It’s National Volunteer Week. A time to recognize all volunteers for the time they selflessly give to others and to our community. It’s also the perfect time to recognize some Saint John Volunteer who have gone above and beyond in the past year.
Walter Emrich is a long-time friend, member, and volunteer of the Nature Trust of New Brunswick—a provincial land conservation organization. Walter retired from the forestry industry to dedicate his time to the things he loves most: his family, volunteering with the Nature Trust, the Chance Harbour Nature Spa, and leading kayaking tours. Since 2001, he has played an instrumental role in carrying out the three pillars of the Nature Trust’s mission; to conserve, steward, and educate. For the past 5 years, he has been an active board member, a member of the Acquisition Committee, and has chaired the Stewardship Committee.
Walter has played a large part in the successful conservation of hundreds of hectares of land across New Brunswick, and is a leading voluntary land steward for many Saint John area preserves, where he has led many stewardship group workshops for the public: Manawagonish Island, Blueberry Hill, Boars Head Nature Preserves to name a few. His leadership is key for maintaining trails, signage, and boundaries of nature preserves and mediating land use issues.
By guiding nature walks, paddling trips, and helping facilitate workshops across the province, Walter has educated hundreds of people on our natural heritage, inspiring others with his love of nature and passion for forest and ocean ecosystems.