Community Spotlight: McIntosh Run Watershed Association
Started in 1994, MRWA established itself as a voice for the watershed, with a goal to further conservation and community stewardship – with roughly half of the watershed as crown land, their aim is to connect nature with the community in a sustainable way. The organization is volunteer-driven, and encourages the community living in and around the watershed to get involved in a variety of ways.
Some of their projects include “Fish Friends” – partnering with the local elementary school to raise and release brook trout, river cleanups with J.L Ilsley High School, as well as with Halifax universities to conduct ecological surveys and habitat restoration projects within the watershed. Volunteer trail work days, guided hikes, and a dedicated team aim to preserve the watershed for years to come.
A major focus of MRWA is the development of a growing network of designated trails for hiking and mountain biking. What started as a Community Trail in 2011 has developed into more than 20 kilometres of singletrack trails throughout the watershed! Check out their website for trail maps and how to get involved at: https://mcintoshrun.ca!