Beside Magazine featured the story of the 100 Wild Islands in their most recent issue after visiting the islands this past summer. They interviewed our Executive Director Bonnie Sutherland along with several individuals from the local community. Read their full article here.
Watch the beautiful video they captured
Halifax Council approved the transfer of a one acre parcel of land on Gerard Island to the Nova Scotia Nature Trust at yesterday's Council meeting. The property will be sold for one dollar through the Municipality’s community interest surplus lands program. While the property is small, its protection brings an 800 acre coastal island gem one step closer to being protected, forever, as part of the Nature Trust’s 100 Wild Islands coastal wilderness.
The Nova Scotia Nature Trust and Nova Scotia Environment are seeking community input that will help guide the ongoing management and use of the 100 Wild Islands and the Eastern Shore Islands Wilderness Area. Join us for an Information Session and Workshop to learn about
progress to date on protecting the islands, share your stories about the islands, how you use them and what your vision is for their future.
Last week on a beautiful summer day, we welcomed 30 Canada C3 Expedition staff, crew and participants to join us for a day exploring the 100 Wild Islands. Canada C3 spent the day learning about the campaign to protect this globally-significant coastal wilderness and enjoying its stunning natural beauty.
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.
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.