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Volunteers Needed For Pendleton Island Clean-Up

By Tim Herd Aug 15, 2022 | 7:30 AM

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The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is looking for volunteers to take part in a shoreline clean-up.

On Saturday, August 20, NCC will lead a clean-up on Pendleton Island, which is part of the Fundy Isles in Passamaquoddy Bay and is around 300 metres north of Deer Island.

“It is an uninhabited island that has a lot of different terrains, so there are lots of different trees, and it has a high tidal range, so there’s lots of different sea animals and things that go through, and because it’s right by the bay, there’s lots of pollution that get washed up from the water onto the shore, so we will be going to the island to clean up that garbage,” said Caroline Blakely, conservation volunteer engagement intern for New Brunswick.

Blakely mentioned that they hope to accomplish removing a large fishing net.

“There’s a huge fishing net that is entwined in part of the beach, so we will be digging it out because it has been buried in the sand from the high tides because animals can get caught in it.”

As well, there will be other fishing equipment, such as lobster traps, ropes, and styrofoam debris that volunteers will be cleaning up.

Blakely mentioned that the NCC hopes to have around 18 to 20 volunteers to help with the clean-up.

It will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers will meet at the Deer Island Ferry Landing at 9 a.m., where the group will be transported over by ferry free of charge by resident Wade Richardson.

Snacks and beverages will be provided, and Blakely added it is a good idea to bring sunscreen, hats, water bottles, bug spray, warm layers, and rain gear.

Tools such as garbage bags and work gloves will be provided.

NCC acquired Pendleton Island in 2007. Thomas Pendleton bought the land in 1796. Several generations of the Pendleton family occupied the site, occupying two homestead sites, raising crops, and grazing cattle until about 1935.

For more information, or to sign up to be a volunteer, click here.


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