Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Macoun Marsh Plaque Unveiling at Beechwood, the National Cemetery of Canada

Jennifer Lapierre of TD Canada Trust with Nicole Bedard of Beechwood

The Beechwood Cemetery Foundation hosted a plaque unveiling ceremony at the Macoun Marsh, a unique and protected urban wetland in the southeast corner of Beechwood, National Cemetery of Canada. Thanks to the generous support of the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, seven informational plaques have been placed along the walking trails around the Macoun Marsh. The content and images for these plaques were created by students and youth volunteers from St-Laurent Academy Elementary and Junior High. They are involved with the care and maintenance of the Marsh.
Named in honour of John Macoun (1831-1920), a Canadian naturalist interred at Beechwood, the Macoun Marsh provides school children with an interactive classroom in which to learn about nature and ecological stewardship. The Marsh has received international recognition and is being used as a model for the care and protection of urban ecologies by the United Nations Environmental Program. To date, over 1,360 species have been recorded at the Marsh.

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