Conservation Council of New Brunswick has been at the forefront of environmental protection in New Brunswick since 1969.
Conservation Council of New Brunswick believes the future of all life depends on bringing human activity in balance with ecological limits.
Conservation Council of New Brunswick is a non-profit organization that creates awareness of environmental problems and advances practical solutions through research, education and interventions.
The idea for a provincial environmental organization for New Brunswick was first proposed in January 1969 at the annual meeting of the New Brunswick Institute of Agrology by soil scientist Kenneth Langmaid. With a $50 grant from the institute, Ken joined with a group of other scientists, writers, and journalists to found the Conservation Council of New Brunswick on October 18, 1969. Kenneth Langmaid served as our first president. The original provisional directors included Robert Strang, Gerald Shaw, and Austin Squires.
In 1979, the Conservation Council hired its first Executive Director, Dana Silk. Dana was succeeded by Janice Harvey in 1983. In 1985, David Coon joined Janice to serve as Policy Director. By 1990, the organization had grown such that it was organizing its work into programs, beginning with its Marine Conservation Program. Sustainable Agriculture and Environmental Health Programs were added in the mid-1990?s. These were followed by the establishment of Forest Conservation, Climate Action, Health Watch Programs, and most recently, Buy Local NB, Freshwater Protection, and Learning Outside.
In 2012, David Coon retired from the Conservation Council of New Brunswick after 33 years to pursue other personal passions. Lois Corbett took the reigns as Executive Director in 2014, bringing a wealth of public policy and environmental advocacy experience to the organization.
The Conservation Council of New Brunswick works to protect our air, land and water. We are run by a small, dedicated staff. We depend on our members to give us the independence we need to speak out credibly and effectively on behalf of the environment and our communities.