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Award honours founders of rare Charitable Research Reserve

Cambridge Times,
May 4 2016

CAMBRIDGE – Waterloo Region Nature, during a ceremony April 28, announced the 2016 recipients of the regional Conservation Award.

Among the four recipients of this year’s award were Michael Barnstijn and Louise MacCallum, for their work as founding members of rare Charitable Research Reserve.

The pair was cited for their vision in establishing rare as a land trust and environmental institute, which ensured that more than 900 acres of land could be set aside for conservation. To date, it is the largest contribution that has ever been made to land preservation in Waterloo Region by private individuals, for the community to enjoy.

The awards acknowledge the contribution made by individuals, groups, organizations or corporations toward the conservation and preservation of the natural environment of Waterloo Region.

The recipients each received a plaque and an ovation for their accomplishments as ambassadors for environmental stewardship and advocacy in Waterloo Region.

Founded in 1934, Waterloo Region Nature is a local nature club servicing Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and the townships. As a registered charity, the club is engaged in conservation activities about any aspect of nature for all ages including monthly meetings and outings. It is affiliated with Ontario Nature, the province’s umbrella group for nature enthusiasts.