing Places 2.0. Fundy Biosphere Reserve’s Trail Amazing Places 2.0 project received $35,000, which was the full amount requested and the highest amount available in MEC’s Capacity Building category. Out of 88 applications submitted to MEC in the Capacity Building category in late 2012, only 10 organizations were funded for a total of $208,379.

“This is great news for us, and for residents and visitors to the Fundy Biosphere Reserve,” said Megan de Graaf, Executive Director of the Fundy Biosphere Reserve. “We began the first Amazing Places project as way to identify and promote places of environmental significance such as biodiversity, topography, landscapes or views that depict the unique environment of the region. With this funding from MEC, we will be adding incredible web content including innovative nature video interpretation explaining the importance of these places. This project therefore encourages conservation, nature education, and healthy living all in one.”

“We saw enormous merit in supporting the next stage of the Amazing Places project,” said Andrew Stegemann, Community Program Manager at MEC. “We value innovative projects that emphasize the conservation of ecologically and recreationally important places where we adventure and that sustain us. It was clear to us that the FBR is dedicated to promotingboth sustainable outdoor activity and conservation, which is very compatible with MEC’s goals.”

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“Many of the Amazing Places featuredinthis projectwill be familiar to people, such as the Sea Caves in St. Martin’s and the Hopewell Rocks”, continued de Graaf. “But others are equally spectacular but less well-known, and we want to showcase them all to the people and communities in the Fundy Biosphere Reserve”.

The Amazing Places project allows people to use their smartphones to access web-based interpretive content via signs placed at each Amazing Place, as well as explore all of the trails and Amazing Places in the FBR through a Google Earth application. As the new project is unrolled, people will have access to more Amazing Places, more interpretive information, and extensive videos of the experience that each Amazing Place can offer.