Nova Scotian families contribute ecologically valuable land for protection by NS Nature Trust

St. Mary’s River, Guysborough Co.

The Summer and Fall 2017 edition of Landlines, the newsletter for the Nova Scotia Nature Trust, highlights recent contributions of land by several Nova Scotia families for protection by NSNT. From Landlines:

An Earth Day Gift: A New Freshwater Refuge for Wildlife
In celebration of Earth Day, the Nova Scotia Nature Trust announced new conservation lands on Hog Lake in Queen’s County, Nova Scotia. A haven for wetland-dependent wildlife including a family of nesting loons, the property also has potential habitat for the nationally endangered Blanding’s Turtle and Eastern Ribbonsnake.

We’re very grateful to land donor Peter Freeman, who grew up enjoying the wilds of Hog Lake and the surrounding forests and wetlands, from his nearby family cottage. Read the full story.

The Sobey Family Donates Land on the St. Mary’s River
At a special public celebration in Sherbrooke on Saturday August 12th, we celebrated the donation of a 30 acre property on the St. Mary’s River by David and Faye Sobey. The property provides critical habitat for a diversity of wildlife, including endangered species, and it is also steeped in memories for the Sobey family who have been visiting this part of the river for over 80 years.

Our sincere thanks goes out to the Sobey family for entrusting us with a treasured piece of property on this much-loved river. The new property adds to our existing network of protected properties along the river, which now encompasses nearly 800 acres of important forest and wetland habitats.
Read the full story.

Fulfilling a Conservation Dream in Cape Breton
On Oct. 25th, we announced the protection of two new conservation lands on the Bras d’Or Lake, in Cape Breton. Generously donated by Alastair Saunders and Chris Corston, the new conservation lands build on a mosaic of Nature Trust protected areas in Cape Breton preserving rare island and coastal habitats, wetlands and oldgrowth forests. The land gift also fulfils a mother’s dream, keeping a treasured piece of family land wild, forever.
Read the full story.

Thanks to these families and the Nova Scotia Nature Trust for gifts that will keep on giving to the wildlife that shares this land with us, and so also to our grandchildren’s grandchildren.

It sure made my day just to read about it.

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