Literary icon and passionate environmental advocate Margaret Atwood has issued an appeal to Canadians to join the Friends of the Wild, a special initiative in support of the Nova Scotia Nature Trust’s 100 Wild Islands coastal wilderness efforts.
The Nova Scotia Nature Trust announced a new protected area today in the spectacular 100 Wild Islands. The 40 acre conservation lands on Gerard Island brings 85% of the eastern shore’s nationally significant, wild and beautiful coastal archipelago under protection.
This latest addition to the 100 Wild Islands is 40 acres in size and encompasses over a kilometer of shoreline on Gerard Island, one kilometer offshore from Popes Harbour. The property was acquired through purchase.
The 800 acre Gerard Island is one of the largest islands in Nova Scotia. It is nestled between the Nature Trust’s Shelter Cove Conservation Lands and the provincially protected Taylor Head Provincial Park. Over 87% of Gerard Island has now been protected or is in the process of being protected, including efforts by the Nature Trust’s provincial and municipal partners.
Ecologically rich and diverse, Gerard Island encompasses large areas of undisturbed coastal forests, bogs, barrens, cobble beaches, wetlands, eelgrass meadows and saltmarsh, including the well‐known 15 acre landmark, “the Mud Hole.”
With some of Nova Scotia’s only remaining undisturbed maritime coastal boreal forests, the island also provides refuge to boreal songbirds that are increasingly rare on the mainland.
The 100 Wild Islands Campaign Team was honored with the Nature Trust’s 2016 Conservation Award for their tremendous dedication making the 100 Wild Islands dream a reality.
The Campaign Team recipients are nine incredible volunteers: Bill Greenwood, Jim Lawley, Ella McQuinn, Whipple Smith, Eric Thomson, Gregor Wilson, Paul Scott, Judy Robertson and Michele McKenzie. They bravely accepted a challenge that many believed impossible and persevered, with wonderful results!
Through sheer determination, many, many hours of hard work over 3 years, infectious enthusiasm, and unequalled energy and passion, they made it possible for us to raise the $7 million necessary to save the islands, and also laid solid foundations for our future. This team has also helped to lay solid foundations for the Nature Trust's future. They helped build the capacity, credibility and profile of the Nature Trust and opened many new hearts and minds to our cause.
To date, 80% of the archipelago has been protected with more in progress. The Nature Trust is now moving to the next chapter of the 100 Wild Islands campaign: caring for the islands and ensuring they stay wild and pristine forever.
The Nature Trust Conservation Award was created in 1992 to recognize individuals or organizations demonstrating an outstanding dedication to protecting Nova Scotia’s natural legacy.
Last week we visited Borgles Island and Shelter Cove with a group of social influencers, bloggers, photographers, videographers and adventurers!
This day helped us launch Friends of the Wild, the exciting next step in the 100 Wild Islands Campaign, that will help us keep the islands wild, forever.
Halifax Mayor Mike Savage joined the Nova Scotia Nature Trust today to celebrate a major milestone in Nova Scotian wilderness conservation. From a wild and beautiful island paradise on the eastern shore, the Mayor helped launch the Friends of the Wild. He encouraged citizens to join this new initiative to help shape and sustain one of Nova Scotia’s least known, yet greatest natural treasures, Halifax’s own 100 Wild Islands coastal wilderness.
Halifax Regional Council voted Tuesday to contribute $300,000 to the Nova Scotia Nature Trust’s 100 Wild Islands Legacy Campaign. The commitment helps the Nature Trust reach its $7 million fundraising goal, the funds needed to complete the critical first phase of the campaign, securing the 100 Wild islands as a protected coastal wilderness.
The story of the most recent land donation is so inspiring! The announcement of the donation of Laybolt and the Witchwood Islands on Friday received coverage on CTV's Live at 5 (view here), CTV's Morning Live (view here), and the Front page of Saturday's Chronicle Herald (view here). Thanks again to Sally and Munju Ravindra for being such passionate spokespeople for conservation, and thanks to both donating families for giving this amazing gift.
The Nova Scotia Nature Trust announced today the protection of two spectacular coastal gems, Laybolt and Witchwood Islands, the latest additions to the land trust’s iconic 100 Wild Islands coastal legacy campaign.
The 96 and 42 acre islands have been entrusted to the care of the Nature Trust through a generous donation by two Nova Scotian families. 45 years ago, Sally and Ravi Ravindra, along with another couple who wish to remain anonymous, purchased Laybolt Island, off the coast of Little Harbour on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore. The families saw a wonderful opportunity to keep at least one spectacular part of Nova Scotia’s beautiful coastline wild.
When they heard about the Nature Trust’s 100 Wild Islands Legacy Campaign, the idea crystalized that their islands should be part of this bold vision to protect a vast coastal island wilderness area on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore.
The islands are the most southerly among a group of over 200 beautiful, undeveloped islands nestled together on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore, which have been recognized as a globally significant coastal wilderness.
Nova Scotian environmentalist and journalist Silver Donald Cameron has written a beautiful article about the 100 Wild Islands, entitled Treasured Islands, for the December 2015 issue of Canadian Geographic Magazine. The magazine hit newsstands in January, and features stunning photography by nature photographer Nick Hawkins.
Our supporters and volunteers are incredibly special to us, and we are honoured to partner with them to protect private land in Nova Scotia.
We'd like to introduce you to some of the Faces of the 100 Wild Islands - some of the many amazing people who are making this ambitious campaign a reality!
This Holiday Season, Consider a Different Way of Giving — Give the Gift of Nature!
Share your passion for nature with your friends, family and colleagues by giving the gift of an ecologically rich wetland or an old growth forest. Give an acre of coastal headlands, beaches and islands or help to save critical habitat for wildlife by adopting a bird, frog or turtle for the people on your holiday list. All Adopt and Island gifts will be directed to the 100 Wild Islands campaign, and will be matched dollar for dollar by Paul Gauthier.